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Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Big Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial. This bag makes a great beach bag or all around large tote. It would even be great for an overnight when a suitcase is simply too clunky. You get to decide how many pockets the interior should have, so go for it!


Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Materials:
•sewing machine
•cutting mat
•ruler
•scissors
•rotary cutter (optional)
•straight pins
•small hair binder (sold at Walgreens, WalMart, Target, etc)
•1 button, at least 1 inch in diameter
•1 magnetic snap (sold in fabric stores or online)
•fabric (1.5 yards each of 2 coordinating prints/solids, 1 for outside and 1 for lining, outside fabric can be upholstery or canvas, 1/4 yd fabric for int. pockets)
•2.5 yards fusible interfacing (I used Pellon Craft-Fuse 808)
•1.5 yards, 1” wide handle strapping or webbing (usually sold by the yard at fabric stores)
•1 inch biased tape maker (or premade biased tape)
•disappearing ink pen (found in notions section of fabric store)
•iron and ironing board

Part I Prepare Fabric + Interfacing

1) Cut 2 pieces of OUTSIDE fabric 20”X23” cut 3” notches out of both bottom corners

2) Cut 2 pieces of LINING fabric 20”X23” cut 3” notches out of both bottom corners

3) Cut 2 pieces of POCKET fabric 20”X20” cut 3” notches out of both bottom corners

4) Cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing 20”X23” and 1 piece 20”X20” Per manufacturer’s instructions,
adhere the interfacing to all pieces of outside fabric.

Part II Add Snap to Pocket Lining

1) Make a mark at 10 inches on inside and outside of top of pocket lining piece.  

2)  Cut 2 pieces of interfacing 2 inches square. Gather the snap pieces.

3) Iron both pieces of interfacing to back of lining piece 1/2 inch below mark.

4) Line up one part of the snap below mark on front of lining below mark. Press to make an impression. 

5) Mark the impression with disappearing ink pen.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

6) Using a seem ripper, carefully puncture 2 holes through the fabric and interfacing at marks. 

7) Push 1/2 of magnetic snap through the fabric and interfacing.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

8) Flip fabric over and put one reinforcement disc on back of snap.

9) Using a pliers fold down prongs on both sides until they are ush with fabric.

Part III Prepare Outside Pocket

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

1) Put interfaced pocket front on top of pocket lining wrong sides together.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

2) Stay stitch around entire outside edge 1/8 inch from edge.

3) Prepare 45 inches of biased tape from lining fabric or use premade biased tape. Attach 21 in.
of biased tape to top edge of pocket. If you are unfamiliar with making and using biased tape, there are several online tutorials.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

3) Finished biased tape and snap will look like this.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

4) Place pocket piece on top of one of the front pieces. 

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

5) Pin in place and stay stitch down sides and bottom.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

5) Following the same steps in Part II, line up and attach the other 1/2 of the magnetic snap to bag front.

6) Mark with dots again.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

7) Back will look like this once you have snap on.

8) Finished snap will look like this. Pretty!

Part IV Putting Outside Together

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

1) Place both outside pieces together, right sides facing.

2) Pin around edges of outside pieces.

3) Sew together on dotted lines as shown. DO NOT sew corners yet.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

4) Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

5)--Pinch sides at corner to pull fabric apart, match up seems.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

6) Pin.
7) Sew from one corner to the other.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

8) The bottom of your bag will look like this so far.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

9) Turn bag right side out.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

10) Using a ruler at the top of bag, mark the middle with disappearing ink pen on front of bag. Pin binder to this mark. Make a mark 3 inches to the left and right of the center mark and  pin your handles on. Stay stitch around entire top to secure binders & handles.

Part V Lining + Interior Pockets

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

1) Decide how many and what kind of pockets you would like on the interior.
Phone pocket measures 4wX4.5h inches. Ball/Water bottle pocket measures 7wX10h inches. Cut fabric and interfacing, iron on interfacing, sew biased tape on top of pockets.
Surge sides and bottom of pockets OR cut the pockets 4.5wX5h and 7.5wX10.5h and press sides and bottom under 1/4 inch.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

2) Make a mark on top of lining at 10 inches. Line up pocket 2 inches from top and 3 inches left of 10 inch mark.

3) All pockets should be 2 inches from top of lining.

4) Finished phone pocket looks like this.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

5) For the water bottle pocket, make a mark bottom at 2.5, 3.5  and 4.5 inches.

6) Pinch fabric at the 2.5 and 4.5 marks and pin.

7) After pinching, the bottom of the pocket should now measure 5 in.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

8) Pin pocket to lining 3 in from left side. Make sure both sides are straight. The top of the pocket will stick out from lining fabric.

9) Again, make sure pockets line up 2 in from top of lining.

10) Sew on water bottle pocket  to look like this.

Part V  Lining + Interior Pockets (cont.)

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

11) If you would like a ball pocket on the other 1/2 of the lining repeat steps 8, 9, & 10. Pin pocket
on left again so pockets are opposite each other in final bag.

12) Place lining pieces right sides together. 

13) Pin and sew. Leave an unsewn 6 in. gap in bottom of lining to turn bag. Follow corner instructions
5, 6, & 7 in Part IV. DO NOT turn lining right side out.

Part IV Putting It All Together

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

1) Stuff entire outside of bag into bag lining. Make sure the handles are also inside of the lining.

2) Line up side seams.

3) Pin around entire top, then stitch around the top with a 1/4 seam allowance.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

4) Pull outside of bag through  opening in bottom of lining.

5) To look like this.

6) Pin and stitch opening in lining.

Part IV Putting It All Together (cont.)

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

7) The top of your bag will now look like this.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

8) Press and pin.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

9) Stitch around entire top of bag 1/8 inch from top to look like this.

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

10) Sew button in place on back of bag and you are done. Enjoy!

Big Bag Tote Sewing Tutorial

Finished Bag!

source: greenbaglady.blogspot.com

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