Canvas Summer Tote

I am so excited about my new summer tote. Don’t get me wrong, the re-usable green grocery bag that I had been using was functional, but this one is just plain fun! It is perfect for afternoon outings when I need more space than my basic purse. It also hangs perfectly off of the umbrella stroller and stores nicely inside the cargo area on our bike trailer. This baby goes everywhere with me.

I made it with canvas so that it is nice and sturdy. It will also wash up really well and since I used a contrasting solid red for the bottom, it will hide dirt better than the floral canvas. I absolutely love this canvas fabric. I ordered a yard from Wholeport and it was plenty for the outside. I used a dark pink for the inside.
I made it an inch longer and wider than the pattern. I also made the straps 3″ longer to fit my long torso. Oh, and it’s REVERSIBLE. Nice.
This bag took me about an hour to make. It was so easy. Nothing I hadn’t done before, but I wasn’t sure how big to make the dimensions, and so I turned to Dana from MADE and used her Reversible, Lined, Color Block Tote Tutorial. Totally cut out all of the guess work and made it such a fun afternoon project.
I occasionally will review an item or write a sponsored post with compensation, but only do so for companies relevant to my content on Gluesticks. In this post I received the canvas fabric in exchange for telling my readers about it.


  1. says

    That bag is so adorable!!! I love its color and its design. I hope I can make one like those as well. I will check on the link you’ve shared. Thank you so much for sharing this sewing idea, Brandy.

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