Totes are the ultimate crafty gift. You can personalize these in so many different ways, through your fabric, style and embellishment choices. You can also go one step further and get creative with what you add to the tote! A few favorite books and a small stuffed friend are perfect for kids on your list. Your favorite couple could get a matching picnic blanket in their tote. The possibilities are endless!

What would you add for a really great gift? Remember, every week throughout November we’ll offer two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! Winners will be randomly selected from all comments posted on the blog in the previous week (and we want to hear your great ideas!).

Curved Bag
(a.k.a. Reusable Groceries Bag with Comfy Bag Handles)

Lisa from U-Handbag created this Curved Bag Gusset Tutorial to meet the need for a “pretty, reusable, strong, and roomy groceries bag” (it’s also available as a PDF via the post). Lisa has an additional “tried and tested” blog post about the bag with pictures showing how much it can carry.
Dishtowel Tote
There are occasionally moments when my various worlds come together! Here’s my easy Dishtowel Tote Tutorial via my personal blog, Write, Mama. Write..
Bias Tape Tote
Nancy provides unique shaping and bias tape trim in her Bias Tape Tote Tutorial via her blog, belle epoque. Nancy is also the author of a craft book called Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues, so you know she’s full of great ideas!

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Betty Shopper

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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