With moving to the Chicago area this summer, the things that I have been looking forward to are all the events that go on and quick crafts. Lately I have been experiencing the problem of stuff. Between geeking out at Science and Industry, Field Museum, and the Aquarium, I usually have my hands full of maps of the downtown area, train routes and schedules, and a bus schedule, whatever souvenirs I had splurged on that day, and a camera, trying to document every minute of the day. There have been quite a few times that my maps have blown away or I’m frantically looking for my phone because I don’t have a bag. Call me a tourist, but I like to experience all that is offered! I know I’m not the only one who is like this. This list is the best list of homemade bags from AllFreeSewing.
So to make sure I have everything, I need a purse, tote, anything I can sling over my shoulder that will hold everything and I don’t have to worry about losing it. Ideal bag goals: a stylish bag of the slinging-nature, with lots of space, that is practically hands-free. With the amount of festivals and concerts that are planned in the next few months, I am going to have a lot of fun making a lot of these easy purses.
Why spend a ton of money on a vintage-styled purse or a designer tote when you can just make it yourself? Seriously, these easy totes and purses take so little time to make and will save you money! No more experiencing the horror of seeing someone with the same purse as you. Every festival has a different theme and a different context. You wouldn’t bring that designer bag to a Jason Aldean concert, would you? No, you would save the money, for one thing, and make this rustic canvas bag and show off your inner country girl. If you’re like me and you like jamming out to Indie concerts, then you should see this handmade rug clutch. The colors of it are wonderful and it will hold up against any roughness. There is a tote or handbag for all occasions, and I like to make sure that my purses match that occasion.
Versatility is the number one priority for me. All of these handbags can be made for touring the city or going to your local music festival. Totes are just great to have around just in case you’re looking for a big carrier. For all the mama’s out there, these summer bag patterns are great for holding the kids’ traveling activities and keeping everything organized.