Friday, April 13, 2012

Modcloth Primrose Patch Tote Knock-Off


Facing off today, we have, on the left, the Modcloth Primrose Patch Bag, weighing in at a hefty $85. On the right, we have my handmade knock-off version, weighing in at $2. I think this may be a case where the heavy-weight is not the clear winner.

inside lining


If you'd like to try a version of this, here's the step-by-step:

1.) Crochet 32 granny squares. Stitch together granny squares into 2 panels of 16 (4 squares by 4 squares)

2.) Crochet your 2 panels together along 3 sides (crochet join tutorial)

3.) Crochet 6-8 rows of single crochet around the top, open end, of the bag

4.) Make and attach a lining.
To do this, first measure your finished bag - mine was 15"w by 16"h. Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric 1" longer than the width, and 4" longer than the height - I cut my 2 pieces 16"w by 20"h.
With right sides together, sew a 1/2" seam along 3 sides, leaving top open.

pinned and ready to sew

Fold over the top 2" and iron down. Repeat.


Insert lining into bag and stitch in place. I did this by hand using doubled-up thread and a back stitch:



 Photo  courtesy of Austintatious Offerings Vintage Needleworks


5.) Attach straps. I cut my straps off of this old thrift store bag - $2, which is where my $2 price tag came in, the yarn and fabric I had on hand:



Now enjoy your new, much less expensive tote!!

15 comments:

  1. I love this! I'd like to give it a go very soon. What kind of yarn did you use?
    Thanks for sharing.
    Gloria x

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    1. I used a mish mash of scraps and ends of yarn that I had on hand - cotton, wool, acrylic, mystery blends, etc. I just tried to make sure that they were all the same or similar thickness.

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  2. I love your version much better with its bright cheery colors!

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  3. Fantastic bag! Yours is far better than the modcloth one--it looks more colourful and better made!

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  4. I would definitely say that your bag is the clear winner of this knock off ~ face off!

    Please come share at my weekly party anytime (linky opens on Tuesdays @ 4:00 Pacific time)... I know my followers would love your fresh ideas!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

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  5. Wow!this is absolutely gorgeous!I like your version much much better...you are very talented!I love the colors in each square!Well done!Visiting from the Bunny Hop Party. Have a great evening!~Poppy

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  6. Your version is perfect!!!!! Love it!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! xoxo

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  7. Yours is cuter!! I love making granny squares and this is a super project. Thanks for sharing your knock-off.

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  8. Love your bag and want to make one!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. You're so talented!! I will have to follow the link to make granny squares. I can only crochet a straight line{good for scarves}. I really like your tote more than Modcloth. The bright colors are so appealing.
    Love your blog ~ a new follower.
    ~Tammy

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  10. How did you remove and reattace the straps?

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