Canvas Book-Bag Tote

Canvas tote bag

Ok so let me preface this by saying that I know these are not a big deal. But they were much needed and when are more bags ever not a good idea? Haha, really though.

Canvas tote bag

I used this canvas fabric from Mood Fabrics, and then Megan Nielsen’s tote bag tutorial. (The one on the right is the ‘thicker straps’ version and the one on the left is the original). The fabric was cool because it had a different texture on each side, so I ended up making two bags–one with the more smooth texture facing out, and then one with the bumpy side (pictured below).

Canvas tote bag

So yeah, these are slightly boring and monotonous but at the same time, guys, bags are awesome!! Now I can officially go to the library without looking like an idiot trying to carry five books in one hand. Haha, really though.

Editor’s note: Haylee and I must have been of the same mind this month, because I made a tote as well. Read more about it here on the Mood Sewciety blog.



  • Peter
    May 15, 2013

    I need one of these myself. Nice job!

  • oonaballoona
    May 15, 2013

    i love the texture of that canvas. and i miss loading up books at the library… 🙂

  • Maggie
    May 15, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the great photos, because you are right, bags are awesome plus it is great to see that texture.

  • Lori
    May 15, 2013

    I really like the size of your bag.

  • KristiEllKay
    May 15, 2013

    This is great, especially the wider strap one! (imo, obvs) A tote is so practical, and handy. I bet you could fit an awful lotta knitting in one of those…

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 16, 2013

    … and I want to make some totes for the summer. Thanks for putting me in the mood!

  • Kay
    May 17, 2013

    Us book nerds completely understand 😉 I like them. A person could get real creative and do some print work on the canvas!

  • Ginger
    May 18, 2013

    These are so classic and cute! I love the nubbly texture of the canvas!