Adventure Tote

How to sew an Adventure Tote

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! This week, in our sunshiny studio we are making An Adventure Tote. Like so many of my designs, this bag was born out of necessity.

September is always a busy month for our family as the children transition back into their school routines and our fall activities begin.  As such, much of our time will be spent “on the run”. To keep up with the fast pace and maintain my sanity, I create “An Adventure Bag” which has lots of healthy snacks, water and assorted activities to keep me entertained while I wait ever so patiently for this and that to wrap up. By the time winter rolls around, I will be ready to sit in a comfy seat and move at a more leisurely pace! 

The exterior monogramming adds that extra special touch and can be substituted for an iron on monogram, hand embroidery or if you would prefer I can monogram a fabric panel especially for you! For more information on my custom embroidery offering, please click here.

For this particular project you are going to precut the follow pattern pieces:

Two denim or twill pieces of material which measure 15″ tall by 18″ wide for the exterior body.

Two cotton quilt weight pieces of material which measure 15″ tall by 18″ wide for the interior body.

Two cotton quilt weight pieces of material which measure 6″ tall by 18″ wide for the exterior accent panel.

Two cotton quilt weight pieces of material which measure 22″ long by 6″ tall for the handles.

Four cotton quilt weight pieces of material which measure 9″ tall by 18″ wide for the interior pockets.

Plus two pieces of quilt batting which measure 3″ x 22″ for the handles and two pieces of quilt batting which measure 15″ x 18″ for the exterior body.

The finished bag measures approximately:

12″ across the base

16″ across the top

10.5″ tall

5″ deep

With double handles that have a *snug 8.5″ drop

*I prefer short handles on my larger totes. If you need some additional wiggle room, simply lengthen the handle cuts to 6″ x 30″ for a roomy 12″ drop.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished Adventure  Totes with me! You can tag @sewspire on Instagram or post direct to our Facebook page.  I will be back next week with another inspired project. Until then, sew happy my friends!

XO!

Andrea