So, I'm going to make a custom tote! The width from handle to handle is exactly 18 inches on center. It took me about 5 hours to construct this creation since I didn't have a pattern. I just sort of figured things out as I went along. I decided to put a zipper across the top for privacy.
My first zipper placket was a closed bottom metal zipper. After I had the zipper installed I realized it really needs to open up. I decided to use a separating zipper instead. I looked through my vast collection of zippers and found a plastic separating zipper. Yes, I had to shorten it. It is sooo easy to use nippers on plastic teeth. Then I add the top stops.
I found this utility denim in my stash. No lycra ! I decided to add fusible fleece to give more 'body' to the overall structure.
I experimented with a few decorative stitches. I wasn't all that pleased with the results. Heavier threads seem to affect the stitch quality. Oh, well. So, I used a simple triple straight stitch.
Handles: Cut two strips 4x12 inches. Fold raw edges toward middle. Press. I added decorative trim tape. (Some items have been accumulating for 10 or 20 years! )
Here you can see why a separating zipper works out better. It will allow you to open up the entire opening.
I added a nylon zipper to the inside pouch. Fully lined.
The bag can stand up by itself due to the fusible fleece.
The loop handles should slide onto the chair handles nicely. I think I will spray this denim tote with Scotch Guard since it may be exposed to rain or snow. Should also help to keep it clean.
Everything was going along rather well until I tried to stitch around the upper edge through the handles. I got an error message on the machine telling me I needed to use thinner fabric and the machine could not sew through that denim ! Needless to say I ended up using my trusty Bernina 930 to stitch through the upper edge and handles! Wow, that is thick denim! I have sewn wool braided rugs on the Bernina 930. What a workhorse!!! I will never sell my 930. (Sorry, during photo edit I erased the name for privacy.) I know my Mom will love it. I'm sure her friends will want one too!