I've been wanting to learn how to sew for a really long time and thanks to my BFF who got her hands on a vintage sewing machine and gifted it to me (I know, she's awesome), I was finally ready to begin this venture! I went crazy at the local fabric store and bought as much cute fabric as I could in anticipation of my soon to be sewing madness. Then I discovered Creative Bug, an online hub for art and craft instruction. They happened to be offering a free class on how to make a market tote bag and since I have a slight obsession with bags and purses and anything that holds stuff, I decided to give it a go. I ended up making a few for Christmas presents and was really happy with the results. It was a perfect beginners project, easy enough to follow along and lots of straight lines to sew, but also just enough challenge to make it satisfying.
Here is the link to the video that I learned from: http://www.creativebug.com/workshops/beg-sewing-market-tote-bag. I figured since I don't really know what I'm talking about yet, I'd just share this instead of trying to explain each step myself. Cal Patch does a great job at explaining the process and even offers some tips and tricks to making the tote extra special. Thank you Cal and Creative Bug for giving me confidence to conquer this project! Lots more to learn and explore in the sewing world...can't wait!