Everyday Tote Bag

I have been wanting a new tote bag for a while. You’d think I have plenty of bags to choose from by now – but I didn’t. I have several bucket nappy bags, a backpack convertible bag, a beach tote bag… and they are all wonderful for family outings. But they are all too big for everyday use. What I needed was a bag small enough for my wallet, phone, keys, small snacks… and my beloved iPad. That’s it. 

Black cat tote bag by piggledee

So this is the little black bag I whipped up this morning. I used a very sturdy cotton canvas fabric my mother found in Japan a couple of years ago. I love the cute-but-not-too-childish print of cats, yarn, apples, and other whimsical drawings.

Black cat tote bag by piggledee detail view

I like sturdy bags, so I used black canvas for the lining, fortified with interfacing.  There is a little patch pocket inside for my phone.  I also installed a carabiner tab on the side for my keys. These tabs are so handy – because there is nothing more frustrating than having to fish for your keys in your bag when you are in a hurry.

Black cat tote bag by piggledee inside view

The handles are heavy-duty cotton webbing in black.  All this blackness means I won’t have to wash this bag for a long time! Plus black goes with everything – especially in winter. The handles are long enough for me to carry the bag from my shoulder. 

Black cat tote bag by piggledee bottom view

The bag has a narrow flat bottom.

Black cat tote bag by piggledee

See, the bag is just the right size for all my needs, but there is still a little room left for extra things, just in case.

I’m very happy how the bag came out! I might make some for my shop in the future. 



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