Innovative Tote Bags

With a few simple patterns and a dozen innovative ways to stitch them up, you can create a tote for just about any occasion.


Brown Suede with Plaid Stripe Tote

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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.

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Gray-and-Orange Pocket Bag

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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.

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Chenille Bag with Name Tag and Pocket

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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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Better Homes and Gardens® Creative Collection Publications

Ready to dress up your home -- or yourself -- but don't know where to start? Let Simply Creative Sewing jump-start your creativity!

This issue is just bursting at the seams with 65 stylish projects you can make: draperies, pillows, lamp shades, handbags, and more! Learn how to add your own style by embellishing purchased slipcovers! Get tips, tricks, and techniques from the pros -- it's "sew" wonderful!

Don't miss out! Simply Creative Sewing is available now at your favorite newsstand, or call 888/547-2147 to order!

Featured in this issue:

  • Escape to the Cottage -- Fabrics and textures create a soothing bedroom escape!
  • Dressed for Dinner -- Slipcovers and trimmings turn boring into beautiful!
  • Dramatic Dressings -- Glamorous or casual, set the stage with window treatments!
  • Canopies with Character -- Wake up your bedroom with the canopy of your dreams!
  • Evening Elegance -- Showcase designer details with these sophisticated shawls!
  • Made for Shade -- Light up your room with custom lamp shades!
  • Carried Away -- Create a tote for any occasion!
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