I have been asked to teach a class on my "Grids and Grommets Goes Western" tote at Bernina Southwest in Mesa. I visited the store recently and purchased fabric for my store sample. I have made a few modifications from my first tote. Mainly I decided to make a handle from the denim strips. It will be much easier for a class project. It takes time to construct the covered cording handle and class time is limited. If a student would like to make the cording handle, I will give them instructions.
I'm planning one more of these totes with black denim. I found two pair of black denim jeans at Dollar Days at the thrift store last week. They are washed and ready for de-construction. The denim makes such a great tote. It is soft but very durable. This tote is the perfect size (not huge but not too small). Everything fits perfectly but doesn't get lost.