I fell in love with this tote,
but wasn't willing to spend $80 for it.
So, I decided to make one myself.
Originally, my intentions were to make an exact replica.
Upon visiting multiple local fabric shops, however,
and not finding the braided jute detailing,
I decided to skip that feature.
Then, as I began addressing the rope shoulder straps
and oversized grommets, I changed my plans again.
Never having loved rope straps on previous bags,
coupled with the fact that large grommets
(and accompanying installation kits)
would run me nearly $10,
I was happy to make sturdy fabric straps myself!
My final change was to line the bag in a bold patterned fabric.
I originally intended to use white canvas, but after
stumbling across this print, I couldn't pass it up!
So while it isn't exactly like the original,
(hey, at least its yellow and has a pineapple!)
I actually think I like it better
(for my purposes and budget especially)!
For less than $10 in fabric,
I was able to construct a sturdy bag for the pool this summer.
The outer fabric and lining are both made from heavy-weight canvas.
(Clean-up will be simple; I can just throw it in the wash.)
I recently found the patterned canvas at Hobby Lobby;
I'm in love with it, and want to use it again soon.