Sunday, July 13, 2014

Denim and Batik Tote Bags

Denim and Batik Anita Vacation Tote Bags

What you get when you combine denim fabric, brightly colored Batik fabrics, and a wonderfully versatile tote  bag pattern?    

Why,   you get a couple of brightly colored , yet practical, Anita Vacation Tote bags!!

Anita Vacation Tote bags , using Batik fabric                   Susie's Sunroom

Here are the details:

Pattern:   Anita Vacation Tote bag -     pdf pattern    by Eamylove @ Amy Made That! 
Amy's pattern is written clearly, in tutorial style, with lots of pictures.
              ( This pattern is available at the sale price of $5 now on Craftsy !)

Fabrics used:  Dark blue bottom weight Denim
                     A Batik  , with a rainbow of colors , from my stash  

Bag Dimensions:   10" wide x 13" tall x 6" deep

Tote Bag Features:  Straps with 2 fabrics,  Zippered pocket in the lining, and  magnetic snap top closure

Before I began to sew, I made sure to pre-wash the denim and batik, to minimize  any dark colors running  and any possible shrinkage.

I chose to feature the blues and greens in this bag

I featured the yellows and oranges in this tote

See the bright linings

Wow,  these Anita Vacation Totes can hold a lot!!

I made these bags for Nancy, who is using one bag for carrying things to work ( a small purse , her lunch, and book ),  and the other bag  for her gym/workout clothes.

I am going to post my Anita Vacation Totes in Amy's flickr group "  Amy Made That! and So Did I " ,  where you can see some other  beautiful totes !  Come on and make one for yourself this summer.... you know you've been wanting to make something for yourself!

I'm off to my sewing room!


  1. Love the tote bags, and those fabrics are super cool!!!
    Well done, they look fabulous!
    Cheers, Anita.

  2. Good job on choosing the batik with the denim! Very cool totes!

  3. These bags are beautiful! I really like your fabric choices. I also love the sheep in your header banner :)

  4. I like how you used denim and batik together, they look great!

  5. looks like the perfect sized tote! i love to combine denim and cotton for bags... cotton for the pretty and denim for the durability and stability. You are such a sweet friend!!!

  6. I love your bag Susie, well done! I am already enamored with denim but I love how that batik just continues in the lining. Fun summery colors too!

  7. I am not much into batiks, but I really like your bags! Great combination of fabrics!



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