diy anthropologie branch river tote

September 3, 2013
[left pic- Anthropologie]

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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  • Hanna K.
    September 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This is amazing! You are so talented!

  • Kelsey C.
    September 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I like yours even better than Anthro's and it's a fraction of the price!!!

  • Michelle Evans
    September 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I love the fabric you used!

  • diymom
    September 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    They look the exact same and your is so much cheaper!!! Well done!

  • Anonymous
    June 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Do you handstitch the rope? Seems too thick for machine sewing.

  • Unknown
    June 21, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Where did you get your fabric?

    • Gina Michele
      June 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      The fabric is vintage cotton- sorry, I know that isn't very helpful! has lots of great printed cottons.

  • Kimberly Perroset
    August 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Is the hand-stitched part of the rope inside the stitched up top part of fabric?

    • Gina Michele
      August 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Yes, once the rope is stitched you pull it through the fabric casing to hide where it was joined.

  • alirosie
    August 19, 2017 at 7:51 am

    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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