I made it! I made it! I made it! The Gap inspired Color Block Tote!! I saw this bag while perusing through Gap and loved it. Of course, I wanted it, but thought, could I make that? Well...yes, I can!
And for cheaper than the one Gap sells (about half the price). I am really loving this Color Block Tote!!
*Update: You can find a tutorial for this bag here!
I was so surprised that it turned out to be so easy. The bag part of the tote was such a breeze, basically a giant zippered pouch. The straps took some thinking and referencing other bags to see how it should be done.
I realized that bag hardware (the buckles, clips, etc.) is not very easy to find, or at least the type of bag hardware I want (aka the nice hardware you find on purses you want to buy). I found my hardware at Joann's, but they aren't my favorite. Where do purse makers find their hardware?? But, without buying 300 pieces?
Since I wasn't loving my choices for straps and handles at Joann's either, I made my own. I made an adjustable shoulder strap and two handles. For the adjustable strap, I looked at one of my purses that had a similar strap. For the two handles, I took the idea from the Weekender Bag (another bag I want to make). Where could I find p/leather straps and handles like the ones on the Gap tote??
The hardest part of this whole bag: cutting the shoulder strap! I was struggling cutting in a straight line, no matter how hard I tried. But, it worked out perfectly in the end.
There are definitely things I would do differently if (when) I make this bag again. Mostly, they are finishing touches that I didn't quite think about until it was too late. It will be perfect as an overnight bag or to hold all of my crafty projects when I visit the family. But, next time, I want to make it a little smaller. I also learned my sewing machine does not love to sew through so many layers of thick, thick fabric, but it will do it, if I coax it.
I LOVE this bag! And I will be making it again.