I think I’ve mentioned I’m a fabric hoarder. I see. I like. I buy… whether I have use for it or not. I admit, it has gotten out of control. So I’m on a mission to start downsizing… if possible! Some fabrics were intended for a particular person, so I decided to start with those.
I purchased this one for the little ballerina in the family… my niece Lianna.
I decided to make a tote for her to carry her belongings in to and from class. It was a quick and simple tote to make, so I thought to share it with you all!
These are the supplies that are needed to make the tote:
2 pieces of fabric measuring 16″ x 18″ [For non-directional fabric, feel free to cut one piece on the fold (the fold will be the bottom of the bag).]
2 strips measuring 3″ X 24″ (handles)
Dowel rod (skewer or pencil are good substitutes)
Fabric to cut out a letter measuring about 8″
Embellishments (like fabric flowers and lace)
Note: Be sure to backstitch in the beginning and end of each seam.
First, I ironed all my pieces (something I should have done before cutting!). Next, using a zig zag stitch I sewed on the letter.
With right sides facing and using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the two large pieces together along the sides and the bottom (just sew the 2 sides if you cut on the fold). Serge or zig zag stitch the seams.
To make the handles, fold each piece on the long side with right sides facing. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew leaving one short end open. With a dowel rod, turn the handles right side out. Iron each handle and topstitch with an 1/8″ stitch.
Next, press down a 1/4″ fold on the top of the tote and then an 1″ fold. On each side, evenly center the ends of the handles underneath the folds making sure the handles are not twisted. Sew around the bottom edge of the folded opening with an 1/8″ topstitch.
Turn the tote right side out and bring the handles upright. Sew the handles in the upright position going around making a square and a X in the center. Do this to all four sides.
And now you have a tote!
You can proceed by adding embellishments, which I did. I just couldn’t resist! All the fabric flowers were extras from previous projects and coincidentally were the perfect match! To make your own fabric flowers, check out these tutorials HERE.
I hope the tutorial was easy to follow. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!