With a few simple patterns and a dozen innovative ways to stitch them up, you can create a tote for just about any occasion.
Throw in your cardigan and cell phone, then make room for Fifi inside this fashion-forward imitation suede bag featuring a vertical plaid panel down the front. Its square tortoiseshell-style handles allow you to carry this roomy tote comfortably. The plaid on the outside of the bag perks up the interior, too.
Urban dwellers and busy moms alike will appreciate the functional features of this two-tone Ultrasuede bag left and opposite. Two pockets, one perfectly sized for a cell phone and one for shopping lists or a date book, have been added to the front gray panel. Sporty, bright orange imitation suede enlivens the side panels and interior.
If you've eyed brand-name bags at department stores but were deterred by the price tag, the bag right is for you. This chenille bag is creatively embellished with a black grosgrain ribbon that can be machine-embroidered with your own name. Shiny black vinyl piping accents the convenient front pockets, giving the bag a hint of drama.
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