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How to sew a Lifestyle Tote Bag

An introduction to my newest bag design: The Lifestyle Tote

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to introduce my latest bag design, The Lifestyle Tote, in a new tutorial format that includes written instructions + accompanying video tips.

The complete instructions are available for instant download in PDF format here:

https://www.andreachapmandesigns.com/listing/623575948/new-sewspire-shortcut-sewing-pdf-pattern

You can view the accompanying video tips for this style here:

This particular project uses a unique layering technique to create a bag that has multiple pockets / compartments that can easily be customized to suit your needs perfectly.

I hope you enjoy this new tutorial format and will share pictures of your Lifestyle Tote with me on Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire and @sewspire. I will be back next week with another inspired sewing project in full video format (like you are accustomed to…so don’t panic). Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

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How to sew a waxed canvas messenger bag tutorial

How to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag. For this project you will need 2 sets of snaps,  1.5 yards of waxed canvas and 1.5 yards of cotton fabric.

Precut your fabric to the following dimensions:

Exterior (waxed canvas):

Cut two 15″ x 15″ body panels

Cut three 6″ x 15″ side panels

Cut one 13″ x 12″ flap panel

Cut two 15″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut two 6″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut one 8″ x 36″ strap

Interior (cotton fabric):

Cut two 15″ x 15″ body panels

Cut three 6″ x 15″ side panels

Cut one 13″ x 12″ flap panel

Cut two 15″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut two 6″ x 18″ pocket panels

I like to use a 5/8″ seam allowance for the interior seams and a 3/8″ or less seam allowance for the top stitching. 

The waxed canvas material I used in this tutorial is from Big Duck Canvas and is an absolute dream to work with. It moves through the machine beautifully and offers the bag ample body without the use of interfacing or batting. In addition the waxed canvas will provide the bag with a durable and weather / stain resistant exterior as well as a natural patina similar to the look of leather.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished projects with us on Facebook and Instagram using @sewspire and #sewspire. I will be back next week with a Unicorn inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

How to sew the ultimate commuter bag by Sewspire

How to sew the ultimate commuter tote bag by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to make The Ultimate Commuter Tote Bag.

For this project you will need 3 yards of material to include 2 yards of 44″ cotton fabric and 1 yard of 54″ twill / duck or canvas material. Plus a 9″ x 14″ piece of stiff interfacing, a 24″ x 36″ piece of quilt batting, 2 snap sets and a 14″ zipper.

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To begin, precut the following pattern pieces:

Cotton, cut 3, 18″ x 30″ interior panels

Twill, cut 1, 24″ x 36″ exterior panel

Twill, cut 2, 24″ by 10″ exterior pocket

Cotton, cut 2, 24″ x 10″ exterior pocket lining

Cotton, cut 2, 6″ x 16″, zipper gusset

Cotton, cut 2, 6″ x 18″ short handles (increase length to 24″ or 30″ if you desire a longer drop).

Cotton, cut 1, 6″ x 32″ shoulder strap (increase length to 38″ or 44″ if you desire a longer strap).

Your finished bag will measure approximately 9″ wide, 12″ tall and 14″ across the base and offer you 6 exterior pockets, 3 interior compartments, double handles and a shoulder strap.

I hope you enjoy this project and will share photos of your finished bags with our creative community on Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire and @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

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How to sew a yoga tote bag the Sewspire Way

How to sew a Yoga Bag the Sewspire Way

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to make a Yoga Bag the Sewspire Way. For this project you will need approximately 3.5 yards of fabric.

To begin, precut your fabric to the following measurements:

Handles: 6″ x 30″ (cut 2) and back each with Pellon 809

Exterior Body: 18″ x 36″ (cut 2) and back each with Pellon 809

Interior Compartment: 18″ x 30″ (cut 2)

Interior Pocket: 18″ x 18″ (cut 2)

Zippered Bag: 15″ x 18″ (cut 2)

Plus a 14″ zipper and 5 Heavy duty snaps

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

P.S. you can repurpose this bag into a fabulous sewing machine tote, beach bag, pool bag, picnic sac and more!

How to sew a sewing machine tote bag the Sewspire Way
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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

How to sew a six pocket tote bag

How to sew a 6 Pocket Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous 6 Pocket Tote Bag. For this project you will need approximately 1 yard of solid twill / cotton / duck fabric and 1 yard of printed linen / cotton blend or twill fabric.

To begin, precut the following pattern pieces:

Cut 4 18″ x 18″ body panels (two printed, two solid)

Cut 4 18″ x 9″ pocket panels (two printed, two solid)

Cut 2 5″ x 60″ straps (both printed)

The pockets are positioned 5″ from the base of the exterior body panels and the straps are positioned 5″ from the sides of the exterior body panels. The corners are stitched 6″ across.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished tote bags with me on Instagram and Facebook using #sewspire and @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

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