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How to sew the Ultimate Reusable Grocery Shopping Tote Bag by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Tote Bag.

For this project you are going to precut the following fabric pieces:

Handles: 5″ x 28″ (cut two and line with Pellon 809 Decor Bond)
Body: 24″ x 40″ (cut two and line one with Pellon 809 Decor Bond)
Interior Dividers: 24″ x 20″ (cut two)
Base: 9″ x 36″ (cut one)
Pellon Flex Foam 77 Base Insert: 8″ x 15″ (cut one)

Approximate finished measurements of the bag:

8″ deep
14″ tall
14″ across the base

11″ handle drop

Suggested yardage: 1 yard of the exterior and 1.5 yards of the interior: total 2.5 yards.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished bags with us on Instagram and Facebook.

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How to sew a Market Tote with button tab closure

How to sew a Market Tote Bag with button tab closure by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I am here today to show you how to sew my version of The Market Tote. For this project you will need approximately 3 yards of fabric, a 1.5″ swivel key fob and an oversized fabric covered button kit, plus 3/4 yard of quilt batting.

To begin, precut the following fabric panels:

For the body, cut four 18″ x 15″ panels and two like size pieces of batting.

For the exterior pockets, cut two 18″ x 12″ panels.

For the handles, cut two 6″ x 24″ panels and two 3″ x 20″ strips of batting.

For the interior pockets, cut two 9″ x 18″ panels.

For the key fob, cut one 6″ x 9″ panel.

For the button, cut one 3″ x 3″ panel.

For the button tab closure, cut one 12″ x 3″ panel.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished Market Tote with me on Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you.

XO,
Andrea

Beach Bag Design

Our Ultimate Beach Bag Design Part 1

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today we are beginning to design our Ultimate Beach Bag. In this video I will show you three bag designs which incorporate features that make up an ideal beach bag. You pick and choose the ones you like the best and leave me a comment. I will tally up the most requested features and incorporate them into our bag design.

I’d really like to start sewing this week!

Until we meet again, the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you.

Blissfully yours,
Andrea

 

Convertible Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 11: The Reveal

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I am SO EXCITED to show you how this beautiful bag comes together. In this episode we are crafting the d-ring flap closure which will complete our Collaborative Patchwork Backpack.

For this portion of the project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton which measure 12″ x 10″, one piece of quilt weight cotton which measures 12″ x 6″ and another piece which measures 8″ x 6″, plus two 1.5″ d-rings and one cut of quilt batting which measures 12″ x 10″.

I am so grateful for this time we got to spend together collaborating on the design of this bag and want you to know I am so thrilled with how it turned out and am certainly going to cherish it! Thank you so much for your contributions and a special thank you to our friend Jo, on the other side of the world, who has been sewing right along with me! (Jo your bag is gorgeous and I am certain your sister is going to be over the moon with her birthday gift!)

I will be back soon with a fresh series centered around home decor and slipcovers which I hope you will also enjoy.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

 

Custom interior pockets

Episode 8: A custom fit

Custom interior pockets
Custom interior pockets by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Our creative community has opted to include a padded laptop sleeve, small zippered pocket, 3-way divided slip pocket and a swivel key fob into the interior design of this fabulous bag.

In today’s episode we are crafting the interior rear pocket panel of our collaborative patchwork backpack which includes the padded laptop sleeve, small zippered pocket and swivel key fob.

For this portion of the project you will need one 18” x 18” quilt weight cotton square, two 11” x 18” quilt weight cotton rectangles, one 5.5” x 7” quilt weight cotton rectangle, one 9” x 4” quilt weight cotton rectangle, two 9” x 6” quilt weight cotton rectangles, a 6” or 7” YKK zipper and a 1.5” swivel key fob.

In tomorrow’s video we will craft the front interior panel with the 3-way divided slip pocket and likely finish assembling the interior.

Until then, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

 

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 7: It’s a beautiful bag!

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In today’s episode we are crafting the drawstring ties and completing the exterior of our patchwork backpack. For this portion of the project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton fabric which measure 3” x 20” and a quilted base panel which you will craft (just like the side panels) from ten of the 4” squares we precut in the first episode.

In tomorrow’s video we will begin to fashion the interior of the backpack. Please comment below and let me know if you would like to see how to incorporate:

1. a padded pocket for an iPad or Laptop
2. a three way divided slip pocket
3. a two way divided elasticized pocket
4. a small pocket for the phone
5. no pockets

Until then, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Collaborative Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 5: On the sunny side

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are creating elasticized side pockets and attaching the side panels to our front panel.

For this portion of the project you will need to create two more quilted panels from the 4″ squares. Each panel is two squares wide and five squares high, for a total of ten squares per panel. Your finished panels should measure approximately 7.0″-7.5″ x 17″-18″ . The elasticized pockets will be fashioned from two pieces of quilt weight cotton fabric which measure 12″ wide by 20″ tall. I used a 7″ piece of 1/4″ elastic for each pocket.

In the next episode, which I will record tomorrow, we will true up the 3 way panel we created in this episode by adding a top drawstring gusset.

I am thrilled with how this bag is coming together and hope you are enjoying the project! Please follow Sewspire on Instagram and Facebook for additional project updates.

Until next time, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

Quilted Front Pockets by Sewspire

Episode 4: Blessings and Expectations

Quilted Front Pockets by Sewspire
Quilted Front Pockets by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are integrating the exterior front pocket panel to create our 2 way divided pocket. The pocket panel is crafted from three rows of five 4″ squares and lined with a like size piece of cotton fabric which measures approximately 11″ tall by 18″ wide.

In the next video, which I will record Monday, we will be crafting the side panels and side pockets that you requested. If time permits, we might also begin assembling the exterior as well.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend and until next time…the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com

Episode 2: Pick Your Pockets

Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com
Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today we will begin piecing together our patchwork backpack. To begin, I have cut out 70 four inch squares from assorted cotton quilting fabrics. The front and rear panels are each crafted from 25 squares or five rows of five. Our focus in this video is to create the front and rear panels. In addition, we are also voting on the exterior pocket type and placement. Would you like to see

1. two side load pockets for water bottles
2. a full length front pocket with snap closure
3. a two way divided front pocket
4. a hidden rear zipper pocket
5. a combination of all of these pockets

Simply comment to contribute to the design and I will incorporate the most requested pockets into our collaborative design.

Until tomorrow, please know, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

 

Patchwork Bag Design by Sewspire

Episode 1: My New Year Resolution

Patchwork Bag Design by Sewspire
Patchwork Bag Design by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

To kick off 2017, we’ll be designing and sewing a patchwork backpack. I am not sure how many videos this project will take as we will be working on the bag in short daily episodes. As the project takes form I will be incorporating your requests into the design…so, if you’d like to have a say in the features of this particular bag you’ll need to check in each day and comment.

Until tomorrow…the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea