“Flower Tote” – when you shop for fabric…

By Youanna

…When you are addicted to fabric (like moi)…you need a fancy tote to carry your fabric purchases┬áback 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:

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The design I choose to make

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Making the petals from batik cotton, and glued web, so they would be glued to my tote, using a hot iron.

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Pre-testing the flower design on the front side of tote.

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Interfacing the handles and folding them to the right size.

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Sewing the handles.

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One handle is done. On with the next…

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Front side of outer shell – handle is short on one side, as the flower will be placed there.

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Wonder Tape – I used this tape instead of basting my handles to the tote, just so I avoid leaving needle marks on my handles.

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Petals were glued in place, and topstitched with decorative thread.

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Topstitching the petals one by one

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Attaching a little zipper on the inside pocket: for keys, phone, cash, any little items.

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Peek-a-boo! Inside the tote, so you can see the 3 pockets.

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Tote was too wide for my taste, so I “improved” the project with some snap closures.

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Snap closures close up – one outside tote, and two inside.

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Finished tote.

Happy crafting,

Youanna

1 Comment on “Flower Tote” – when you shop for fabric…

  1. Mona
    December 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm (10 months ago)

    Vreau si eu una :), dar ca model vreau pe Meenie Mouse…daca se poate :).(glumesc) Pupici

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