Vinyl Variations of a Tote

I happened to come across a boatload of vinyl posters last weekend and couldn’t wait to make something else out of them.

I’ve made about two dozen different bags so far. I’m just beginning to visualize the extras: pockets inside and out, loops for key chains, long and short straps, really huge and very tiny, fleece lined, zippers, more comfortable shoulder straps…

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

Vinyl is super easy to cut and sew.

And it makes them perfect for summer outings. Take two to the pool,  lake or beach; one to keep things dry and the other for wet suits and towels on the way home.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

I started making huge bags, using the size of banner as a starting point.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

Then I utilized the scraps into small bags. This little one is made out of a tall “D” shaped scrap and closed with a bit of Velcro under the button.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

Here’s a similar style with an outside pocket for a cell phone again with the button for decoration applied over the Velcro tab closure.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

This large tote is similar to a messenger bag.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

This huge bag, made of scraps from another bag, is the perfect size to hold my Mac laptop and is roomy enough for the mouse and power cord as well.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

This smaller flat bag is about the size to hold a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other similar product. It’s open at the top with a Velcro tab closure.

Vinyl Variatons of a Tote Bag

This boxy tote is about the size of a vinyl lunch box. It’s open at the top. Stock it with drinks and snacks for the kiddos for easy access. Other versions will have tabs or flaps for privacy if you want to use it as a purse or camera bag.

Come check them out at Main Street Memorables in Norman, Oklahoma. Prices range up and down from around $20 depending on the size and the extras.

What are your ideas for these durable bags? How would you and your family use them?

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori Crowl
    May 19, 2012 @ 14:44:40

    Those are awesome!!! That’s just what I need to keep wet towels/swimsuits/dirty flip-flops/suncreen/ etc, etc, etc. in!!! But I need a BIG BAG, Straps long enough to easily put up over my shoulder one-handed, wide-bottomed, inside pockets, one with a zipper for wallet/cell phone so they don’t get wet… How much for something like that??

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    • Jan
      May 20, 2012 @ 09:25:57

      Thanks Lori ~ So glad you like these! I’ve made some pretty big ones. I’ll measure the biggest and it will get bigger with a flat bottom. I’ll facebook the measurements. It’s easier and faster than these comments.
      And I can totally make Jess a backpack/purse. About what size? And I can customize a bag for her diabetes stuff that can go inside the larger bag to keep it all together.

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  2. Lori Crowl
    May 19, 2012 @ 14:50:58

    Jessica wants a backpack, the small-medium size that some girls use as purses. That’s what she used hers for, to carry all her diabetes stuff in, and she loved it and is mourning it’s loss! Something water-resistant would be fabulous!!!

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    • Jan
      May 20, 2012 @ 09:29:10

      Yes! on all counts! As soon as I get a look at a sample I can start on it. I can add custom sized inside and outside pockets fro whatever she needs.

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