My dear DIL had sent me boxes of upholstery samples years ago that I keep working on. I've made pillows and a vest that I didn't care for, but the thing that seems to be the best use for them is totes. I gather sets together in a color theme and stitch them to create a big piece of fabric. Each seam is sewn, pressed open and then top stitched on each side to make it flat. I box the bottom corners and then sew a pleat from the top, across the bottom, and up to the top on each side in a U to give it strength and shape. They are lined in synthetic satin.
This is my favorite, because it has more color.