one day an introduced me to the anthropologie catalog. it's been our shared weakness ever since. anthro is synonymous with an's birthday, as it's been our annual tradition to go shopping and have parmesan garlic rosemary fries and mochas and tell each other to buy things we "need". this year for her birthday i made this reusable anthropologie-inspired bag for her shopping trips et al. it was a fun endeavour and though i hit a snag halfway through and had to reverse everything, thus making visible things that should've been invisible, i still was quite pleased with the result and think anthro should pay me for the idea of making their iconic red handled bags reusable, fabric totes. instead they will probably sue me, but whatev. it was worth it.
i made the bag to spec, including insert. i used linen on the outside and inside with stiff stabilizer in between, satiny red cord for the handles, and plastic mesh, stabilizer, and an insert from an anthropologie bag for the fabric covered insert. i drew the letters and squiggles by hand and embroidered in silver floss.