Bleu blanc rouge ... red white and blue!

The Alabama Chanin tote in progress ...

 ... I put the red strip in as a piping between the edge layers ... love that look ...

 ... I put the red strip in as a piping between the edge layers ... love that look ...

 ... stitched it onto one layer first and then the second layer to fit it in nice and straight and tightly ...

 ... stitched it onto one layer first and then the second layer to fit it in nice and straight and tightly ...

 ... then I ran into a little problem with the fabric from the handles ... thinking it didn't match just right ... but help was on the way from Florence, ALABAMA!

 ... then I ran into a little problem with the fabric from the handles ... thinking it didn't match just right ... but help was on the way from Florence, ALABAMA!

 ... I stitched the remaining strips of red into the top edge layer so I could have closure on the top of the bag ...

 ... I stitched the remaining strips of red into the top edge layer so I could have closure on the top of the bag ...

 ... the other side of the tote bag ... i ended up making it wide rather than tall (original plan in the instructions) ... also made the handles flat and wide given that I had three layers of the fabric for them ... liked that look and feel ... the top edge was kept pretty raw as a previous attempt of folding up that top edge and stitching it just didn't make me happy ...

 ... the other side of the tote bag ... i ended up making it wide rather than tall (original plan in the instructions) ... also made the handles flat and wide given that I had three layers of the fabric for them ... liked that look and feel ... the top edge was kept pretty raw as a previous attempt of folding up that top edge and stitching it just didn't make me happy ...

 ... for the inside there was enough for a little double layered pocket that can hold my reading glasses keeping them within easy reach ...

 ... for the inside there was enough for a little double layered pocket that can hold my reading glasses keeping them within easy reach ...

This was a wonderful project that I had left waiting far too long. 

The kit was originally purchased at purlsoho at one of their sales. 

Betsy at Alabama Chanin was incredibly helpful and sent me some more fabric for the handles to make them just right ... I ended up sending the package down there to have them take a peek and it was actually explained to me that the layer of ecru/natural over the navy blue was what made it look different. Long story short ... they have won me over for more soon ... medium and lightweight cotton jersey in the stash beckons!

Couldn't be happier with my new tote and am already dreaming of the next favorite to make!!!