- Long enough handles.
- Light inside.
- Pocket outside of the purse/tote.
- Pockets inside the purse to carry pens and emory boards
- Ample room for a bottle of water, magazine, book, makeup bag, beach towel, small dog and husbands requests – camera, his bottle of water, keys,….
- Attractive with seasonal color
- Wide enough opening
- Sturdy Handles – sewn into the seam and not on the outside
- Quality materials
- Needs to stand up
Totes are so versatile. I use one every day because I carry a bottle of water around with me plus a multitude of “other” things that require space.
I’m certain there are a few of you out there that have a list of requirements for your purses. One of mine is an outside pocket for my cellphone and keys. I build my totes to have outside and inside pockets.
Straps are a big deal to people too. Too short or too long, we get fussy about the length. Two reasons for that – too short you can’t do the over the shoulders carry and too long they fall off your shoulder.
The single requirement now, for me, is can I see into the cavern I call my purse/tote? Black lining, dark brown or any dark color is a deal breaker for me. I don’t care if it says Vera Bradley, Prada or Coach – if it’s dark inside it doesn’t serve my needs.
So as I make my little lovelies, I keep all of that in mind.