One thing I am not is someone who changes her purse or tote every other day. I usually find a tote I like and wear the heck out of it, or I'll wait until my mom looks at me and says, "It's time."
So, here's my new tote. The best part, I took an existing tote and altered it to be the shape I wanted. I cut down the sides, painted circles on the front and then added some fabric circles and a little free motion stitching for the stems and stamen.
Next I stamped Art Saves, with the acrylic paint and then backed it with a bit of batting and a panel of burlap, then stitched it to the tote. I stitched a second stamped panel to the back pocket.
The back of the tote actually has two pockets on it, perfect for holding my keys and my cell phone that I can never find when it rings.
And finally, I sandwiched the side seams with jute webbing and stitched up one side, around the strap and down the other side!
How cute is this?