National Parks – Minimalist Tote

Have you seen the National Parks fabric collection! We are head over heels for these fabrics — every beautiful panel with its vintage-inspired artwork highlights one of our incredible National Parks.

The National Parks fabric collection is centered around the large quilt and pillow panels, but the fun little Postcards print is perfect for smaller projects like this totally fabulous Minimalist Tote Bag – the FREE tutorial is available at DESIGN SPONGE.

The minimalist design of this tote is the perfect pairing to show off the fun postcards. We love the unique handle design, and don’t be fooled, the grommets/eyelets are super easy to install! I recommend watching one of the many video tutorials available on YouTube if you haven’t tried installing one before.

Leather for purse straps is also readily available online. You can buy it longer than you need and simply cut it to the desired length.

If I were to make this again, I would definitely try to do better at lining up the design at the seams, but that little imperfection didn’t stop me from loving this bag!

I lined the bag with Riley Blake Linen in Dark Gray. I used fusible interfacing on both the outer and lining fabric. The additional interfacing for the bag lining gives the lightweight linen more stability and gives the bag just a little more structure, which I prefer.

In addition to the bag lining, I also used the Dark Gray Linen on the outside of the bag as the contrasting base fabric.

You can get the FREE tutorial for this fun Minimalist Tote Bag at DESIGN SPONGE. The bag was so quick and easy to make, I know I’ll be making more of these in the future!

National Parks fabric, designed by Anderson Design Group, is available now at your favorite local and online quilt shops. Pick up yours today and share your makes with us on Instagram using #nationalparksfabric, #rileyblakedesigns, #iloverileyblake, and @rileyblakedesigns.

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