Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Everything Tote

I always seem to need an extra bag and never have one, so here is a quick and easy tote pattern so you always have a bag for everything.
What you need
All the fabric is printed outdoor fabric, or you could also use another heavy weight fabric.
3/4 yard of main fabric
1/4 yard of fabric for straps
1/4 yard for pocket and sides
1/4 yard of double sided iron on heavy weight interfacing
1 1/4 yards iron on interfacing
Matching thread

Your first step is to cut all your pieces to the right size.
Out of the main fabric cut two 14” by 16” rectangles, and two 6” by 16” rectangles
You then want to take your pocket fabric and cut one 8” by 10” rectangle, and two 6” by 14” rectangles.
Then for the straps you need to cut two 4.5” by 44” rectangles.
Also cut two strips of iron on interfacing the same size. Iron on the interfacing to the wrong sides of both straps. Then fold the right sides together and sew with 1/4 inch seam down the long side.
Then turn both straps right side out and press.
Next we take our main fabric and pocket and hem tops of all with 1/4 inch hem. (fold fabric 1/4 inch then another 1/4 inch and topstitch) 
Place your pocket 3 inches from both sides of main fabric and match bottoms. With basting stitch sew down both sides of pocket.
Pin on strap to from side of tote 2 3/4 inch from both sides of front.Then sew top stitch up the side around and back down the other side. Repeat on other side of strap.
Sew back strap the same as front strap.
Next cut the double sided heavy weight interfacing 5” by 15'’.
Sew bottom fabric wrong sides together with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving one short side open. Slide interfacing into the pocket made by bottom fabric. Sew the last side with 1/4 inch seam.
Iron both side of bottom to fuse interfacing to fabric.
Take front of tote and bottom piece placing right sides together sew a 1/4 inch seam along bottom of tote. Finish all seams with a zigzag stitch.
Next take the back of tote and sew right together and sew 1/4 inch seam.
Then take the sides of tote and sew wrong sides together with 1/4 inch seam. Press all sides of tote to finish off.
Now you have a great tote to use for anything your heart desires.

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