The Zakka Along 2.0 project for week 17 is the Handy Market Tote from Ayumi Takahashi’s book,“Patchwork Please”. The tote has two large side pockets and is large enough to carry a nice sized haul. I spend four hours a week watching my daughter’s orchestra rehearsals, and this bag will be going with me, carrying a couple of sewing projects, electronic gadgets, and just possibly a snack. Amber of One Shabby Chick is sharing her Market Tote, and other projects can be seen on Debbie’s blog, A Quilter’s Table.
On the original tote design the side/bottom panel is 8 inches wide. I decided to measure a bottle of wine, making sure for enough room, and decreased the side/bottom panel to 5 inches wide. I included a larger inside pocket and a clasp. The exterior fabric is primarily “Ruby Star” by Melody Miller, with a purple Echino polka-dot fabric for the lining. The fabrics I used were inspired by Lakumuki’s tote here! ( (:v:) -if you should read this post, I apologize, but I just loved the fabrics so much, I had to copy!)
The beautiful antique rhinestone button was found during a treasure hunt at an antique store a couple of years ago. It isn’t exactly keeping with the Zakka style, but I do love looking at it! Out of all the projects in “Patchwork Please”, this tote will probably be the project used the most!