Oceana Reversible Shoulder Tote

Just popping in between school project deadlines to show off another FO. Remember this? Well that little pleated pocket turned into this:

It’s a reversible tote which started as an attempt to make the Taxi Tote from Seams to Me. But I didn’t have enough of the fuschia Mendocino for the outside, so I had to change the pattern around a bit (I maintained the overall look but I had to heavily modify the pattern piece to get two sides cut from the fabric I had). Then on the other side (made with Legacy Studio cotton from JoAnn), I decided to go for a seam in the middle to add interest, basically the same design as this bag, but quite alot smaller (this bag is about 15″ wide and 24″ tall).

Then I decided it would be reversible, so I added ties and sewed the two right sides together with a gap at the top which got top-stitched shut later. And there are some little pleats thrown in there that gives it a really poofy look.

The pockets are pleated pockets which are SO EASY and a tutorial is on My List so stay tuned (but don’t hold your breath. That List is long.) I also put those pockets on this top and this one last summer. Since I put the pockets on both the inside and outside and lined the whole thing with flannel, it practically stands up on its own. Here’s the full view:

I honestly have no idea who this purse is headed to; I just have fun trying new shapes and techniques so for now it will hang in the sewing room reminding me that beach weather is just around the corner. Meanwhile I am ignoring the sound of rain on the roof…

21 thoughts on “Oceana Reversible Shoulder Tote

  1. SO cute!! I have really tried to replicate your pleated pockets, but I just don't get how you did the tops, and how you don't have them topstitched tp the bag? or maybe you do? I'm baffled. Do you have a sec to describe how you made those cute things?? I know you're a busy girl!

  2. A) I love all the fabric.
    B) That bag is frickin awesome!
    C) Can I have it?
    D) I second the "gorgeous walls" comment.

  3. That is SO fun Rae! Love the colors, very summery indeed. I could have used it pool side today (that wasn't nice to add in was it ;)). The pockets at the perfect touch to make it fabulous!

    Sending sunshine your way! Happy Day!

  4. That Mendocino print is one of my favorite fabrics of ALL TIME. Lovely, beautiful, fabulous use for it!

  5. I am so in love with that fabric- I have been eyeing it for a while, but I've done enough impulse fabric buying and I have NO idea what I would do with it. But now you've given me a little inspiration:)

  6. i love the pleated pockets and cute little tie at the top! i may have to try and make something like this!

  7. Really great bag! I have also made the Taxi Tote a few times and this looks like a great improvement!

  8. Since you have no idea where the bag is heading I have an idea….UTAH!! Yay! 🙂 Really adorable. I miss customizing patterns and making my own things. I have got to free up time for a few more purses. Thanks for the eye candy! (and really, that bag would live a happy life with me!) LOL

  9. As always, super-cute stuff Made By Rae!

    I've been reading your blog for a while but I don't think I've ever gotten around to commenting which I apologise for – now that I've started by own blog I realise how important comments are!

    I'm delurking now to tag you for 6 unimportant things you love: http://monkey-magic-blog.blogspot.com/2009/06/six-unimportant-things-you-love.html

    I know you're a busy gal, but have a go if you have time, I'd love to hear what you come up with.

  10. I love that bag. Like others have said you could always send it up here to Alberta, Canada.

  11. Fab girl! As always. Can't wait for the pleated pocket tutorial! No rush, I know you are busy with other things at the moment:)

  12. Please do a tutorial for the pockets! I saw it awhile back and tried to duplicate it, with not very attractive results. I did try though!

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