I’ve wanted to make a bag like this for a long time. Something lightweight, something that was not too tall, but COULD be taller if you needed it to. The convergence of summer vacation and Daisy Janie’s awesome Shades of Grey fabric and I finally had time to make a couple of prototypes!
What I’ve been mulling about for the past little while (um…6 months? a year? Who knows!) I wanted to have a way to top of the bag flop over to cover the opening, but also, have it open top for fast access if I wanted. I love the folding over of the top edge of my nesting buckets, that folding gives a bit more structure, and I love the contrasting color! Well, I had an “Aha!” moment about how to accomplish this last Friday! Woot!
So depending on how much one wants easy access to the inside you can carry it several different ways!
I was a bit on the fence over the extra handles at the top. If there weren’t birds on the bags, the handles would be a nice pop of color against the grey. But I was worried they were muddling the front of the bag. After the first prototype, when I tucked the handles up underneath the fold so see if I wanted to make a bag with no extra handles. But I was pleasantly surprised – they stay tucked up!
I’m really happy with these – and when I take one out, I keep being freaked out at how light these are, I worry I’ve lost my cell phone or something!
If for some reason you haven’t seen enough pix, there are plenty over at my flickr. Hah! And even though I took lots of pix, none of the ones that I took of the inside worked out. I put a zipper pocket on one side and a divided patch pocket on the other with places for 2 pencils, a cell phone and a wallet.
What do you think? Is this type of tote a keeper?