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!!


  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

    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.

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

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  10. How did you remove and reattace the straps?