I used to have a tote that I made from the bodice of a dress that didn’t work out.
It was a very basic bodice; no sleeves, no collar, and, with the zipper removed and the armholes sewn shut, it made a great tote. The fabric was a sturdy cotton twill in a green camouflage print, and it lasted for years.
This tote is a single strap hobo bag, flat, fully lined, and it has one small pocket on the outside (which you can’t see because the camouflage is a smashing success).
Cotton fabrics inside and out, and it’s just so strong and capable that I might not be able to let it go.
You can find the bag here on Etsy, if I am able to part with it. But beware: I might make a copy of the bag for myself.