I have been wanting to add market totes to my Etsy shop for a while now, and I finally have! I am really excited about this because I spent so much time in my head trying to think of the best design for it. I knew that I wanted it to be larger than your standard-sized grocery bag and that I wanted the user to be able to carry it on their shoulder. I started with a basic design that I had made before from the July 2008 issue of Threads Magazine. I made it larger and boxed out the sides of the bag with topstitching to add some structure. Each side of the bag has a pocket, and I used the main fabric for the pocket and the lining fabric for the sides. I think this gives it a really nice contrast.
This is how the first one turned out, using the Timeless Treasures April in Paris fabric for the main fabric and a black and white damask for the lining and sides:
I have only made four of these totes so far, but I have already found some neat fabric combinations for the main bag and lining:
I am going to be making a lot more of these totes and having a lot of fun picking out the fabric combinations!