Mixing Cotton Prints and Creating Custom Tote Bags

I think I may be on to something fun, sewing. I love all the cotton print fabrics and while I have not sewn for years it brings back memories of my youth. Weekends sitting behind the sewing machine making something new to wear to school. I definitely feel like a newby as I re-learn how to use the sewing machine. All those intricacies of threading, bobbin winding and tension.  This tote bag  or project bag is my latest cut and sew obsession. I am calling it my two project-project bag. It is the perfect size for two small knitting projects.  This bag and the first shopping bag (images below) were both from the lexie barnes Sew What! BAGS book. Previously I had looked through the pattern books and was floored at the cost for Vogue Patterns ($25). “Sew”, I bought the book instead (on sale) for much less, includes 18 pattern free project ideas.  Lexie Barnes has very simple basic patterns that are easy to customized and has  suggestions throughout the book on how to make changes. OBTW – some of her bags on the website sell out as soon as she has them in inventory. Even a better reason to make your own!

The tote in the book was not lined.  I lined it and added the large inside pocket. It is also a few inches smaller than suggested.  With all the changes, I have found making an actual paper pattern really helps instead of trying to measure and cut the fabric without one. The tote sides and bottom are also reinforced with an iron on interfacing, not included in the book adding another dimension to the process.  When the pattern has numerous pieces it helps to have the marked paper pattern pieces. Since I strayed from the books version I should have created an “Order of Sew”. It may have saved me some grief along the way.

All said and done I love how it turned out and can’t wait to start something new with my cotton print fabric stash! oh my!

Cut and Sew Tote Bag | Lexie Barnes

Cut and Sew Tote Bag | Lexie Barnes

Cut and Sew Tote Bag | Lexie Barnes

Lined Inside with Pocket

Shopping Bag

Shopping Bag

Shopping Bag Lining with Pocket

Reversible Shopping Bag Lining with Pocket

, ,

One Response to Mixing Cotton Prints and Creating Custom Tote Bags

  1. mary knapp September 5, 2012 at 5:32 AM #

    The bags turned out great.

Leave a Reply