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Week 16 ~ The Compact Groceries Tote 

Too often I have found myself in a grocery store at the check-out counter with my reusable grocery bag in my car. Sound familiar?

This is why I chose The Compact Groceries Tote from A Bag For All Reasons by Lisa Lam for the Gifty Galore project this week.

This cute reversible grocery tote is sturdy, reusable and environmentally friendly. It is easy and fast to make. The design has an easy-to-insert and attractive looking, envelope-style flat bottom. the straps are a good length and they fit nicely on the shoulder. This tote also rolls up to a compact size that fits into a handbag.

Lisa states the tote is reversible so it can coordinate with your outfit of the day, but I would rather coordinate with our weather. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I picked the rainy day fabrics for our Soaked Collection. I used cotton Soaked Lightning Bolts (5337) for the outside and the coordinating green Pitter Patter (5344) for the straps. I used the waterproof laminate Soaked Thunderstorms (5349) in case something spilled on the inside. I can reverse the bag with laminate to the outside, for really rainy days.
This is my first time using a laminate. I found it as easy to work with as cotton. The only adjustments I made were to use tape instead of pins, and I used to use a pressing sheet when lightly using an iron.

The author incorporates a trigger hook (clip) so it can be attached to a stroller or other items. I find that when I reverse the bag I can clip my keys to the hook, and I know where my keys are.

The author gives good instructions with lots of diagrams. She even includes diagrams on how to roll up the tote. It is similar to rolling up a mini sleeping bag.
This Tote may be called a grocery tote, however, it has unlimited uses. You can use it for a tote at the farmer’s market, for library books, quilting class supplies, a beach tote, even as an everyday tote. This tote definitely has my vote as my gift for this season.

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Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Fun tote made out of great fabrics!

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 22, 2012 at 6:42pm


Comment by Barb/WI on October 22, 2012 at 5:27pm

REally cute tote...I love the idea of adding the trigger  hook.  Good idea for any bag or purse.


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