…When you are addicted to fabric (like moi)…you need a fancy tote to carry your fabric purchases back home!
My serger machine was taken on the shop for some maintenance, so I only had my sewing machine available for use. I saw this as a great opportunity to make a shopping tote.
I used to think that if there’s no fitting involved (like fitting garments!) it should be a breeze! I changed my opinion half way on my project. Why? Well….you try getting a heavy interfaced purse/tote in the small space available in a home sewing machine – I found it to be a bit awkward!
It was not a very difficult project overall, but I did get stuck once or twice (I used directions from a crafts magazine), and I had to use my creativity to improvise some steps.
Here is the story in pictures:
The design I choose to make
Making the petals from batik cotton, and glued web, so they would be glued to my tote, using a hot iron.
Pre-testing the flower design on the front side of tote.
Interfacing the handles and folding them to the right size.
Sewing the handles.
One handle is done. On with the next…
Front side of outer shell – handle is short on one side, as the flower will be placed there.
Wonder Tape – I used this tape instead of basting my handles to the tote, just so I avoid leaving needle marks on my handles.
Petals were glued in place, and topstitched with decorative thread.
Topstitching the petals one by one
Attaching a little zipper on the inside pocket: for keys, phone, cash, any little items.
Peek-a-boo! Inside the tote, so you can see the 3 pockets.
Tote was too wide for my taste, so I “improved” the project with some snap closures.
Snap closures close up – one outside tote, and two inside.