Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

“2 in 1” TOTE BAG


Hello dear friends! I’m happy to welcome you to my Bag Post! You love bags like I do, right?! Here is my new “2 in 1” Tote Bag!

2 in 1 Tote Bag

If you like, you can imagine me sitting here, but notice the coat … it’s quite cold and I was just quick enought to catch some sunlight for my photos, before it started to rain.

shoulder bag

I think you know me well enough to know that I like practical things. And I think most of us prefer shoulder bags … but if you have too many things in your bag, it’s better to carry it in your hand …

tote bag

I bought this gobelin fabric long time ago from Stockman in Helsinki and first I made ‘jean jacket’ with it. So sorry to say that I stupidly got rid of the jacket (could have used the fabric). Later I made simple tote bag from the rest of the fabric … but I didn’t use it much. It was always in my mind to re-make it. Now I was desperate enough to get new bag and bag to match for my winter coat.

making bag 1

I took the old straps and green lining away. I made new lining with more lightful lining (I like to see what I have in my bag). I made 1 pocket on the one side and 1 wide pocket on the other side which I shared in two. I made the ‘single’ pocket double (closed pouch) to be steady. The ‘double’ pocket I made with plain fabric not to give more wight to my bag. I sew the lining circle and put the seam in the middle not to have too many layers on the side, where the straps will be.

making bag 2

Fortunately my eye catched a basket with old belts and there was this perfect beige belt. I chose to use wooden rings (curtain rings) – I like how they match with the colous and are natural material. From the old straps I made loops for the rings and the short straps to carry the bag. My hb gave me great idea to make loops to hide the stitching on the shoulder strap. For those I used also the old straps.

bag lining with pockets

This bag is practical inside. With 3 pockets it’s easy to keep my things in order – I like order. Only thing missing is zipper. I was thinking to add it with panels but then I couldn’t hide the short straps inside, so I leave this bag without zipper.

Gobelin bag with dogs

With this bag I’m thinking to use one large zipper pouch, which can be easily changed to an other bag. Phone and keys can be in the pockets to be catched easily.

2 in 1 Tote Bag

In fact I have still piece of this wonderful fabric and could make large pouch to use inside of the bag.

I’m so happy to change my favourite bag for this ‘new favourite’! If you haven’t seen ‘My Favourite Bag’, you can see it with tutorial HERE! You can see from the date that it is really practican and favourite bag, because I’m still using it!

My Favourite Bag

This is not my first ‘2 in 1’ ! Have you seen my ‘2 in 1 Make-Up Bag’? If you like to make one, HERE is my tutorial.

'2 in 1 Make-Up Bag'

My idea for this bag was to keep my make-ups in this fabric ‘box’ in the bathroom and when travelling, just take the bag with me. Works well! And I have an other bag for my laptop’s things (cable, outside memory, mouse) and one for my crochet project.

If you love bags like I do, perhaps you like to see my Pinterest -Bags and Pouch Board.

2 in 1 tote bag

I’m happy to link at Christine’s linky party which is for bags and bag lovers! ‘Bag Brag Tuesday Linking Party’ – here I come! Christine is very talented designer and makes fantastic bags and patterns! I have been interviewed by her – Yes! – if you like to learn more about me, click HERE or the link button on my sidelist


I envy Doreen! She is a Biker with gorgeus bike – and I don’t dare to use this Scooter – ready for a drive just front of me. Doreen is also quilter with beautiful quilts and blogger with fantastic and fun blog! Say hello from me!

Because now it feels winter here and January ends soon, I thought it’s perfect time for winter sale. With the coupon code WINTERSALE21014 you get – 20 % from everything in my etsy shop! Welcome to visit my etsy shop TEJESARITA!


It’s very green and brown around us. Where ever I went, the background had always these colours.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you like my bag ideas and perhaps find inspiration for your bags! Thank you also for your lovely comments! I enjoy always so much reading them and ‘chatting’ with you! Have a great week and I hope to see you soon!


Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

18 thoughts on ““2 in 1” TOTE BAG

  1. That’s my favourite bag too now Teje…what a wonderful piece of up cycling. .you are so creative. Enjoy your week xx

    • Thank you Jane! I’m happy you like this bag! It’s my favourite now, but soon I need new with more summery look. Have a great week! x Teje

  2. Les sacs et mannes sont tres belle Marie-Claire

  3. Beautiful bag, you are so creative. Wish I was getting more time with my needle and thread right now. But am going through a boring period having to iron the binding on a quilt, well you get the point. Iron, and sew-by hand.

    Once it is sewn on one side then I hope things will pick up as I can bring it out of my creative hole. Today was just too beautiful to be locked inside.

    One of these days I will make that lovely make-up bag. That is exactly what I was looking for. Something practical enough and big enough to leave out and yet just grab, if I decide to go on a little weekend adventure.

    You are so lucky, you get sun and cold. That is for me the best combination. Here in Switzerland things are not so reliable!!!

    Thanks for your creative inspiration to get back into sewing and quilting.


    • Hi Jodie! Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment! I’m happy to hear you found inspiration and I hope your finish your works quickly and can have fun with sewing! x Teje

  4. Love your bag! Such perfect choose of fabric…

    ; )

    Thank you for all your kind words, Teje. You are a sweetheart!

  5. Great repurposing with your bag T! Couldn’t get the link to your etsy shop to work, but I’ll find another way in! Jxo

  6. Love your bag is super cute!

  7. What a beautiful bag Teje, love all the dogs on it and thanks for the link to your tutorial!! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  8. Wonderful bag, Teje,

    That is just perfect for you with the dogs 🙂 and the size and versatility are just great! I am always so so happy to see something reused, belts, curtain rings, fabrics – yippee!

    Enjoy your new bag, and happy February soon!


    • Thank you Mia! I like to idea with different Materials and items around me. I was lucky to see the basket with old belts when I was ironing and saw this perfect piece.
      Hugs! x Teje

  9. What a fabulous idea to make your bag fit two purposes, Teje… very clever and oh so practical.

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