Burberry Inspired Tote Bag

Annie has become a fan of Burberry and was longing for a short, raincoat. Of course, she couldn’t afford a Burberry, so she hunted high and low and found a cute jacket. We were out shopping last week and stopped into a designer consignment shop. They had an adorable, little pink Chanel bag – for $600!!!  And then we spotted a Burberry tote and thought that could be her signature piece. Well, that tote bag was $225! A year or so ago Annie made all her aunts and grandmas flannel scarves. When we got home, she found that she still had that fabric. I dug up some burgundy twill lining, some binding and a purse handle in my stash and went to work.


I recently discovered a new product that is a wonderful bag stabilizer: ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable. It is a foam that can help your totes be strong enough to stand up, but not heavy or hard to sew. I used the Soft and Stable recently in some extra large utility totes. Then, just after I discovered it, Pellon introduced Flex Foam 77. This product is very similar to the Soft and Stable. However, it does not come in large widths. I understand that there is now fusible Flex Foam, although I have not tried it yet.

Burberry Inspired Tote Bag

For this bag, I created a simple patch pocket for the lining. I cut the flannel fabric to size, and then the Flex Foam. I used some fusible web fabric (whose name slips me!) to fuse the foam to the fabric. I cut my purse handles because Annie wanted a short and simple handle. I stitched them onto the bag with a black ribbon covering the end. I added a bias binding to the top.

Burberry Inspired Tote Bag

Annie is thrilled with her bag!


Burberry Inspired Tote








It now sits on her clothes tree in her dorm room!

dorm room clothes tree

Several customers have asked if I am selling the bag. I have checked and found that this flannel is no longer available. However, there are many other cute flannels, so contact me if you would like me to make a bag.