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How to sew a large project tote bag

How to sew a Large Project Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am going to show you how to sew a tote which I designed to carry my projects from home to the studio. This is a generously sized bag which measures approximately 12″ across the base, 5″ deep and 14″ tall.

For this project you will need to precut the following pieces:

7 squares of quilt weight cotton which measure 3″ x 3″

1 piece of fusible flannel which measures 3″ x 18″

4 squares of twill or canvas material which measure 18″ x 18″

*2 strips of leather which measure 1″ x 18″

(*I do have limited quantities of the leather straps for sale here)

I hope you enjoy this project and will share photos of your finished bag on the Sewspire Instagram page using #sewspire and @sewspire or our community Facebook page.

I will be back next week with another inspired sewing project. In the meantime, if you would enjoy receiving my supplemental weekly inspirational email, please be sure to subscribe to my mailing list at the bottom of this page.

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

XO,

Andrea

How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag

How to sew a Messenger Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome back to Sewspire!

This week we are making messenger style tote bags which can be worn cross body with ease. I especially appreciate the wide padded strap on this style as it is so comfy! For the exterior of my bag, I selected a simple grey Premier Print print and then went a little crazy on the interior and selected a really fun animal print that makes me smile every time I open my bag.

For this project you will need to cut 6 panels which measure 12″ tall by 16″ wide. Three of these panels should be cut from a thicker twill fabric, such as these fabulous Premier Prints and three should be cut form a nice quilt weight cotton such as these adorable Micheal Miller prints. You will also be cutting the handle from the thicker twill and it will measure 8″ wide by 54″ in length. For your project planning purposes: you will need to set aside a half yard of 54″ twill fabric and three quarter yard of cotton quilt weight fabric + a half a yard of quilt batting.

The bag comes together in a cinch and should take you less than an hour to make. I’d love to see photos of your finished projects and invite you to post pictures on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages using @sewspire and #sewspire

I hope you enjoy the project and will share this blog with your creative friends! Until next week, sew happy and be inspired my beautiful friends!

XO!

Andrea

How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag
How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag by Andrea Chapman @sewspire.com

How to sew a mini saddle bag

This week we are making a miniature saddle bag. This sweet little bag could serve a multitude of purposes, for sure. I am going to use mine to hold my GoPro on one side and the accessory cords on the other. It would also make a darling pacifier holder, cosmetic bag or first aid kit. Let me know what you plan to use yours for in the comments below. I will be back next week with another surprise sewing project. Thank you for sewing with me!

XO, Andrea

Pattern Piece Round Up

Cut four 6″ x 11″ pieces for the body
Cut four 4.5″ x 4″ pieces for the flaps
Cut one 3″ x 6″ piece for the handle

Plus, two snap sets

If you’d like to help me offset the costs of running the blog, you can purchase a precut kit for this sewing project here

How to sew an over the arm small project bag

This sweet little bag is designed to wear over the arm and is the perfect way to contain and organize your small projects. It will also hold two bottles of wine OR the contents of a brown paper bag lunch perfectly! So, when I am not using mine for lunch, you’ll likely find some wine in tow. Lol.

I have outlined the construction process in the ten minute video posted below and anticipate you will be able to create something similar in 30 minutes or less. Please let me know how you will be using your project bag and if you have any suggestions as to how we can improve upon the design. I love hearing from you and look forward to seeing your handy work over on Instagram via #sewspire

Thank you for sewing with me and I will be back next week with another surprise sewing project.

Lots of love!

Andrea

Inspired Project #8: Adjustable Bottle Sleeve Wrap

Adjustable Reversible Water Bottle Wrap

Welcome to Sewspire Project #8!

Yesterday, I was cleaning the kitchen and came across 3 half-full water bottles that no one wanted to claim. I really do hate to be wasteful; but, I am also a bit of a germ a phobe…so, I felt I had no choice but to dump the water down the drain. Then to make up for it, I put my crafty mom hat on and brainstormed a clever and pretty way in which I could easily identify which water belonged to whom.

And that is the story of how todays ‘s Inspired Project came to be.  As an added bonus this particular style and size of sleeve will also fit a standard 16 oz mason jar.

For this project you will need:

two cuts of fabric which measure 13″ x 4″

one cut of batting that measures 13″ x 4″

two 2″ strips of hook and loop tape

Thank you for sewing with me today! I hope you enjoyed this project and will share it with your friends and family. Please let me know if you have any special requests for next week.

Lots of love,

Andrea

Inspired Project #7: Personalized Pillowcase

I used an embroidery machine to create my monogram. You might also consider purchasing iron on monograms.
I used an embroidery machine to create my monogram. You might also consider purchasing iron-on letters at your local craft store or using transfer paper and a printer to create a custom iron on monogram.

Welcome to Sewspire Inspired Project #7! I am so happy you are here and am thrilled to be able to share another fun and easy to sew project with you for FREE thanks to an artisan funded Watermelon Wishes sponsorship. Yippee!

Last week, we hosted a slumber party for my daughters 14th birthday and I made 12 of these personalized pillowcases for her girlfriends. Our guests were overjoyed with their gifts and I was deeply touched by their kind words and sincere appreciation. The experience reminded me just how special handmade gifts truly are.

As I was working on this tutorial, it occurred to me that it would be really nice to make up a stack of these in fun colors and prints to deliver to the pediatric unit at our local hospital. You might also consider making one for an expectant mother to take to the hospital with her when she goes into labor. Or, as a gift to a friend having surgery or any other event that would require an extended rest period. Oh, I just thought of one more idea…how about a bride and groom set for newlyweds. I am sure you have some great ideas too! Please share your thoughts in the comment field below. I love hearing from you!

For this project you will need approximately 1 yard of fabric cut into the following dimensions:

One 20″ x 23″ piece for the primary front print.

One 20″ x 2.5″ piece for the slim front accent print.

One 20″ x 12″ piece for the wider front accent print.

One 20″ x 35″ piece of flannel or other snuggly fabric for the backing.

I used an embroidery machine to customize my pillowcase; but, you could easily create an iron on monogram with some transfer paper and a printer or purchase iron on letters at your local craft store. Cross-stitch is also another great alternative!

I also used a zigzag stitch to finish my interior seams and prevent fray during washing; but, you could use a serger if you have one.

If you enjoy this project please share the page link  and blog with your friends and family.  I am on a personal mission to teach 10,000 women how to sew and I really do need your help spreading the word.

Have a beautiful week and I will be back next Friday with another easy to sew project!

Lots of love,

Andrea

Inspired Project #5: Drawstring Petal Pouch

Drawstring Flower Pouch

Today I have a fun and pretty sewing project that would make a lovely gift—although, I want to keep mine because I am going to use it as a jewelry holder. Another great idea: make a dozen or so and use them as party favors at a bridal or baby shower!

How will you be using yours? (Please share in the comments below!)

For this project you will need two 12″ squares of cotton fabric and some ribbon or elastic cording + 2 small beads (optional).

This is a photo tutorial. Simply click on the first image below to begin and then click on the enlarged image when you are ready to move to the next slide. The written instructions are in the caption field; but, I bet you can sew this just from the photos. Let me know what you think and be sure to share your project photos on Instagram with the #sewspire tag.

Inspired Project #4: Mini Zippered Pouch

Welcome back everyone! Can you believe 4 weeks have already passed since the launch of this blog? That means I only have 48 more weeks to meet my goal! Luckily I am right on track and that is because you all are so awesome and have been sharing every project. Thank you for the love and support. I especially enjoy reading your emails and comments, so please keep the kind words a coming.

Step #11: Flip your circle pouch right side out.

Today I am going to teach you how to sew a Mini Zippered Pouch. You’ll notice this Inspired Project is in a new format which I am calling a photo tutorial. To view the tutorial, simply click on the first image in the gallery below and then click on each image thereafter when you are ready to move on to the next step.

For this project you are going to need:

(4) 4″ circles of cotton fabric

(1) 1″ x 5″ strip of cotton fabric

(1) 6″ zipper

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you did, please click on the sharing links below and spread the creative joy. Also, if you would let me know in the comments below what type of tutorial format works best for you (video or photo) I would really appreciate it!

Until next week, remember to subscribe to stay inspired!

xoxo,

Andrea

Inspired Project #3: Cord Keepers

Happy Friday! For this week’s Inspired Project I would like to show you how to sew a set of cord keepers which you can use to organize charger cords and ear buds / head phones. This sewing project is fun, easy and economical as it only uses tiny bits of fabric, a smidgen of batting and a wee bit of hook and loop tape. If you enjoy this project please comment below and let me know! I would also be so grateful if you would share this blog with a friend who is interested in learning to sew. Thank you for tuning in and for supporting me on this personal mission to teach and inspire 10,000 women to learn to sew. I hope you have a beautiful weekend and I will see you next Wednesday with another edition of Inspired Thoughts and then again on Friday when I share a weekly sewing project with you.

Inspired Project #2: Candy Catcher

Hello everyone and welcome to Sewspire! I’ve got a fun and festive Halloween themed project to share with you today that reinforces Sewing Skill #2: Cutting Corners. For this easy to sew Halloween Candy Catcher you will need a small collection of orange, black and yellow fabric and a smidgen of quilt batting.

The following video includes step by step instructions. If you enjoy this project please share the video link with your friends and be sure to subscribe to this blog to have next Friday’s inspired sewing project delivered directly  to your inbox.