Today I’m excited to share with you a new tutorial, the Farmer’s Market Tote. Andover Fabrics was kind enough to send over some of Marisa of Creative Thursday‘s upcoming line Locally Grown for these bags. I am absolutely in love with the little sheep and strawberries.
It does feel a bit strange making bags for fresh veggies when it looks like this outside.
But I think that is partially what motivated me – I’m ready for summer! And anyway, it doesn’t need to be warm to need a big bag to carry our fabric around in, right? Let’s get started!
Farmer’s Market Tote
Please note, all seams are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted
Outer Panel – 1/2 yard
Outer Pockets – 1/2 yard
Pocket Lining – 1/2 yard
Inner Lining – 1/2 yard
Straps – 1/4 yard (not a fat quarter)
Interfacing, (I used Pellon SF101) – 1 yard
Step 1: Cut your fabric.
|Pattern Piece||Size||Number to Cut|
|Outer Panel||17-1/2″ x 20″||2|
|Outer Pockets||14-1/2″ x 20″||2|
|Pocket Lining||14-1/2″ x 20″||2|
|Inner Lining||17-1/2″ x 20″||2|
|Straps||4″ x 26″||2|
|Interfacing||17-1/2″ x 20″||2|
Step 2. Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of your outer panel fabrics according to the manufacturers directions.
Step 3. Now we are going to do a bit of trimming. Take your 17-1/2″ (tall) x 20″ (wide) Outer Panel rectangles and trim a diagonal line from the top left corner to the 1-1/2″ marking on your cutting mat, as shown.
Step 4. Repeat on the right side of the fabric, cutting from the top right corner to the 18-1/2″ marking on your cutting mat.
Step 5. Once your fabric angles are trimmed, cut 2″ squares out of the bottom left and right corners. This is for your gusset later. Because there is a slight angle from steps 3 and 4, you won’t be removing an exact square. Just be sure to line up your ruler as shown below.
After cutting out the squares, this is what your Outer Panels should look like.
Step 6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 for your Inner Lining.
Step 7. Now it’s time to trim the Outer Pockets. Just like you did for your Outer Panel, we are going to cut the fabric at an angle on the left and right sides. Line up your ruler from the 17-1/2″ marking on your cutting mat, to the 1-1/2″ (when cutting left) and 18-1/2″ (when cutting right) measurement on the bottom of the cutting mat, as shown. This will get you the same angle you cut on previous pieces.
Alternatively, you could use your previously cut Outer Panel as a template and trim along the already cut lines.
Step 8. Just as you did in Step 5, trim 2″ squares from the bottom corners. Your Outer Pockets should look like this.
As you can see, the Outer Pocket fabric has the same angles now as the Outer Panel fabric.
Step 9. Repeat for your Pocket Lining.
Everything is now cut – yay! Pat yourself on the back.
Now let’s sew it together!
Step 10. Take one of your Outer Pockets and one of your Pocket Linings. Pin along the top, right sides together. Stitch along just the top, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 11. Flip right sides out, and press. Top stitch along the finished seam.
Step 12. Repeat for your second Outer Pocket and Pocking Lining.
Step 13. Place your finished Outer Pocket Panel on top of your Outer Panel, as shown. Pin together along sides and bottom. Machine baste along the sides and bottom of the panel, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. ** Do NOT sew the cut out squares! **
Step 14. Now we are going to split the pocket into two sections. Using your ruler and a marking tool, measure halfway across the panel. Mark a sewing line lengthwise down the panel, as shown.
Step 15. Starting at the bottom of the panel and working your way to the top of the pocket, stitch your marked line. Cross over a bit from the top of your pocket onto the Outer Panel and backstitch. This will reinforce your pocket at the top.
Step 16. Repeat for the second Outer Pocket Panel and Outer Panel.
Step 17. Place your finished Outer Panels right sides together and pin along the sides and bottom. Take care to match up the top of the pockets when pinning. This sort of attention to detail will make your tote bag look professionally made.
Step 18. Sew down the sides and bottom of the fabric, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. ** Do NOT sew the cut out squares! ** Press your seams open.
Step 19. Now it’s time to sew the gussets! If you have never done this before, this is probably the trickiest step. I took a lot of photos to help explain.
“Open” up your bag in the corner where you cut the squares, and place the fabric back together matching up the side and bottom sewn seam, as shown.
Step 20. Pin as shown.
Step 21. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 22. Repeat on the other side to make the second gusset. This is what your bag should now look like.
Step 23. Attempt to press your seams and flip your bag right side out.
Step 24. Repeat steps 17 – 22 to assemble your Inner Lining. **Leave approximately 5″ open along the bottom however, for flipping the bag right side out later.**
Step 25. Place your Outer Tote Section right side out, into the Inner Tote Section wrong side out, as shown.
Step 26. Pin along the top of the bag, and sew together along the entire top, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 27. Flip your bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.
Step 28. Stitch the bottom of the lining closed.
Step 29. Press your bag and top stitch around the top.
Step 30. Almost there! It’s time to make the straps. Fold the short edges of your strap fabric in about 1/4″. You can optionally stitch these down, as shown. Now fold your strap fabric in half, lengthwise. Iron to make a crease and then open.
Step 31. Fold your strap fabric in lengthwise towards the center crease line, as shown. Press.
Step 32. Fold in half again. Press.
Step 33. Stitch around each side of the strap. Repeat for the second strap.
Step 34. Measure 3″ on each side of the pocket line you stitched earlier. Place your strap ends at this point, 1-1/2″ down from the top of the tote bag. Pin in place.
Step 35. Stitch in place, around all sides and then diagonally, as shown.
Step 36. Repeat until all 4 strap ends are attached.
March 1, 2013 33 Comments
I’m not sure if I said my Weekender was the last bag I’d make for awhile. If I did, I guess I lied. While I was at Quilt Camp, I was lucky enough to sit across from the very talented Amanda of Sasikirana Handmade. Everything she makes is so.stinking.cute. She has such great talent when it comes to fabric selection and fussy cutting prints perfectly.
So as I was sitting across from her, I decided I just had to make something cute. I have been looking for an excuse to make Ayumi Takahashi’s Popsicle pattern for awhile now and decided to use it to make my daughter a tote bag for Christmas. Ayumi blogs at the Pink Penguin and has created a ton of amazing paper piecing patterns.
Paper piecing the popsicles wasn’t too hard, although I did mess up a couple components and had to redo them. That little nose is super tiny! Overall though, it was a huge success. I added a bit of fabric from Tasha‘s fabric line The Sweetest Thing above and below the popsicles and to the back of the tote.
I used another print on the lining. It’s really, well, the sweetest thing! The straps are a stripe from Bonnie & Camille‘s Marmalade fabric line.
I sort of just made up the tote pattern as I went along. I felt like I’ve made enough bags that I would be successful. I added little gussets to the bottom so it stands on it’s own.
I managed to sew this entire thing, with my daughter in the room, and she never once came over to see what I was doing. I think it will be a great surprise under the tree on Christmas!
December 13, 2012 18 Comments
Yep, another bag! (And I’m working on a third one right now too, so I hope you like totes.) Last month at the Sewing Summit I was super lucky to have the chance to take Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Design’s class. Alexia is not only talented but also a very, very nice person and I was thrilled to be able to spend a couple hours with her, working on her Ship Shape Tote pattern.
We all cut our fabrics at home and I decided to use 12 different prints, rather than 2 like in the example. Each side of my tote has the same set of fabrics, but in a different order. The fabric is a mix of Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics (Field Study, Good Folks, Innocent Crush), Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee, Bari J’s Splendor 1920, Art Gallery Fabrics Indie and Cloud9′s Nature Walk. For the lining I chose Alexander Henry’s Heath in chocolate and added a bit of Cloud9′s Cut Out and Keep because I didn’t have enough of the crosshatch. The straps are a solid chocolate brown.
This was the first time I’ve sewn with such heavy weight interfacing. I really love the sturdy shape it gives the bag. (Mine’s a little wrinkled right now from being shoved under an airline seat.)
The shape of the tote is great too. The slight angled look is really cool and the flat bottom really lets you put a lot in the bag. I really pushed it to it’s limits when I loaded it up as my carry on on the way home from Salt Lake City.
I’m already thinking this will be a great pool bag for the summer. I think it will fit all our beach towels, sunscreen, pool toys and snacks and it won’t tip over and let everything spill out.
For my USA friends, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have so much to be thankful for and I can’t wait to celebrate with family. xox
November 21, 2012 13 Comments
We had such warm weather over the weekend – 70 on Sunday! But boy did that drop and yesterday the high was a windy 35. This is the time of year I love to begin to hibernate at home. We kind of joke that we won’t see any of our neighbors for the next 6 months and it’d be true if it weren’t for the bus stop. (I also laugh in April when people start taking coats off at kid-pickup and you discover all sorts of new people are pregnant – just couldn’t see it under all the layers! LOL)
That really has nothing to do with today’s post, except maybe to say when I hibernate, it’s nice to have some magazines around to read. And it’s pretty cool that I have a quilt in the current Winter 2012 issue of Quilty! Do you remember my Candy Pinwheels quilt from last Spring? Well, you can imagine my excitement when none other than the SUPER nice Mary Fons emailed me and asked if they could include it with a full pattern in Quilty magazine. Um, let me think about that for about 2 seconds – YES!
It did take a bit longer to negotiate with my little 5 year old who was the current owner of the quilt. It was made special for her and she slept with it every night. And those of you that have/had/know 5 year olds know that a special blanket is not something to be taken lightly. What can I say, she ended up getting a Hello Kitty sewing machine out of the deal. I’m not above a little bribery. She was thrilled when it came back in the mail though.
You can find this magazine at stores now. I’ve seen it at Barnes and Noble and have friends that have even found it at their local grocery store (Kroger). There’s lots of great patterns inside, including some from Anna Maria Horner, Amanda Jean Nyberg (cover quilt!) and Mary Fons. I hope you will go check it out!
November 13, 2012 28 Comments