I borrowed a rather non-descript, fold-up grocery-store tote from my mom the other day, and was inspired to copy it using some fun fabric. So far, I've made two, and I'm really pleased with how they've turned out! I experienced some challenges -- I'm still getting used to sewing with bias tape, and my sewing machine decided to throw a couple tantrums -- but it was a positive experience overall. Here are the finished bags:
Folded up, to fit nicely in your purse.
Unfolded part way.
And in use! The little pouch doubles as a handy outside pocket.
I want to make some more, but will need to take a trip to Sham Shui Po first, to stock up on bias tape... in many colors!
I'm sure there are patterns out there for similar bags, but if anyone would like me to put up a tutorial, I'd be happy to share the steps, so that you can make one of your own.