Echino Tote Bag

Here is a simple tote bag I made this week, using a stunning “Echino” line of fabric designed by Etsuko Furuya. 

Echino patchwork tote bag by Piggledee

I love this large-scale faux patchwork print. It’s very colorful and the mix of different patterns could have looked busy, but it doesn’t. The earthy tones of the colors make everything look cohesive instead of chaotic. It’s joyful and delightful.

I love this large-scale faux patchwork print. It's very colorful and the mix of different patterns could have looked busy, but it doesn't. The earthy tones of the colors make everything look cohesive instead of chaotic. It's joyful and delightful.

I designed the bag a while ago actually, and made these for a couple of customers. The first one was a very large one – great size as a diaper bag.

I love this large-scale faux patchwork print. It's very colorful and the mix of different patterns could have looked busy, but it doesn't. The earthy tones of the colors make everything look cohesive instead of chaotic. It's joyful and delightful.

I love this large-scale faux patchwork print. It's very colorful and the mix of different patterns could have looked busy, but it doesn't. The earthy tones of the colors make everything look cohesive instead of chaotic. It's joyful and delightful.

The second one was a little smaller. This week was the second time I made this smaller bag.

Echino patchwork tote inside view by Piggledee

When the fabric is this special, simple designs are the best. There is an exposed zipper pocket and a large patch pocket inside. The handles are padded for comfort. There is also a key-holder tab. But that’s about it for features. 

Echino patchwork tote keyholder view by Piggledee

After sewing the bag, I was left with a bit of scrap fabric. Normally it would go into this big box of scrap fabrics for use “one day.” But this time I felt too sad to toss this perfectly gorgeous bit of Echino fabric in there. So I made this little… pouch thingy at the end. What is it? Hmm. I’m not sure. It’s too narrow to be a tissue holder and too short to be a pencil case.

Echino coin purse pouch by Piggledee

Could it be a coin purse? Why, yes, it could! I hope my customer will enjoy this little impromptu gift of a coin purse, along with the bag.

There is just enough of this Echino fabric left for one more bag – and then sadly, that’s it!

 

 

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