WIP: Tote Bag


These are the beginnings of a tote bag for the Wish List Swap I joined this month.  My partner likes bright colors and mentioned that she likes vintage campers (so do I!) among other things.  I’ve been wanting to give an appliqued camper a try, so I decided to go with that.  I think it’s so cute.  I’m not sure why I like fabric campers so much because I have no desire to actually camp in one, but I’ve always loved cutesy stuff like this, and they seem to be popular at the moment.


I drew the camper myself, but I was looking at Laurie Wisbrun’s camper fabric from her new line, “Roughing It,” so it’s basically just a larger replica of that camper.

I hope to be finished with the tote bag before the weekend.  I’m very close.  I have all the panels quilted, so now I just have to sew them together and then sew the lining in.  It’s quite a large tote bag, but my partner said the bigger the better, so it’s beach bag sized.  I’m making the pattern up as I go along, and I might remake it with a few adjustments and use it as a diaper bag, so this is a good dry run for my own bag to see if it would be the right size for all the kid stuff I haul around.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced.


  1. Your camper is just fantastic – I don’t know how you are going to part with it!

    • Thanks! I’m really happy with it, too, but I can always make another. The problem is I rarely do the stuff for myself that I say I will!

  2. It’s lovely the applique is just perfect. Your partner will love it!

  3. Love your vintage camper tote! Love vintage campers, too! We do have one and I actually enjoy camping. Cute project.

  4. This is SO great! Love your applique and all the colors in the tote – fantastic swap item!!

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