Burlap Tote

Seems every bag I make becomes my favorite.  A friend requested a burlap tote similar to the coffee bag, but in green.  Lucky for her, I had the green burlap in stock!  (by in stock I mean tucked away in my tiny stash of fabric).  I used the same exact pattern I had drafted for the Rescued Coffee Sack Tote.  The tote is 14″ tall x 16″ wide and fully lined with a complimentary green striped cotton print.  The brown faux leather straps also compliment the green burlap very well.  The bottom of the tote is “boxed out”, which gives the bag a completely different look.  This was a one of a kind tote made for a friend, I hope she is enjoying it as much as I am jealous of it!  =)


Piled next to the green burlap, I had this red also stashed away.  I was very excited to do a tote with this bold colored burlap.  Like the green version, this one was also fully lined with a gorgeous canvass floral print.  The faux leather straps were a perfect companion once again.  Unfortunately the story of this bag does not end on a good note like the green one.  This bag was a gift for my mother in law, I was happy she was excited about it.  She took it out the very next day to show it off and to her dismay, the red burlap actually stained her clothes!!  I was mortified when she told me the news.  Seems as though the super bright tint of the burlap is transferable to anything rubbing against it =(   I was super sad I would have to discontinue the use of the red burlap.  I was able to rescue most of my work by replacing the outer red shell with the green burlap.  Luckily the floral lining looked great against the green fabric.  Crisis averted!


6 thoughts on “Burlap Tote

  1. Shame about the staining as it is such an amazing colour. In general I think these bags are great! I wouldnt have noticed that you used fake leather!
    Great idea using floral lining too!

  2. I love these bags. Simple, effective and a touch of elegance. Was it difficult sewing the handles in. Ive never worked with faux leather. Was size needle did you use? My mother used to pretreat (washing) all red fabrics by soaking them in a water and salt solution. She would do that until it no longer bled. I try doing it, I don’t have a formula, I just keep adding the salt (Mortons). Anyway, you may want to give it a try.

  3. Thank you for the lovely comments! I practiced a bit with the faux leather to get comfortable working with it. The tutorial link was VERY helpful. I used the standard leather needle for my machine. Picked it up at Joann’s in a little pack of 6, I dont remember if there were even size options for that type. I should try pretreating next time! Thanks so much for the tips!

  4. LOVE THESE LOVE YOUR BLOG just found you. Do you share your Patterns for these bags? or do you sell them?

    1. Thank you sooo much! I dont really have a “pattern” for these tote bags. I just cut the fabric the same width/length every time. I do sell the bags when I have them available =)

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