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February 01, 2010


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You really outdid yourself...this is a wonderful tutorial...so clear.

Thanks Larissa.


Fantastic tutorial!! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I might have to go check the closet and see if I have any fabric that fits those requirements :)


Thanks - I can't wait to make one. I'm jealous of the snow pics. We are just cold - no snow fun.


another wonderful tutorial!! and what a wonderful tote!! we are so fortunate to learn from such a talented artist!


This is the best tote tutorial I have seen! Could you tell me what the finished dimensions are? I am not quite sure since the flat bottom decreases the dimensions. I want to make one for my son to hold his music books and want to make sure it is big enough!


You're the best. Really. THE BEST. Thank you so much. I can't wait to get started on tote #2. (I'm forever grateful).


so cute! i am so addicted to bags that i might just have to make one for myself even though i deffinately don't need it. i'll be on the lookout for the perfect fabric now. thanks for the tut!


thank you, larissa.
i think i must make one. soon!!!!


blow me over that is gorgeous! i made a bag like unto that for my middle daughter for Christmas. the bow just adds so much pizzaz though!


WOW. This is a wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing. I just made my kiddos another set of day night bags, and I squared the bottoms for the first time. I love the look so much better.

Lisa Q

that's how I do mine...but I always have to rethink it everytime...this will come in handy. Love the bag and love your choice of fabrics. you. are. so. good. (when is your book coming out? :))


Very cute bag. Love the tutorial. I like the market bag corners. I'll have to try one out and add it to our library or grocery tote bags. Never can have too many!


My sons love hot cocoa after playing in the snow. We might get some over the weekend, I better stock up ;o)
I love the tutorial, your friend is right you do a wonderful job explaining the process


A great tutorial, Larissa, thanks for sharing with us :) My kids love hot cocoa too; ah, childhoood!

Gabriele Kubo

Dear Larissa,

I was just reading on Shivaya Naturals and discovered your BEAUTIFUL knitted sweaters for your daughter and yourself. My girl and me are in "twin set mood" recently, and I want to ask you if you have any pattern for them?? I also do admire your brown sweater, it has a great cut, love it!
Thank you for showing such a nice style!!


WOW, this tutorial was fantastic, I have successfully completed my first ever bag, thank you very much. I used 10"x10" moda layer cake squares since those were my prettiest prints on hand so now I have a mini-tote-bag worthy of giving as a valentine to my MIL. hooray and thank you again!

I too discovered you thanks to Shivaya Naturals


Fabulox, thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so glad i inspired you to create. Have a wonderful day!

r4 sdhc

Amazing pictures! So creative art. You made a nice bag. I appreciate your hard work.
Thanks for this tutorial.

Bec R

Fantastic tutorial, thank you so much! I have made 2 of these bags for gifts and I love them!

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Finally a simple tutorial for what had seemed an unsurmountable task. Thank you!

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Now I feel stupid. That's cleraed it up for me


Love it...I am planning on using Home Decor fabric to make a tote bag, but need to know what kind of needle to use for the sewing machine. The ones I have might not be strong for the home decor fabric. Any suggestions? Thank you!


Im a tad confused I tried this and my straps were stuck on the inside, any advice?


I used regular home decor fabric (not the heavy upholstery type) and it was fine on my old singer machine.


@ nicole- Did you put your straps BETWEEN the lining and outside layers?

Sue Brooks

Made a few of these as Christmas presents for friends. Easy and look fab. Thanks!


Thank you for this clear and fun tutorial! Great pictures and directions.


Just made your tote...EXCELLENT tutorial! Your pictures and instructions are great. I am so happy with the results! Thank you!


Great tutorial. I made the bag a little larger and sewed the exterior and lining as sep. pieces. I sewed them together with a double line of top stitching so the bag is reversible. My daughter loves it!

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