Collapsible Shopping Tote

For Christmas, my sister gave me the new sewing book “One Yard Wonders,” which has so many fabulous projects in it made of – obviously – just one yard of fabric. The projects are quite inspiring as to how to use up the odds and ends of fabric that seem to accumulate over time from miscellaneous projects, impulse purchases and what not. So needless to say, I have a lot of projects planned from this book!

Collapsible Shopping Tote
I absolutely love my first project – the Collapsible Shopping Tote. It’s a lot like those overpriced bags that you see at stores for sale; I worked at a store recently that sold flimsy nylon ones for $12 each! It does fold up a little bit bulkier than said overpriced bags due to the fact that it’s made from quilting cotton and is obviously thicker than cheapy nylon.

Collapsible Shopping Tote - Folded Up

The fabric was originally intended for a pair of PJ pants from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing, but my fabric wasn’t wide enough for the pattern pieces. And since I bought two yards and needed just a yard for this project, I have enough left to play around with and make something else!



  1. January 9, 2010 / 2:57 pm

    It looks great! Why have I not gotten this book, yet?

  2. January 9, 2010 / 3:14 pm

    Just saw this as a post by One Yard Wonders on Facebook. It is adorable! I have that book and an extra yard (or twenty)of fabric in the sewing closet, I should make one!

  3. January 9, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    I love the fabric you used for the bag! Do you happen to remember what brand it is? (I also saw this up on fb and clicked through. I've made the banana-style bag and am plotting my next project from the book.)

  4. January 13, 2010 / 9:24 pm

    i would love you to do this review over on my blog!! email me patchworkposse @ yahoo . com
    this month the sewing focus is One yard Wonders. let me know. it turned out way cute.

  5. January 31, 2010 / 9:20 am

    Lovely – I need to buy that book….

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