In search of inspiration...
Tote - Old newspaper reprint with layout possibilities. Thinking set in bottom/side seams to make it wider. Lined. maybe fringe end trimmed short and folded into outside pocket...
A challenge project nothing short of genius! May have seen this on Ravelry or here at Weavolution a while ago, but googled it from memory and found it pictured on flickr.
Interweave bag of the month links
Laurie in Maine
MUST find uses for newly woven "fabric" or yarn stash will just end up turned into fabric stash!
What's wrong with the folded tote? You could always use some other fabric for the handles.
Or use a standard tote bag pattern - handwoven is only fabric, after all! If you need to piece it, I'd overlap it, stitch it twice close together, and then possibly cover the overlap with some sort of decorative binding - but it can certainly be done. Or you can just sew a regular seam - that's what I did with my wedding-dress fabric, when my fabric wasn't quite wide enough. If it has a regular pattern you can match up the pattern very closely so the seam is nearly invisible - on my wedding-dress you can see it if you look really hard, but it's nearly invisible.
Your tote is lovely. The weaving looks great. What fibers did you use?
Did you wash/finish the fabric in any way before cutting? That could help set the cloth so there is less tendency to fray. Another treatment to control fraying is to carefully cut & then immediately iron on an iron-on interfacing. I've done this with California rag fabric, which can fall apart very easily.
Did you use a commercial fabric to line the tote? That can help stabilize things too.
I'm using up freebie acrylic - listed on my project page but not much write about. It was free :)
I did line it - used some leftover lining I had cut away from a skirt my daughter bought at Goodwill and asked me to shorten. By more than a foot! It's pretty and when I asked her if she recognized it she wanted to know if the bag was reversible. But then saved herself by saying, "But why would anyone want to?" [grins]
I stay stitched every cut as soon as it was made. My cutting board is 2 feet from my sewing machine and I handled it carefully to get it under the presser foot ASAP. Probably normal to loose every warp right up to the stitching to fray. I double stay stitched most of it.
I made another bag!
Used up the last of the free warp - but this time I knew I would get upholstery-like fabric and planned to cut it for another exercise in Fearless Cutting. Cutting comes easier with practice?!! It needs a button or two but I stuck a scarf pin to the top someone gave me. Project page.
About stay stitching...
Being new to weaving but having sewn for many years, I'd be inclined to mark where I want to cut with some chalk, then stay-stitch, then cut. Sewing for people who paid a lot for fabric is almost as scary as cutting fabric you made yourself:)
When chalk won't work... I use a very long running stitch to mark where I want to cut and then stay-stitch either inside or outside of the running stitch. I use a multi-stitch zig zag machine stitch as my stay stitch and then sometimes also use a medium straight stitch inside that.
Have fun with it! :)
I just finished a project that sounds similar to what you're looking to do (If I'm wrong I won't be offended if you say so - grin) - I wove a bag in linen but needed a nice stiff inner lining - in my case a heavy black cotton. I "fearlessly" (but with trepidation) cut my just finished clasped weft linen . . . zig zag stitch is now my favourite.
Just completed this one. Again a folded bag. This time it is out of my own homespun cotton. All of my bags are weft face as they are done on a tapestry loom. This one is a little larger than the white soumak bag and I have completed a green piece, again cotton weft face, that I will be posting in the next day or so. The green one is finally the size I am happy with.