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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

P.S. I am sharing a BIG announcement in this week’s studio vlog:

How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire

Parts 1 and 2: How to sew my new P.S. I Love You Tote Bag

How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire
How to sew the P.S. I Love You Tote Bag by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

This is the first video in a series of two videos that will cover how to make my latest bag design which I have affectionately named the “P.S. I Love You Tote” as the accent panel is a large Pineapple Square and it just so happens I really do love this bag!

In part two, we craft the exterior, quilt the exterior, craft the interior and finish the bag off with two rigid skinny straps.

For the exterior you will need to cut one more panel that is the same size as your finished pineapple square and 3 side panels that are 6″ wide and the same height as your finished pineapple square. Line all 5 exterior pieces with quilt batting in the same dimensions.

For the interior you will need to cut 3 side panels that are the same height as your finished pineapple square and 6″ wide and two body panels that are the same measurement of your finished pineapple square.

For your reference, my finished square measured 14″ x 14″ and my side panels measured 14″ x 6″.

The straps measure 3″ wide by 26″ long and are lined with a 3″ strip of Pellon non fusible interfacing to add rigidity.

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

Blissfully yours,
Andrea

P.S. I am not a self proclaimed quilter; but, rather an enthusiast who is learning right alongside of you. So…please don’t be too judgmental if my corners are a wee bit crooked or I don’t follow some rule I am unaware of. The finished bag is still a showstopper!

P.S.S. Also, a big congratulations to Brandi Kunkle the winner of our Collaborative Beach Bag! If you’d like to enter to win our finished P.S. I Love You Tote Bag you can do that by clicking on the Happy Mail tab in the top navigation. I have posted photos of the bag you are entering to win below.

How to sew a pineapple square tote bag
How to sew a pineapple square tote bag
How to sew a pineapple square tote bag
How to sew a pineapple square tote bag
How to sew a pineapple square tote bag
How to sew a pineapple square tote bag
Free PS I Love You Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewspire.com
Free PS I Love You Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewspire.com

 

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How to sew a patchwork tote bag

How to sew a patchwork tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous patchwork tote. I love making the patchwork bags because each one is a unique piece of art. This particular tote is sized perfectly to hold file folders and would make a great pattern file or work in progress tote. You could easily repurpose it into a purse or lunch tote as well.

For this project you will need to cut out the following pieces of cotton quilt weight fabric:

(4) 10″ x 4″

(10) 10″ x 2″

(4) 10″ x 3″

(1) 6″ x 4″

(2) 6″ x 3″

(3) 6″ x 2″

(2) 12″ x 3″

(3) 12″ x 2″

(1) 12″ x 4″

(2) 6″ x 16″

Plus the interior panels which will be cut to the exact measurements of your finished exterior patchwork panels. I did not include those measurements because your panels may very well be a different measurement than mine depending upon your seam allowances. I used a 3/8″ seam allowance. You will also need to cut like size pieces of heavy weight Pellon fusible fleece/flannel for the exterior body panels and two 3″ x 16″ pieces of Pellon for the handles.

The pattern layout for the front, rear, base and side panels is: 2″, 4″, 3″, 2″, 3″, 2″.

The finished bag measures approximately 11″ across the base, 8″ tall and 5″ deep.

I hope you enjoy the video! If you’d like to enter to win this tote, you can do that here. I will be back in two weeks with another inspired sewing project…until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. Congratulations to Amy McNeil the winner of last week’s divided caddy!

How to Sew A Retro Zippered Tote Bag by Sewspire

How to sew a retro zippered tote bag with removable purse organizer

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous retro zippered tote bag with removable organizer. For this project you will need to precut the following fabric pieces:

Tote Bag:

Top Panel, cut two 18″ x 9″ rectangles

Base Panel, cut two 18″ x 10″ rectangles

Interior, cut two 18″ x 18″ squares

Handles, cut two 30″ x 6″ strips

Zipper Casing, cut two 20″ x 6″ strips

Fusible Fleece, cut two 18″ x 18″ squares and two 3″ x 30″ strips

Plus, one 18″ heavy duty separating zipper to match

Removable Organizer:

Body, cut one 18″ x 30″ rectangle

Pocket Panel, cut one 16″ x 30″ rectangle

Heavyweight Pellon Sew In Interfacing / Stabilizer, cut one 16.5″ x 28″ rectangle

I hope you enjoyed this project and will share pictures of your finished retro totes with our creative community. You can post your photos directly to the Sewspire Facebook page using @sewspire or tag #sewspire on Instagram.

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

XO,

Andrea

P.S. For your reference, the finished tote should measure approximately 11″ across the base, 6″ deep and 13″ tall.

 

How to sew a monogrammed tote bag

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

How to sew a drawstring tote bag that is perfect for summer living

Welcome back to Sewspire! 

Today, we are sewing a beautiful drawstring tote bag that is perfect for summer living. For this project you will need approximately 2 yards of material. I prefer to use home dec fabrics or heavier linen blends for this particular style of bag. I hope you enjoy the project and will take a moment to review the video and comment below. I will be back next week with another surprise sewing project. Feel free to make a project request if there is something special you have in mind.

Until then, happy sewing my Sewspire circle friends!
XO Andrea

Pattern piece round up:

Cut six 17″ x 17″ pieces of fabric (2 for the exterior, 2 for the interior and 2 for the pockets)
Cut two 3″ x 64″ pieces of fabric for the drawstrings
Cut one 6″ x 16″ piece of fabric for the shoulder strap
Cut one 3″ x 16″ piece of batting for the shoulder strap
Cut two 4″ x 17″ pieces of fabric for the drawstring gussets

How to Sew My City Slicker Tote by Andrea @Sewspire

City Slicker Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial

Session III: The finishing touches

Session II: How to sew the interior

Session I: How to sew the exterior 

Welcome to Sewspire! Today we will be designing and creating a fabulous tote bag that, as the name implies, is perfect for traversing the big city! I spent the better part of our 2016 Spring Break touring Washington, DC and decided what I really needed was a lightweight, yet durable, tote bag that could hold our essentials and was comfortable and versatile to wear.

City Slicker Tote by Sewspire

 

In this first session video we will be assembling the exterior of the bag which encompasses a laminated base and 4 laminated pockets as well as two side pockets which are crafted from the same medium weight navy twill as the body. If you have ever sewn with laminated cotton fabric, then you know that it can oftentimes mount resistance as it makes contact with the metal sewing machine foot. There are specialty feet designed to make working with this type of material virtually stress free and there are methods, which require no special accessories, to circumvent the resistance which I have demonstrated in the video tutorial.

In the second session video we will be designing and assembling the interior compartment which features 7 interior pockets and a padded divider to protect your camera and electronics while traveling.

City Slicker Tote in Progress

In the third and final session we will be incorporating the zippered top closure and assembling the bag straps. You can find lots of brightly colored zippers, here on Etsy, from my favorite zipper source.  In the pictures below, you can see that I further embellished my bag by hand stitching a little charm to the front of each exterior pocket. I also fashioned a key fob from the scraps I had leftover by creating a 10″ strap from the twill (just like the short handles are made) and then stitching a strip of laminate on top and attaching some fob hardware to the end. You may also notice that in the video I stitched the bag with white thread, which is great for visibility in the tutorial; but, a wee bit too stark for my taste…so, I remedied that by coloring over the white thread with a black fabric marker, to create a darker grey thread which coordinates very nicely with the navy twill.

Handmade Charm

City Slicker Tote

 

City Slicker Tote

I’d love for us to begin a discussion here about the process and invite you to share your tips, tricks and ideas below this post in the comment field. You will need to create and or log into your Sewspire account in order to comment as to prevent lots of spam from clouding our discussion. If that is too cumbersome, feel free to comment over on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you for checking in and I shall be looking forward to seeing your beautiful City Slicker Totes soon!

XO,

Andrea

My City Slicker Tote

Suggested materials for this project:

1 yard Medium Weight Twill

1/2 yard Laminated Cotton Fabric

1 yard Quilt Weight Cotton Fabric

12″ Purse Zipper

Swivel Key Fob

Nu-Foam 1″ Padding


Pattern Measurements (Exterior Session 1)

laminate base 12″ x 6″ (1)

twill base 12″ x 6 (1)

twill body 12″ x 15″ (2)

twill sides 6″ x 15″ (2)

twill side pockets 6″ x 18″ (2)

twill front pocket trim 12″ x 3″ (2)

laminate front and rear pocket 12″ x 7.5″ (2)

Pattern Measurements (Interior Session 2)

body 12″ x 15″ (2)

sides 6″ x 15″ (2)

base 12″ x 6″ (1)

pocket 12″ x 18″ (2)

side pocket 8″ x 18″

side pocket 6″ x 18″

padded insert 22″ x 6″

Pattern Measurements (Final Assembly Session 3)

zipper panels 15″ x 6″ (2)

short straps 5″ x 12″ (2)

38″ of 1″ webbing (1)

6″ of 1″ webbing (2)