Of course tote bags are not the latest fashion, but they've earned some kind of status, the same way t-shirts did decades ago. Despite their plain shape, every well-known designer has made his own interpretation of what a tote bag is. However, tote bags are really close to basic cotton bags, like the ones we use for grocery shopping. In fact, these cotton printed bags (so hipster, aren't they?) are not so far away from designer shopping bags, even if they're made of some sort of exotic leather. Materials are not the same, but they have the same spirit.
This kind of bags are a perfect sewing exercise for beginners. Probably it would be great as a second sewing project after a basic skirt, like the one I showed you guys here. This week I'm going to show you guys how to make a real tote bag, with facing, lining etc. Something we can be proud of. And it won't be so hard, I promise! It will be much easier than the envelope clutch I showed you last year.