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10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials. Totes make great handmade gifts.

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials

Here is a Tuesday Ten that shows a round-up of lovely totes. If you love to sew you might also like these free sewing tutorials right here on Skip to my Lou! Every tote needs a matching pouch. Pleated Zippered Pouch Lined Zippered Pouch 1. 2. 3. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: renske’s minimalist tote bag. A talented seamstress with a mission, Renske Solkesz decided to create her own wardrobe after finding herself frustrated with high fashion prices.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: renske’s minimalist tote bag

When we saw her chic and modern wardrobe creations, we asked if she’d be willing to create and share a fun accessory tutorial with us. I’m super excited about what she’s come up with: an amazing self-closing utilitarian tote! I’m a huge fan of the graphic contrast and the leather and rivet details. Like her fashion designs, this tote is made from inexpensive materials, yet looks totally luxe. I’m halfway out the door to the fabric store already! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! When I designed this bag, I wanted to integrate the grip/straps in a more functional way with the rest of the bag. A friend of mine called it a “yin yang bag,” which is pretty accurate, I think. Materials Tools Hammer Sewing machine ScissorsPinsChalkMeasuring tapeIronPattern template Instructions 1. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: zippered case.

It’s back-to-school time, and it’s hard not to have school supplies on the brain even if school days are nowhere in sight for some of us!

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: zippered case

Inspired by the good old-fashioned pencil case, I thought it would be fun to sew a lined, zippered pouch that you can use for pencils, makeup, electronics or anything else you need to organize and tuck away. The great thing about this bag is that once you understand the basic construction, you can easily make it any size you like. Try a short, long version with a wide base for knitting needles, or a flat bag for electronic cords. You can use oilcloth for the lining to create a waterproof makeup bag, or try stitching a label to the outside to indicate what’s hiding inside. Let’s get started! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials Instructions 1. Decide how large you want your bag to be and cut two pieces of your exterior fabric and two pieces of lining fabric to this size, plus 1″ in length and width for seam allowance. 2. 3. Make It and Love It: Re-Purposing: Sweater into Sling Purse. .Have you noticed my newest sponsor Shoot In Style, found here?

All you photographers (beginners and expert) will absolutely adore the great selection and quality of these great camera straps. Each strap is stylish yet perfectly comfortable and have quick release buckles attached to each end……making strap switching a breeze. They really are the perfect splash of color while shooting your camera. .Looking for the Much Ado About You giveaway? Scroll down or click here. Fall is the time that I start looking through the piles of old sweaters. Do you have a big stash like I do? It’s time to give those old sweaters a new life. (Haha, whew, I didn’t realize how many there were until I started attaching the links.

But today, the old (too short) angora wool sweater becomes a sling purse.. And I think that this sweater is much happier out in the cool fall air, rather than in my stuffy dark closet. Don’t you agree? It really is a great cozy little companion for any sort of outing. Gathered Clutch Tutorial. Anna of Noodlehead is sharing the most beautiful gathered pouch tutorial.

Gathered Clutch Tutorial

What a perfect gift! Anna has plenty of gorgeous gift giving inspiration at her blog. Don’t miss her tutorials! If you love pouches you might also like these zippered pouch tutorials! Pleated Zippered Pouch Lined Zippered Pouch How To Make A Gathered Zippered Pouch Materials needed: 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you’ll definitely have scraps leftover)8″ zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the packagescraps of medium weight fusible interfacing Cutting the pieces: For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5″ tall by 9″ wide, and one 5.5″ tall by 13″ wide (this will be the gathered front) Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5″ tall by 9″ wide For the front band, cut one piece 4″ tall by 9″ wide.

Turn tube right side out and press with seam in the middle. Grab the 13″ wide main exterior piece.