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Handmade Patchwork & Embroidered Tote Bags

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Handmade Patchwork & Embroidered Tote Bags

87.50 125.00

Funky, fun, functional fashion.

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One-of-a-kind handmade tote-style purses by Betty of Big Sur!

A 45-year-long Big Sur South Coast homesteader, Betty grew up learning textile arts including crochet, lacemaking, embroidery, and accessory and fashion design from her Irish mother and grandmother. Her creations are 100% handmade and have a timeless, feminine vibe that often draws from Art Nouveau, Bohemian and Victorian influences. Coming from a household where almost nothing went to waste, she uses vintage and repurposed fabrics from old clothing, linens, curtains, and furniture, embellished with her own new handmade crochet details. All totes except blue and grey have a removable fabric-covered thin cardboard stiffener for the bottom. All totes have a large button closure for the main pocket.

Individual tote details and dimensions are as follows. Specify color desired at checkout!

PINK #1: ‘BUTTERFLY IN BRICKTOWN’. Cotton body. Machine appliqué vintage lace, metallic tinsel ribbon, batik and diamond-brocade fabric patches, vintage doily, yarn crochet accents, antique buttons. Two exterior button-closed pockets, one on each side. Two interior pockets made of acetate and velveteen. 12” high x 11” wide x 4” deep. Total length of braided straps from attachment point to attachment point is 18“.

PINK #2: ‘FRENCH QUARTER’. Felt body. Machine appliqué vintage lace, faux lambskin and silk fabrics, vintage tassel trim and beaded accents, vintage and new buttons. Four exterior button-closed pockets, two on each side. Three interior pockets. 13” high x 10&1/2” wide x 4” deep. Total length of braided straps is 23”.

RED: “RUBY ROAD”. Velveteen body. Machine appliqué felted wool, mohair and jersey fabrics, vintage ribbon trim, yarn crochet accents, vintage and new buttons. Four exterior button-closure pockets, two on each side. Two interior pockets made of silk. 13 & 1/2“ high x 11 & 1/2“ wide x 3 & 12” deep. Total length of braided straps is 15“.

CREAM #1: ‘ADOBE GARDEN’. Silk body. Machine appliqué embroidered cotton, velveteen and silk fabrics, vintage ribbons and metal trim, sequin and yarn crochet accents, vintage and new buttons. Four exterior button-closed pockets, two on each side. Two interior pockets. 15” high x 12” wide x 4” deep. Total length of braided straps is 26 & 1/2“.

CREAM #2: ‘‘CAFÉ AU LAIT’. Polyester body. Machine appliqué Italian silk, Indonesian silk, and cotton eyelet fabrics, new and vintage lace trim, bead and toille accents, new buttons. Two exterior button-closed pockets, one on each side. Two interior pockets made of cotton-poly blend. 12” high x 9 & 1/2” wide x 3” deep. Total length of braided straps is 24 & 1/2“.

BLUE: ‘JEAN GENIE’. Poly/cotton blend body. Machine appliqué wool, silk and polyester fabrics, new ribbon and bead trim, vintage beads. Two exterior button-closed pockets, one on each side. Two interior pockets made of cotton. 10 & 1/2” high x 8” wide x 2” deep. NO cardboard stiffener for bottom. Total length of braided straps is 23“.

GREY: ‘CREATURE OF THE NIGHT’. Ultrasuede body. Machine appliqué ultrasuede, polyester, and animal-print napped fabrics, vintage ribbon and faux fur trim, vintage beads, and vintage buttons. Four exterior pockets, two on each side. Three of them have button closures. Two interior pockets made of cotton. 10 & 1/2” high x 8” wide x 2” deep. NO cardboard stiffener for bottom. Total length of braided straps is 17“.

Save for a fancy occasion, or give your everyday outfits a funky spin - either way, flaunt your Big Sur flair!