Taylor Tailor Canvas Wine Tote

This was a quick little fun project: a tiny tote bag for . . . just about anything.

I whipped it up in a lightweight, canvas-like fabric that looks like a basketweave.

The basketweave is kind of a fail, I think. I’ve made a couple of bags from it, and somehow it just doesn’t quite work. It’s not ironic, and doesn’t come off as clever, either. Maybe I should be sewing fake baskets, instead? That might work!

However, I lined it with chocolates, which works just fine:

The pattern isĀ  the Waxed Canvas Wine Tote from Taylor Tailor; it’s a free pattern available on Taylor’s blog. Taylor made his up in waxed canvas, which looks excellent! (And quite a bit more interesting than my basketweave.) It’s simple to stitch up, but I found that the pattern wasn’t quite aligned perfectly. The fix was easy; just check before you cut and sew. And I moved the location of the pocket slightly; Taylor has it curve over the side, and I moved it closer to the front.

The little pocket on the right front is meant for a cork pull, and there’s meant to be a snap between front and back to separate two wine bottles. I left the snap off — in spite of that luscious chocolate lining, I use this little tote to hold my sneaker socks, right next to my indoor cycle, so I can always grab the socks quickly. Sigh. No exercise, no chocolate!

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