Hi friends! I hope you are fine! Between being busy around I had a lovely moment outside with Nero and Hanna. Hanna helpped me with photos about the new shopping bag. I wrote a simple tutorial for this bag – perhaps you need new tote as I did. This is a quick and easy project.
Fabrics I used for this bag are firm cotton like canvas. This wooden print is from Ikea and the lining is made with fabric I got from Cyprus, this one with trains, buildings and text Istanbul. Hanna is ready for a trip … I think she is checking if she remembered to pack enough goodies …
Ready, let’s go!
From the outside fabric:
– 2 x [17″ x 21″] – you can cut one piece from folded fabric as I did to avoid the seam on the bottom or cut two pieces
– pocket 1 x [10″ x 21″]
– straps 2 x [3″ x 16″]
From the lining fabric:
– cut same pieces as for the main bag but you don’t need straps
Here you see how I have cut the main lining piece from the fold of the fabric. Look also how to fold the edges of the pocket piece.
Fold the edges of the pocket pieces. Fold the straps first from the middle and then as shown in this photo. I left the selvage because the other edge will cover it. Then iron your pieces.
Sew the up edges of both pocket pieces. Then put the pocket on the front piece of the bag (about 4 1/2 ” from the bottom). Sew the down edge on the bag’s piece. Sew also two lines to sparate the pocket in three.
Do the same for the lining and its pocket.
Now turn the right sides inside and sew both sides. Now it looks like this.
Next we make the bottom. Fold the corners as shown in the following photo. The size for the corner is 6″ x 3″. If you have cutting mat, it’s very helpful to make the corner.
Sew where the pins are. Then you can turn your main bag right side out. Lining stays as the right side is inside.
Now take your straps and as you have folded them and ironed, sew lines on both sides and in the middle. We don’t mind the edges because they will be inside the bag and lining. Put now the lining inside the bag, add straps between (take the measurement from two stitiching lines on the pocket). Fold the edge of the bag and of the lining (seam allowance is good to be about 1/2″). Pin all together and sew few times around. Sew several times over the straps.
And here we are, our shopping tote is ready …
I hope you find this tutorial easy and simple. If there is enything you would like ask, don’t hesitate, I’m very happy to help!
My ‘Woods’ Pocket bag has the button and it’s very practical little bag. Read about that project HERE.
Have you heard that 16th of March is International Quilt Day?! Wow – that’s so great – we can quilt all the day without any guilt! Read more about that from ‘Sew Cal Gal’!
My dear blog friend Laura wrote a wonderful post with her dogs and quilts! She is having a linky party where we can share our dogs on quilts and quilts on dogs! Laura’s blog is ‘Quokka Quilts’!
I’m linking at ‘Fabric Tuesday’! Megan and Heather have finished all their ‘Block of the Month’ blocks and they are super beautiful. Both of them made same blocks but the quilt tops are totally different – both are really fantastic!
If you go quickly, you can still enter to Faith’s amazing GIVE AWAY at ‘Fresh Lemons’! It’s open till 7th of March. Faith has a great give away once a month and there are many sponsors at the same time! Good luck!
Thank you for your visit and sweet comments! I’m on my way for a doggy walk! Hope to see you soon!
Hugs and kisses!