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DIY tote bag — megan nielsen design diary

DIY tote bag — megan nielsen design diary
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notes from Terry Ann: Fat Sack Pretty AND practical. MATERIALS: You'll need 1 yd. of fabric and matching thread. I used August Fields by Amy Butler. It's a decorator weight fabric in a scrumptious color. Cut one 19" x 36" for the bag and two 4" x 36" for the handles. Cut one 12-1/2" x 19" for the bag bottom. Fold and press one edge of each handle under 1/4". Fold and press the other edge under 1-1/4". Fold it in half and press. Stitch close to the edges of the handles. Fold and press a crease to mark the center of 19" x 36" bag rectangle as shown. Press a double 1" hem on each end. Pin the handle in place as shown. Stitch the handles in place, stitching on top of the previous stitching along the edges of the handles and across the handle even with the hem stitching line. Press a crease to mark the center of the 12-1/2" x 19" bag bottom. Pin the bottom section on top of the bag, matching center creases. Place pins as shown, 4" on each side of the center crease at the bottom of the bag. Repeat with the other side of the bag.

Railroad Tote | Purl Soho I recently had a run of bad bag luck. I had a leather purse that I loved, but it was destroyed when a bottle of water opened up inside of it. Then the pretty tote bag I used as a replacement ripped, leaving me completely bagless, disheartened and uninspired. Then one day as I was sitting by my sewing machine, I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye of some Railroad Denim fabric and eureka! With its sturdy weight and classic stripe, I knew I could make a winning bag that I’d be excited to carry! A mere hour after my initial inspiration, I was tossing my wallet, lip gloss and keys into my beautiful new Railroad Tote, and my bag woes were a distant memory! So if you’ve been having some bad bag luck yourself, or if you just need something fresh for summer, this project is for you. Update: New Fabric November 27, 2015 We made a new version of this bag with Robert Kaufman’s Denim with Colored Motes. Materials For the Striped Version: For the Solid Version: Size Notes Pattern Cut

Tutorial: Totes Big and Small It seems like I’m always leaving the house with something…dinner for a friend, toys for my toddler, extra pair of shoes or who knows what. I usually grab a Bath and Body Works bag or a plastic mega-store bag but in the interest of looking less “mom-frump” (my term for how I often feel these days) I thought a nice set of tote bags would help me look a bit more pulled together. Here’s the first tutorial in the series on some different tote styles. Later I’ll do a second one on a version with a pocket and different handle straps. You can scale the size up or down for whatever purpose you have in mind. For this pattern you’ll need an outer fabric and a liner fabric. 1. Large size: Cut 20″ squares from both your outer and liner fabrics with the center fold of the fabric at the bottom of the square. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. And now your project is complete!

The Farmhouse Porch: No-sew 10 minute burlap bag tutorial You will need 4 ingredients for this recipe: Burlap Scissors Iron Fusing Web DISCLAIMER* I am not responsible for any damage this may cause to your home, nails, or material. I am NOT a professional, i'm a rusher. This tutorial is for fellow rushers who are not anal about measurements or propor form. I will likely offend several "sewers" and professional crafters with my lack of knowledge of the correct jargon. : ) First, cut out matching rectangles or burlap in your desired size. Next cut and lay fusing web (comes in rolls like ribbon and when hot, melts and "fuses" fabric together) along 3 of the edges. Next, lay the other "rectangle" of burlap over that, like a sandwitch where the burlap is the bread and the fusing web is the meat. Turn the bag inside out and roll down the top. I'm going to embellish these tomorrow. Here are some I've prepared for the shop. ♥Linsey Linking to...

Easy Lined Zipper Pouch Have no fear of the zipper! This lined zipper pouch tutorial will show you just how easy it is to create a zip-bag to store your goodies. When you don’t need to carry everything with you, replace your purse with a simple zipper clutch and store your keys, cards and cash! When you are done, you can use this same method to create a zipper pouch in various sizes based on your needs. Materials – 2 fat quarters (18”x22”) of cotton quilting fabric – 9″ zipper – Sewing machine with zipper foot – Optional: medium-weight fusible interfacing Want to print these instructions for later? Finished Size 9-1/2″ long x 6-1/2″ tall All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted. Cutting: From outer fabric, cut (2) rectangles 10″ x 7″ and (2) zipper tabs tabs 1-1/2” x 3”. From lining fabric, cut (2) rectangles 10″ x 7″. Assembly: Fold zipper tabs in half widthwise, to make a square shape. Position other folded zipper tab so fold just overlaps edge of zipper pull. Now, it’s time to attach the lining!

Types of bags | Bag Bible Athletic bag: a soft, roomy bag used to carry sporting equipment and apparel to the gym. Backpack: a bag that is supported by the shoulders with double handles and lies across the back. Backpacks are supported on either one or both shoulders. Baguette Bag: A purse that is relatively long from side to side and small from top to bottom – basically a little like a baguette with a handle. Bowling Bag: A bag originally made to hold a bowling ball, this has become a fashion item. Bucket bag: roomy bag shaped like a bucket, usually has an open top and shoulder strap. Clutch Bag: Small but long bag (rectangular), evening bag without a handle. Cosmetic case: bags of varying sizes and shapes with a zip closure lined to hold cosmetics. Doctor's bag: A traditional doctor's bag is a duffel-shaped leather satchel used primarily to carry small medical necessities when making house calls. Duffel Bag: A large bag usually used for travel or sports. Shoulder bag: any bag with a shoulder strap.

The Inspired Wren: TUTORIAL (& Giveaway!): The Three-Ten Tote CHRISTMAS! I love Christmas! And I have to work hard to keep myself in check and not over-extend myself baking and making all the gifts for all the people! (Surely, I'm not alone in this.) Let's start with the tutorial [originally published on Sew McCool in November 2014]. If you're like me and prefer to print out the tutorials you use, you can download the free three-page PDF file at Craftsy [you'll need an account, but that's also free with an email address]. Three coordinating quilting-weight cottons for the outer Shell, the inner Lining, and the Handles*Medium-weight iron-on stabilizerCoordinating thread *See Cutting for the amount of materials needed. The dimensions listed here will create a final Tote Bag 9 ½" wide x 12" tall x 2" deep. Shell: 13" x 22½", cut 1 fabric; cut 1 interfacing Lining: 13" x 30½", cut 1 fabric; cut 1 interfacing 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. a. b. *If you prefer to finish the two side seams with an alternate method, know there is a ½" seam-allowance on each side.

How to Sew Box Corners 3 Ways - When it comes to box corners, there is kind of blankness that overcomes me. I mean, how do you really sew a box corner? For some reason every time I use this, I have to re-learn or stop and think about it! After sewing up more than a few sewing projects, I have come to the conclusion that there are 3 basic Box Corners. Adding this little feature can give flat pillows, cushions and bags some dimension and depth. A box corner on a couch cushion is where the cushion get’s its thickness. A box corner on a pouch or bag determines how much ‘bottom’ you will have. 1- sew into seam For some reason I find this one the trickeyest…but when I look at the picture, it’s like duh. The steps here are to fold the bottom in on itself, which then catches it in the side seam…boxing the corner. 2- cut the corner The steps here require you to cut a little box totally out of the corner. 3- sew the corner For most of us, this is the typical technique for sewing a box corner.

Helen Rawlinson Lighting and Textile Design: Tea Towel Tote Tutorial I've finally had a moment to write this quick and easy tutorial for turning one of my tea towels into a happy go lucky tote bag - perfect for the summer! Of course you can use any tea towel, but the print needs to be either multi-directional or run horizontally across the tea towel, otherwise you'll be looking at it sideways. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to make: Fold the tea towel in half along its length and match the two widths right sides together. The seams may not be dead straight so match the pattern as best you can. Keep or cut off any labels if necessary. Press the seam open to fall down the centre back of the bag. Sew along the seam at one of the open ends to make the base of the bag, again mark with a ruler if uneven. To make the boxed bottom, make a triangle at one corner by matching up the bottom seam along the length of the side crease. Double stitch the seam for added strength. Top stitch on the outside. One last press and the jobs done. Happy sewing!

let's go fly a kite: Guest Post: Repurpose a Burlap Rice Bag into a Stylish Shopping Tote I have a special treat for you today. I have convinced my pal N to write a tutorial for her rice bag shopping tote. It is part Ikea-hack and upcycles a burlap rice bag. I have posted about N's project ideas before. So now for the shopping tote! Hi! KJ and I have survived two maternity leaves each together (our youngest are only 4 months apart), and are fortunate to occupy offices next to each other. I am not a fan of sewing clothes, and there are only so many cushion covers and aprons one can make. My mother was a gifted cook. Her rice of preference for the biriyani – No. 817 Elephant Brand Basmati Rice – is sold in a burlap rice sac (10lb bag). The bag on its own makes for a unique tote bag. First, I removed the zipper and the handles from the burlap bag. I then opened the side seams. The next step was to treat the burlap’s raw edges. I had the foresight to attach the handles first. Thanks again for stopping by and supporting The Kite. Thanks N. This project is linked to