It took a few tries, but I managed to knock off our inspiration bag pretty well, don't you think? You are going to have so much fun making this bag because I used the easiest sewing techniques possible - plus I stabilized it with some unwanted fabric in my stash to save money - yay!
When I was ready to take pictures of my 'final tester bag,' I noticed something funny about the rope handles in our inspiration photo that I never noticed before. Check out how they stand up, lol!
After some head-scratching, I managed to make my rope handles stand up too with some invisible thread and a little helper. :)
One more thing I thought you might want to see - contrast pockets didn't work so well for me! I thought this would be my final tester version but my great brilliant idea to different fabric for the pockets just didn't look so great in this iPhone photo that I snapped right before I installed the grommets for the handles.
I'm so glad that I took a picture - it helped me step bag and take a second look. I decided to un-pick my bag a few steps and cut out matching pockets.
Oh, and of course I will offer suggestions for optional handles if you prefer not to use rope. Rope is pretty awesome, though. Some of you commented that you feared rope would get dirty easily or be tough on the shoulders. My other Rope Handled Totes are three years old now, and I haven't had either of those problems.
I kept the contrast pockets on the inside because those baby sloths are just too cute! And as you see, this bag can be reversible if you want it to be.
All of these fabrics are from the new Rainforest Slumber collection from Blend. You'll see more of it when I sew up one more bag and take photos for our tutorial... coming next week hopefully!
Thanks so much for sharing this sewing challenge with me and following along. I can't wait to see the bags that you sew using my free pattern! When it's done, this pattern will definitely go on my list of Tote Bags You Can Sew In an Afternoon, it's so fast and easy!