Genue Inc.
July 19, 2017

Inspiration to Destination: Custom Reversible Tote Bag




Summer is here, and it’s the best time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family! When adventuring in the hot weather, you need the perfect bag to put your things in.  How about creating your very own reversible tote bag? It’s great for the environment and small enough to be taken anywhere—to the pool, a barbecue, or out shopping. A stylish bag can perfect your look for the season!


This tote bag was designed by this month’s guest designer, Hannah Grace Smith. Read on to see how she designed her tote bag, how to create your own, and tips for styling the finished product!


STEP 1 Create your patterns in GENUE. Draw in editor using different colors, lines, and shapes. Use the tool kit for different modes. Choose pattern repeat and try Effects. Try making a collage or start with a photo for your pattern design. Finally, when you see what you like, save it to Final Designs. For this project, you will need two different patterns to create the final tote bag.



STEP 2 Order your fabric from your fabric-printing resource of choice. We suggest the website Spoonflower! You will need one yard of each patterned fabric for each of your two designs (two yards total).




STEP 3 – Reference The Tutorial requires you have some basic knowledge of how to work a sewing machine, but is otherwise perfect for beginners. To complete this project, you will need matching thread, fabric scissors, sewing pins, and about 1 yard of iron-on interfacing.



STEP 4 – Don’t forget to press your finished bag and cut off any excess threads!

STEP 5- Go out and show off your very own, personalized tote bag!  


If you decide to make your own tote bag, show us your bag and summer outfit by tagging us on Instagram using the hashtag #genuinelyyou! We look forward to seeing your stellar styling skills—happy designing!






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