Gingham Tote: Handmade Style

Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to re-visit several projects from my book, Handmade Style and make a few more samples. So now the book is out, I can share them here! Originally, I spend a big chunk of time working on this particular bag when finalizing the design. I tried out several that I was curious about, but this one was what I landed on. In the book there are two versions, this double zip with pocket version and a rounded pocket with zip version. Mostly because I liked them both and couldn’t make up my mind!

Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

I loved making this bag, I knew it would be one I could use myself! Most of my projects from the book are stored neatly away. If I were to use one of the bags I know it wouldn’t be long before it would be beat up and full of crusty stuff. I’m definitely not careful with my bags – they take a ton of abuse. And I’m okay with that. I love the large pocket with the two smaller zip pockets in front. It’s so handy!


Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Alison Glass‘ Handcrafted for the front pocket seemed like a must-use choice. I have a bunch of Handcrafted stashed away, it’s all so pretty. It paired so well with a bit of denim and keeping the lining pretty neutral. I’ve been using the bag for a couple months now and admit that I love how functional it is. I always enjoy a bag where I have certain spots for each item, keeps me feeling organized even if the rest of my life isn’t feeling it!

Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Pattern: Gingham Tote (double zip version) from my book, Handmade Style
Fabric: Alison Glass Handcrafted, denim from my local Hancock Fabrics
Zippers: in my shop here

Oh, and let me know if you’d like to see some inside shots of my book. UPDATE: (see post for more info) I know Amazon, etc. has some preview pages, but I didn’t want to be all in your face about things.



21 thoughts on “Gingham Tote: Handmade Style

  1. Megan says:

    I would love to see more from inside! I have loved every design of yours that I have made so this book is already on my Amazon wish list, but I would still really enjoy hearing more about the patterns, as well as sharing in your excitement!

  2. Alyson says:

    I would love to see more of the book too, Amazon doesn’t show too much and I was curious about the photos in the book. Thanks!

  3. Amy says:

    Of course everyone wants to see inside of your book! It’s awesome! As soon as I have time, I will be making one of the bags.

  4. Leslie says:

    I absolutely love the book. You did an excellent job. I can’t wait for the next one. (hint)

  5. Knitsandsews says:

    I am swooning over this – this seems like my ultimate dream bag. Please show more inside shots!

  6. Beautiful bag. I’m looking forward to seeing more shots of the book and pictures of some of the projects. Definitely thinking I’m going to have to add your book to my wishlist.

  7. Carrie says:

    I love this bag so much! I got your book last weekend and have looked through it over and over, it’s fabulous! I seriously want to make it all, but this bag has been marked as my first project. I’ve going to make myself wait and get some of those nice zippers and nice hardware first though, it makes such a difference! Congrats on the book, it’s truly awesome 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    Yes please for more pictures!!! Love this bag.

  9. Mary m says:

    Please show us more!

  10. Heather says:

    So awesome! I always enjoy seeing the fabrics you put together. I got your book it’s beautiful!

  11. kristin says:

    Yes yes show more from the book! I’d love to hear stories behind projects and things too. The book is just gorgeous, and a little self-promotion never hurt anyone! 😉

  12. Natasha says:

    It’s so pretty! I just bought the book and I can’t wait to get started on the projects. You are amazing.

  13. Sabine says:

    I would love to see some more projects!!!! I already orderd the book, but it will took another 3 weeks until the book will be here with me in Munich/Germany….aaaaaaarrrghh. 🙂

  14. How beautiful!! This bag is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to sew some of your amazing patterns… I bought them a days ago… Now I need to have time and some pretty fabrics to start on it!!

  15. Karen says:

    I own the book and have been studying it. My zipper order from Zipit is scheduled to arrive today. First up is the Rainbow Clutch. I’m excited to get started!

  16. Mackenzie says:

    Chipping in to say yes – more about the inside of the book! Just from the Amazon preview, it’s really hard to get a sense of the projects that are included. I’ve been looking for a great diaper-bag-replacement pattern with inside pockets, but wouldn’t have guessed that this was in your book.

  17. Kim says:

    I just got the book today and LOVE it! Thank you so much for this wonderful book!

  18. Emily C. says:

    I would be interested in seeing more photos from the inside of the book!

  19. Cheryl at Double Clutched says:

    Just added to my Amazon wish list. I’d love to see inside pics as well 🙂

  20. RAE says:

    Love it. !!!

  21. Regina Roza says:

    You know how I waited for this to come in the mail Anna! I was stalking my mailman. Your book is amazing and sooooo worth the wait! So many awesome things to make! I’m not even sure if I can pick there are so many awesome things in there.

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