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Affordable Anthropologie-Inspired Tote Bag DIY

This easy tote bag tutorial shows you how to make a knockoff that looks just like the real thing!

By: Gina Michele from
Affordable Anthropologie-Inspired Tote Bag DIY
Affordable Anthropologie-Inspired Tote Bag DIY
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Have you ever walked into a store, saw a cute bag, and thought, "I could make that!" Well, now you can! This Affordable Anthropologie-Inspired Tote Bag DIY is a tutorial that lets you make your own customized version of that amazing tote you spotted at your favorite shopping spot, but for a fraction of the price.

This rope handle tote bag is a must-make bag pattern that you won't want to miss out on, that's for sure. The easy tote bag tutorial is far simpler to make than it looks, and is a quick sewing project for beginners. Even better, next time when you're out shopping, everyone will forget about the high-priced bags on display and will ask where you got your bag instead!

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I'm not particularly mad about the fabrics used but the rope straps are fabulous! I've often used rope handles before but have never threaded them through the top edge of the bag like that. I really like that idea! I will probably make them a little longer so that the bag hangs lower down off my shoulder.

The rope handles really add great style to what would otherwise be a simple market tote. This tote is fast and easy to make. Great gift idea too. The addition of a contrasting center panel adds to the style. I might add an inside pocket for added versatility. Overall, a quick custom sewing project.

I just finished making this tote and am really pleased with the results. It is a casual looking bag that is just the right size to take along when running errands and such. I really like the look of the rope handles and made them a bit longer so that the tote can be worn over the shoulder.


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