I have begun the market tote batch. It is a little bit of a work in progress being that it is a new material to me. It is made from a utility fabric, aka "bag fabric". You know, that mesh like fabric so many of the tote bags in the stores are made from? Jo-Ann started carrying the fabric last year and I picked some up.
The seams are something I may play with a little more. This tote has the seams pinched or "sewn in" with a topstitch. It does help the bag stand up. But I may make another with the seams edges folded under. Not sure.
I am keeping them unlined. It will keep the price down and speed up the making. But then I am left with these stitch lines inside...
The handles are nylon webbing that wrap entirely around the bag, lending some extra support.
Here you can see what can fit inside. Not that this is all, but it shows the height and width better. And this is the smaller of the two sizes.
I have one more this size and then two more larger. I hope to have them all done by the end of Wednesday. Wish me luck :)
Oh - and as a buyer - do the exposed stitching lines left from being unlined bother you? Not that there is a way around it if they remain unlined, but I am curious. Personally, since I'd use them for the grocery store, I wouldn't care. But that's just me.