From Beth: We knew we could count on Lina to whip up a lovely version of the roomy Eco Market Tote from Favorite Things! Learn more about Lina in her introduction and be sure to check out her pattern review for this handy tote below.
Pattern
Eco Market Tote from Favorite Things
Description
Shop responsibly with the reusable shopping tote. There are two versions, basic and detailed. Both of which are lined with the option of fabric or web handles. The detailed tote has a roomy outside pocket and two small inside pockets for a cell phone and glasses.

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Eco Market Tote by Lina, Linaloo

Fabric Recommendations
The pattern recommends cottons, linen and other medium weight fabrics that wash and wear well. I chose a medium weight cotton print from Ikea for the bag and a shock of orange cotton twill for the lining. Depending on the desired look the pattern also suggests using interlining and spray adhesive. I used a very lightweight iron-on interfacing as my fabric was already reasonably sturdy. The pattern includes instructions for making fabric handles, but you may also use webbing as I opted to.
Materials
The detailed tote requires:
3 yards of cotton belt webbing
1 large button, 2/3 yards of fabric for the tote
2/3 yards fabric for the lining
2/3 yards fabric for the outside pocket

Optional:
2/3 yard interlining (thin cotton batting)
1/3 yard fabric (optional fabric handles)

Overall Design 5 stars
A functional yet attractive design with cute details like the front pocket and the curved edges.

 

Written Instructions 4 stars
I found the instructions clear but someone new to bag making would probably benefit from more detailed, basic instructions.

Diagrams / Images 4 stars
Generally helpful.

Pattern Pieces 4 stars
These were very straightforward although there were no layout guidelines for cutting fabric which would be helpful for beginners.

Overall Level of Difficulty Advanced beginner/Intermediate
Like some people are scared of zippers, I’ve managed to avoid dealing with buttonholes thus far in my sewing endeavors. I was surprised to find out it how easy it was!

Modifications + Tips
I didn’t do this but I think the front pocket would benefit from being lined for a more professional looking finish. Also some kind of snap press/closure for the main bag would have been useful also.

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Conclusion
It’s a stylish, easy bag to add to your repertoire – much roomier than your average tote. I’d definitely make this again and think it would make an excellent beach bag.

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