This large leather tote bag with a butterfly applique on the pocket measures about 16" wide (near the bottom) x 14" high x 3.5". It has a large (full width) inside pocket. The one pictured at the top has longer straps (30") than I often make them (18"). I will make the straps any length you'd like. Most all of these pictures are clickable for larger views.
The cost of a large leather tote bag, with the butterfly applique, like the one pictured at the top of this page is $260.00. The cost of one without the butterfly applique is $240.00.
Check out these links to other braided leather things that I've made and read my guest book to see what others have said about the things they have purchased from me.
Thumbnails below can be clicked to see a larger view.
Below are three of these large tote bags made with more elaborate braids on the body, pockets, and straps. They all have the large inside pockets mentioned above. A circle applique was braided on the outside pocket of the one on the left. The tote in the middle has similar pockets on the front and back. The tote on the right has the braided straps with their long tassles Both all of these images are clickable for larger views.
This tote bag below has a full width front pocket.
Here are some made using a series of patches. The two pictures on the left are front and back views of the same bag. The one on the right was made with fewer patches.
After receiving the bag above the owner wrote:
The package was at my house when I came home last night. The tote is absolutely PERFECT!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love the bag!! Everything about it is perfect -- the size, compartments, shape, straps, and most importantly the beautiful braiding and craftmanship! I can't imagine ever using another bag (unless of course I'm lucky enough to get another one in a different color!). THANK YOU so much for all your time and patience working with me to create a truly gorgeous customized bag! I am on cloud nine right now (yes, a bag can do that for a woman!). Again, thank you so much for everything!! Wendy
This tote bag was built without it tapering toward the top - same for the pocket on the front of it. The straps are braided with eight strands and so, it has eight tassels on each of the ends. It also has a full width pocket on the inside back of it.
small tote bags
These small leather tote bags measures about 13" wide (near the bottom) x 10" high x 3.5". It has a very large full width inside pocket. I'll make the straps on these any length a person wants. Most often I make them 18" to 30". The cost of this leather tote bag as pictured just below is $225.00. It can be made with any of the colors of the soft moccasin cowhide leather pictured on my swatch card page.
Below are other versions of how this tote can be built. They most all have the two pockets on the front and a large pocket on the inside. The one tote is pictured with a ruler to help with size. Some have an eight strand round braided straps with foundation knots and long tassels on each end. I had to adapt the top curve of the front pocket a bit to accomodate attaching the braided straps.
The size of these tote bags are 12" wide by 9' high by 4' - those dimensions can even be adjusted. They all have an inside full width front pocket.
other styles of tote bags
I like this rich dark brown leather that this one is built with.
Tassels can be made to any length one wants - 'as long as you'll have them.'