Product Highlight: A Gorgeous Tote Bag Gift

Happy Monday y’all! I don’t know about you, but this past week has been a brutal beginning to the new year. We had a birthday to celebrate, a party to plan, two different homeschool co-ops to go to (one of which I was teaching at), and lots of post holiday laundry to catch up on. LOL.

Christmas was rather hectic and busy as well, but that’s how it is every year. So, after having those back to back, I am rather tired. However, among all of that I still managed to make this beautiful tote as a Christmas gift for my mom.

I really have fun and enjoy the planning process of a sewing project, especially when it is a gift. I like trying to put myself in the other person’s shoes and think about what colors she would like, what fabric might speak to her, what patterns she would enjoy, and even what kind of special hardware I might be able to slip in there. The icing on the cake is seeing everything come to life as all the elements are pieced together.

So, while my mom didn’t commission the making of this bag, it was definitely a custom creation. My mom doesn’t really like loud and flashy colors, so I knew that the warm, chocolate brown vinyl for the exterior would be perfect for her. She also has a deep and abiding love for the woods and the ocean and batik fabric. So, of course, I paired the chocolate brown with a batik fabric that was a beautiful blend of blue and green tones.

Side note: I think it was in middle school when I first saw the combination of chocolate and blue as a color scheme and to this day it is one of my favorites.

Another passion of my mom’s are roses. As far back as I can remember, rose bushes have been on every birthday and Christmas list she has. So, I chose a lining fabric that had climbing red roses. This way she could carry her beloved flowers with her where ever she goes.

Inside of the tote, slip pocket

Lastly, she is a huge dog person. So, when I found these paw print screws I just knew that I had to include them on this bag. So, I put them front and center on the main strap, sort of reminding someone of the pitter-patter of little puppy feet.

Throughout my mom’s life, she has never been without dogs for long. We always had at least 2 around the house, but it was usually closer to 4.

Anyways, let me know what you think. Do you love the bag as it is or would you change it up with some different fabrics and colors? Would you make this bag for yourself or is it perfect for a friend of yours? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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