Monday, March 12, 2012

"Tote"ally Cute tote

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A few months ago I had applied and was chosen to receive 1/2 a yard of fabric from Kim at Fabric Fascination and in exchange I would do a tutorial with it.

I was so excited when I  received this adorable Anthology Sweet Dreams Fabric. I had a hard time deciding between making a skirt for my daughter or a bag for her to carry her journal/art supplies in. She has been asking for me to make her a bag so I went with the bag idea and am so glad I did, I love how it turned out!

To get started here is what you will need:

1/2 yard of exterior fabric
1/2 yard of lining fabric
1/2 yard fusible interfacing
Button (optional)

Let's get started cutting our fabrics.

Main Fabric: Cut 2 pieces 18.5 inches long by 14 inches wide.
You will also need to cut 2 of these pieces from fusible interfacing as well.

Lining Fabric: Cut 2 pieces 12 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide. Cut 2 of these pieces from  fusible interfacing as well. These will be the handles we will be cut the lining pieces a little later.

Iron your fusible interfacing to the fabric pieces they correspond with.

To prepare your bag:

Take one of your rectangles and mark the middle lengthwise. Measure and mark 3 inches from the middle on both sides.

Fold each mark over to the middle mark and iron and pin in place. Do this on the other exterior piece as well.

Place the pieces print sides facing each other pin on the three sides leaving the top open and sew around making sure to back stitch at the start and end of your sewing.

Turn your bag so the the right side is showing and fold in half. Use this as a pattern for your lining piece. fold you lining fabric in half place the piece your using as a pattern on top and cut around it leaving sewing allowance. This picture looks like I left more sewing allowance than I did. You don't want your lining to end up wider than your exterior of your bag so only leave what you will need.

If you would like a pocket inside of your bag now is the time to add that.

Place your lining pieces together right sides facing and pin together. Leave a big enough space on the bottom open for turning. I like to place two pins where I need to leave it open so I remember not to sew it shut. Sew around making sure to back stitch at the start and on the opening spaces and the end.

Take your main  tote piece turned inside out and place both seams at the corner making sure to line them up. Mark up 1.5 inches. Draw a line all the way across at that mark and stitch. Repeat this on the other corner and both corner's of the lining.

Trim of all four of these corners.

With the Right side facing out of your lining piece and the wrong side facing out of your main piece,

place the lining inside of the main piece and pin in place and sew around.

Pull the outside piece through the lining and the lining piece back into the outer piece.

Iron and sew around the top of your bag.

Fold your handle pieces in half and iron. Open up and fold each side into the middle and iron.

Fold and iron both ends up 1/2 inch and press in place.

Fold the Handle back in half and press. Repeat with second handle piece.

Sew along the edge of both sides of the handle on both handles.

Mark 3 inches from the middle on both sides of the bag and pin and sew handle in place. Repeat with other handle on the other side of the bag.

Tae was too sick to take a picture so I will have to get one with her and add later;(

If you want you can sew on a little bow and a button and your done!

If you end up making one of these bags, I would love to see it!

Thanks you sew much Kim for the opportunity to make a tutorial with this gorgeous fabric!

If you would like to make this bag with the Anthology Sweet Dreams Fabric make sure to visit Kim's Etsy shop FabricFascination.


Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

LOVE it!!!! It is stinkin' cute! Great tutorial!

Dawn Ruth said...

Great bag idea. there are so many lovely fabrics about at the moment this is such a lovely idea. Ive just made oven gloves and a tea cosy if you want to see visit my blog.
I shall follow yours in future some good stuff here and great instructions

Serendipity and Spice said...

This is fantastic! Your tutorial is wonderful and very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing @ Manic Monday.

Pam said...

A lovely shaped bag and beautiful fabric. The pleat and bow really make the bag!!! Your tutorial is very easy to follow, too. I would love for you to share this at our ongoing link party that's just for Bags and Totes...

Jenni said...

I love the pleat you added to this tote bag. Great job! :)

Sky said...

A very nice tutorial for a simply adorable bag! Love the "pleat" on the exterior :) Great job!

Sewing for Utange said...

Beautiful fabric and a very pretty bag!

Pam said...

Thanks for linking up...

Natasha Mairs said...

would love it if you shared these on my link party, Serenity Saturday

Natasha xxx

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Too darn cute!!! thanks for the fab tutorial too!

Alexa said...

I'm adding this to my To Do list for my bag of the week blog.

Amanda said...

Really, really cute!! I love sewing purses, I am a beginner so mine are pretty simple so far.

Digital Scrapbooking Made Easy said...

So cute! I'd love to have you share this at my party at Thanks for the cute post!

Crafty Cousins said...

Super cute! We'd love it if you linked up to Crafty Cousins!

~Nat and Ash

Taylor said...

This is so great! I love the detail in your instructions. It's great for a beginning sewer like me : )

Katie said...

very cute!
You should join me for Handmade 52 at htttp://

Aunt B said...

Nice! The pleat adds great style. Thanks for sharing this.

Stacey said...

THat is just so sweet - great fabric, too!
Thanks for coming by to link up - please come back this Thursday as well!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Super cute! I just love that fabric. And the pleat makes it so interesting. Great job!

This2That said...

Love it!!

Jill said...

What a gorgeous bag - and a great tutorial too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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