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7861  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fold-up Tote Bag (Tutorial on Page 2) on: March 02, 2008 12:05:13 PM
Here's the tutorial! Please let me know if you have any problems or questions!

Fold-up Tote Bag- Tutorial

Please do not sell this pattern (but you may share it for free). However, please feel free to sell any bags that you make using this pattern.

Materials:
Sturdy fabric- 1 yard
- This would take just over 3/4 of a yard of 45” wide fabric, not including the pocket
- I used duck cloth, which was a little hard to sew through multiple layers at the bottom.
Closure of choice (button, snap, Velcro)
Bias tape (I used double fold, 1 package was enough)
Thread
Semi-rigid plastic (such as the cover of a plastic 3-ring binder)
Webbing for strap- 2 1/4 yards, cut into two equal pieces
-You can use less if you don’t want the strap material to go down the length of the bag.
Marking pen/pencil

Directions:

 

1. Cut the fabric into the following pieces:
a. Front/Back panels: 13” X 15 1/2” (cut two)
b. Bottom: 9” X 13” (cut two)
c. Sides: 9” X 15 1/2” (cut two)
d. Flaps: 4” X 5” (cut four) Note: You may wish to make the flaps a little smaller.

2. Cut the plastic into two 5 1/2” X 8” pieces.


3. If you plan to attach a pocket, now is the time to do it.
a. Cut pocket to desired size.
b. Hem top edge of pocket.
c. Position pocket, right side down, on the front panel. Position it so that the hemmed edge is pointing towards the bottom edge of the panel (I don’t have a picture of this, sorry!). After you stitch the bottom of the pocket in place, you will fold the pocket up, covering the seam.

4. Pin webbing in place on front and back panels.
a. If you added a pocket, pin the webbing so that it covers the side edges of the pocket.
 


5. Stitch in place, stopping about a 1/2” from the top edge (you will be folding the top edge down to hem it later), reinforcing near the top edge by stitching an X on each side.
a. If you added a pocket, the side edges of the pocket will be covered with the webbing.
b. Be sure to stitch close enough to the edge of the webbing in order to stitch the pocket edges closed.

6. If desired, round edges of the flap pieces. Take two pieces, wrong sides together, and attach the your closure of choice. Repeat for remaining two pieces.
 

7.  Stitch bias tape around 3 sides of each flap, leaving bottom open.
 

8. Take one side panel and the front panel. Wrong sides together, align the side edges. Pin the bias tape in place over the edges and stitch in place.
 

9. Repeat with remaining edges on the body of the bag.
 

10. Take the two bottom pieces and place them wrong sides together. Mark the center of the 15 1/2” edge. Pin in place and stitch along marked line.
 

11. Zig-zag around three sides of the bottom, leaving one long edge open. Slide one plastic piece into each pocket. Zig-zag remaining edge closed, being careful not to stitch through plastic piece.
  

12. Center flaps on the 9” edge of each side of the bottom, making sure to position the closure so that it will close properly when folded closed (the snapping parts are face up), and zig-zag the edges in place.
 

13. Pin the short edges of the bottom to the short bottom edges of the sides of the bag. Pin and stitch bias tape in place over short edges. Because of the amount of material at the corners, it’s a little tough to sew. Sew carefully to prevent breaking your needle!
 

14. Pin the long edges of the bottom to the long bottom edges of the sides of the bag. Pin and stitch bias tape in place over long edges. Because of the amount of material at the corners, it’s a little tough to sew. Sew carefully to prevent breaking your needle!
 

15. Zig-zag raw edge of the bag top. Fold edge down and topstitch in place.

16. Completed bag!


Available as a PDF below!


7862  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fold-up Tote Bag on: March 02, 2008 09:51:06 AM
Great bag! Is it modeled after the Sainsbury's bags? I love them!!

bookmarking and patiently awaiting the tute. Thanks!

QB

The bag that I modeled it after is from Hannaford's...but it'd probably the same bag with a different logo!

And, thanks for being so patient, everyone! As soon as I switch over the laundry, I will start working on the tutorial. So, I should have it posted in a couple of hours!
7863  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Gallery on: March 02, 2008 09:44:52 AM
If you liked The Princess Bride, be sure to read The Silent Gondaliers!  It's awesome!  I love the green and rose crocheted bag -- just lovely -- and the bird in flight -- lovely again~! 

The Silent Gondaliers will be added to my list...as soon as I look up who wrote it Wink Thanks for the suggestion!

ETA: And, since I just found out it's written by William Goldman, I have decided to buy it instead of borrowing from the library. Grin
7864  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 10 Gallery on: March 02, 2008 09:38:31 AM
Thanks, Tanzie! I had a lot of fun making the tin and the items to put inside. My original plan for the tin was to stamp and decoupage the outside. But, it turns out that I don't have the stamp I thought I had. So, I emptied a round tin out and the panda face was born. I kept picking it up and chuckling because I loved it so much Wink

 I had almost all of the items for the inside made, but I needed something else. Then, I randomly came across (while looking for some craft supplies) a card with pandas on it. It was perfect for the notepad. I had a hard time with the shrinky dinks. I couldn't get them to shrink right in the toaster oven. I ended up using my heat gun, which worked perfectly, and I was even able to salvage the first batch that I thought I had ruined (except for the one I broke).

I had so much fun with this! I even asked this guy I work with, who is constantly munching on Altoids, to save me all of his empty tins. I'm definitely making more themed tins to give as gifts. Too fun!

Thanks so much for organizing, kishcrafts and RiRa!
7865  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Gallery on: March 02, 2008 09:32:10 AM
addicted2knitting- Great package! I really like how Librarylass coordinated the colors for all of your stuff. Same thing with the package that you got from and sent to Stroudrose, vinnie451. I love color coordinated stuff (which is why I love my package so much- mom2blu color-coordinated it all!). The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies, and I was thoroughly delighted when I read the book. I've never heard of Cloud Atlas but I might give it a go.

I love the bags that you ladies received, and the bookcover is awesome! I love the fabrics that were used to line both of the bags, too. Such attention to detail! Nicely done to you all!
7866  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ MAR on: March 02, 2008 09:19:15 AM
I was wondering who would be the first ones done! I should have guessed Wink

pjherbert and Sorcha, both of them look great! pj- love the colors! And Sorcha, what brand/color of yarn is that? I usually don't like too many variegateds, but the blue and brown looks really nice!
7867  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 10 Gallery on: March 01, 2008 11:24:41 AM
My partner has had her tin for a few days, so I thought I'd post a pic of what I sent. I chose her theme "Pandas."



I painted the tin and then added plastic animal eyes and an animal nose. I lined the inside of the bottom with some flocked scrapbooking paper. I made her a set of panda stitch markers (8 in all, 2 of each pictured), carved a little panda stamp, stamped some tags, and made a little notebook.
7868  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB on: March 01, 2008 07:10:53 AM
The March square looks like an excellent complement to the January square! Nice choice Horse Power!
7869  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 10 Gallery on: March 01, 2008 06:10:35 AM
lucy ban pelt, that is such an adorable tin! I love that painting on the outside, and the lace is just the epitome of everything Victorian. The little kitty on the cushion is totally cute, too! Nice job ravenwcatz!
7870  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fold-up Tote Bag on: February 29, 2008 07:28:20 PM
Thanks folks! I did the embroidery with the help of my mom and her machine Wink

I'll try to work on the tutorial this weekend and maybe have something posted by Sunday night, if not sooner!
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