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This Anthropologie inspired bag is a great beginner sewing project for anyone who is ready to advance beyond the basic tote bag.

  • 6 feet of rope (cut in half so you have 3 feet for each strap)
  • 1/2 yard of medium weight cotton (or some other woven fabric)
  • 1/2 yard cotton lining
  • 1/4 yard complimenting cotton fabric (for stripe)

[Cut 2 squares of fabric that measure 18 X 18 inches]
[Cut 2 squares out of the lining that measure 18 X 18 inches]
[Cut a strip of fabric that measures 6 inches wide and 18 inches long. Using an iron, press down the sides about 1/4 inch]
[Pin the fabric strip down the middle and sew down each side edge]
[Place the fabric squares on top of each other- right sides together. Sew the bottom and sides of the bag leaving a 6 inch space at the top of each side. Repeat this step with the lining]
[Place the lining inside of the bag. Sew the fabric to the lining at the side vents (the “split” section at the top]
[Sew the fabric to the lining at the top. If you don’t have a serger, sew together and then using an iron press down a 1/4″ hem to hide the frayed edges. Fold over 3 3/4 inches and pin in place. Sew down and repeat at the other side. Feed rope through the top and sew the edges together]
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  1. This looks much nicer than the Anthropologie. I am a real novice with sewing but feel your clear and straightforward descriptions will give me the confidence to try it!! Thank you so much.

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