Super Simple Summer Tote Tutorial!07:00
In theory, late August is perfect for picnics and eating al fresco! Of course, you can't guarantee that it'll be dry, let alone warm in the UK, but it's nice to dream!
I've got a super simple summer tote tutorial for you today, just in case it is nice and you want to take your lunch outside!
|Guess the age of my lunch companion...|
I've used faux leather and quilting cotton. I used Lamifix to laminate some of the cotton for the base. I've used headliner as a stabiliser on the outer pieces, and F220 (medium weight interfacing) on the lining pieces and handles.
Here's what you'll need to cut if you'd like to make your own!
Cut 2 of each
Outer Top - 14"W x 10 5/8"H
Outer Bottom - 14"W x 5 3/8"H
Or if you don't want a contrast base, then one piece 14"W x 15 1/4"H
Lining - 14"W x 16"H
Handles - 4"W x 15"H
Optional - Label background - Cut 1 of 2 3/8"W x 1 1/2"H
Let's start sewing!
First of all, clip, then sew the outer bottom to the outer top, using a 3/8" seam allowance. If you're using a directional print like me, the print on the wrong side will need to be upside down, so that when you've sewn it, it's right way up.
I also sewed either side of the join to make it a bit more of a feature.
"Handcrafted in Great Britain" label from Emmaline bags on, so I sewed the label backing onto the centre of the tote, just up from the seam. I didn't backstitch, but instead, left my threads long, pulled them to the back and tied them off for a neat finish.
Fold each handle in half lengthwise and press to create a centre crease. Open them up again and fold each long raw edge into the centre to meet that centre crease and press into place.
Can't wait to see what you make!
The lovely fabric was sent to me by my friend Alicia from Swoon Patterns. I laminated the bottom portion, with not great success...maybe we need a laminate comparison post...?