WAY Too Cute for the Groceries Tote


Price includes 10 hours of class; an optional $27 kit is available

With Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby

May 15, 2:00-4:00, & 5:00-7:00 CDT;
May 22, 2:00-4:00, & 5:00-7:00 CDT;
May 23, 2:00-4:00 CDT

This new, fully-reversible version of our original Boro Tote includes lining, zipper, and more stitch patterns for you to use.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 7 days following the event.

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Based on the project and stitch patterns from our new book Boro & Sashiko: Harmonious Imperfection, with a twist! We’re taking our signature boro and sashiko Too Cute for the Groceries tote bag — that is already WAY too cute for just hauling around your produce — making it fully reversible, adding advanced and modern sashiko elements.

And, yes, pockets… external AND internal pockets, a boxed bottom, and… wait for it… a zipper closure! If you have already taken the first steps in Hitomezashi Essentials and Moyouzashi Essentials sashiko classes, this will take your stitching to the next level. Already made one tote? This class will elevate the iconic tote bag to new heights of style.

*Note: Some parts of this project will be easier to complete if you have a basic sewing machine, but the entire project can be stitched by hand and we will show you how in class. So…a sewing machine that sews a straight stitch is a very good thing but not 100% necessary. We will show both options.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Prerequisites: Hitomezashi Sashiko Essentials and Moyouzashi Sashiko Essentials

An Optional kit can be ordered directly from the Shibaguyz at The kit will include: Aurifil 12-wt Sashiko thread, Aurifil 50-wt sewing thread, Clover Sashiko needle, Clover hand-sewing needle, Clover Sashiko thimble, grid and template, glue stick.

Supply list
__1/2 yard cotton muslin or other cotton fabric for tote body base and handles (this fabric should be very lightweight so your finished bag isn’t too dense)
__1/2 yard of your favorite decorative fabric for reversible lining
__1 pair of worn denim jeans to be cut for pockets
__12″ purse zipper
__Fabric scissors and thread snips
__Regular hand-sewing thimble
__Washable or erasable fabric pen/pencil
__Ruler/Quilting Ruler
__Fabric pieces or scraps for cutting up and sewing into patches for your bag. We recommend cottons, linen, denim — the more random the better. Think old clothes or fabric scraps you have around, no need to get fancy!
__Sashiko basics: Sashiko thread, 50-wt sewing thread, Sashiko needle, hand-sewing needle, Sashiko thimble, grid and template, glue stick OR do not remove the optional kit which is added at checkout from your cart.
__Sewing Basics: Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins
__Patchwork/Quilting Basics: Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins, Rotary cutter, Mat and ruler

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique

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