Two Hour Tote (Or Less!)

Hello! I’m Summer, and I blog over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff. I’m so excited to be back here at The Ribbon Retreat as part of the Bag Lady series.

Can I admit something to you? I had never made a bag before I made this! And I can’t believe that! I loved making it, and can’t wait to make more.

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Here’s what you need to make this fabulous lined tote.

- fabric (I used some of the Vintage Verona line from Riley Blake)
- sewing machine/accessories

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Start off by cutting your fabric pieces.

For the body of the tote, you’ll need to cut two pieces of your outside fabric, as well as two pieces of your lining fabric. That equals four pieces total at 18” x 21.5”.

Cut two pocket pieces at 8” x 11”.

Cut four strap pieces at 2.5” x 10”.

Let’s start with the pocket. Put the two pieces together with right sides facing in, and sew along the sides and bottom.

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Clip the corners (watch your seams!) and turn the pocket right side out. Press.

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Tuck in the raw edges along the top about 1/4” and press. Sew 1-2 straight lines across the top to secure the fabric.

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Take one of your main fabric pieces, and pin the pocket in place where you would like it.

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Sew the pocket to the main fabric piece right along the edge. Leave the top open!

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Place the two main fabric pieces together with right sides facing in. Sew again along the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

I used this tutorial from I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar for boxing the corners before I turned it right side out.

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Repeat this process for the two lining pieces, except leave a 3”-4” opening along the bottom.

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Set your bag pieces aside. Take two of the strap pieces, place them right sides facing together, and sew them together along the long edges. Leave the short edges open.

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Turn the strap right side out, press, and top stitch along each long edge.

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Repeat with the other two strap pieces.

Pin the strap in place on the front of the main bag where you would like it.

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Repeat with the remaining strap on the back side of the main bag. Make sure the straps are pinned in the same place!

Take the main bag, and place it inside the lining with the right sides facing together. Line up the side seams, and pin around the top.

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Sew all along the top edge, making sure to get those straps sewn in. I used a 1/4” seam allowance.

Pull the bag through the opening you left in the lining. Once the bag is pulled through, tuck in the edges of the opening and sew it up.

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Iron along the top edge of the bag, and press the lining into the main part of the bag, and you are done!

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This tote took me under two hours to make – and that was with cutting and everything. It’s a simple bag, and comes together quickly!

Look at that lovely lining. Perfect bag for trips to the library! Or maybe even for holding my books and sunscreen while I’m at the beach in Hawaii in a couple weeks. (You can be jealous, I won’t hold it against you).

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It’s a fun way to mix some different patterns together, too, which is one of my favorite things!

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Thank you so much for having me here today! I hope you will join me over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff for more sewing and craft tutorials!

Thank you Summer! What an awesome bag! I love how quick and easy this bag is to put together and how amazing it looks! No one will ever guess that this little looker took two hours or less to make! This bag would also make a great gift for that best friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member. It would also be an amazing gift to give at a baby shower with diapers and wipes and a cute little outfit hidden inside! I love it!
Thank you again Summer for sharing your incredible and creative talent with us today! For more terrific tutorials and a whole lot of fun, don’t forget to stop by Sumo’s Sweet Stuff! Oh…and yes Summer, I do happen to be very jealous of you and your bag’s upcoming trip! Aloha! :)

Are you loving this month of bags as much as I am? I am so in love with all of the bags we have featured so far and can’t wait for you to see what we still have coming up! If you travel a lot…we have one for you. If you have been wanting a new purse…we have one for you. And of course, if you are like me and are in love with bags in general…big or small, plain or bright…just wait, because we have some of those coming too, just for you!

Thank you for stopping by our fun series and if you too would like to make one, some or all of these adorable bags (join the club…hehe!) visit The Ribbon Retreat’s incredible selection of fabric and notions where you can find all of the supplies needed to make these gorgeous bags right here in our one stop shop!

See you tomorrow for another beeeeautiful bag tutorial!

Happy Creating & Happy Bag Ladies!
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2 Comments

  1. Terry
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I love making totes to use as the ‘wrapping’ for gifts (and as part of the gift).

    • Posted January 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Hi Terry! Thank you for stopping by and for your fun comment! I love your idea for “wrapping” gifts in a tote you have made! I would love to receive a gift with that kind of wrapping! :)
      Thanks again Terry! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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