Late last year, a friend of my mom’s very kindly gave me some vintage tablecloths and fabric. I have been holding on to them, staring at them, unfolding and refolding them, and generally meditating on them ever since. I finally cut up the red and blue one and turned it into a couple of tote bags.
I really really love this bag. The tablecloth is soft from use, and looks so great with the other fabrics. Each side has a large pocket with a vintage button closure, and the red handles pop against the softer blue. The polka-dot lining is sweet, but not too sweet. I interfaced the whole thing with cotton flannel, so it’s very machine washable and very sturdy. The flannel also gives it great body — there’s a nice heft to it.
I named this after Irma Rombauer, the author of Joy of Cooking — it’s sort of food-related and has a bit of a 30s-40s feel to it because of the tablecloth, and the colors are similar to older editions of the cookbook.