Sewn At Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bags // sewing workshop

Sewn at Holm Sown: Genoa Tote Bags

The Tote Bag workshops we run are always popular and I love that participants get to make something functional and useful!  I decided to use a new pattern for our Spring class and went with the Genoa Tote Bag which has some great features – an interior zip pocket, key fob, and leather handles.  The class was run over two evenings which works really well for people as it allows them to break down the sewing over two sessions.  Sometimes a full day class can be exhausting if you aren’t used to sewing for that many hours in one go.  The fun bit for me is always seeing what fabric combinations people pick.

Stripy Genoa Tote

Gill made the smallest size tote in some lovely stripe cotton fabric from her stash.  The denim fabric for the facing she re-purposed from an old denim skirt; the main lining was some left over fabric from a dressmaking project; and the check hearts for the zip pocket and key fob were picked to colour coordinate with the fawn in the lining fabric.  She finished it off with brown leather handles and antique brass rivets.

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // stripe bag with brown leather handles

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // stripe tote bag interior 2

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // stripe tote bag interior 1

Sew the look:

 

Japanese Indigo Genoa Tote

Belinda super-sized her tote and went for the large size so she could carry all her work files.  She used our gorgeous Sevenberry linen-look cotton with a ditsy floral print.  I just love the sunny yellow lining.

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // sevenberry floral bag with brown leather handles

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // sevenberry floral bag interior 1

Sew the look:

 

Heartwood Genoa Tote

Susie used the scenic print from the Makower Heartwood range (now sold out).  She chose a plain lining to keep it easy to find things inside and went with a bright contrast fabric for the pocket and key fog.  This is the medium size.

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // Heartwood bag with brown leather handles

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // Heartwood bag interior 1

Sew the look:

 

Tweed Genoa Tote

And Val used this gorgous pink check woolen fabric from her stash for her Genoa Tote. She complemented it perfectly with some purple cotton for the lining, and she was able to use the tweed for the pocket and the key fob.  Instead of a metal zip she went with a colour coordinated nylon zip for the interior pocket and went with silver hardware.

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // tweed bag with brown leather handles

Sewn at Holm Sown - Genoa Tote Bag // tweedl bag interior 1

I’ll be running this class again in the Autumn so if you’d like to make your own super stylish tote with leather handles, keep a look out for new dates.

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