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« on: March 28, 2005 05:48:10 PM »


I tried to be as clear as I could, but if you have any questions, just ask! Also, if you need a photo of any of these steps, Id be happy to take one. Smiley

For these tote bags, youll need:
.5 yard outer fabric
.5 yard lining fabric
1 yard medium heavy to strong interfacing, depending on your preferences
4 extra-large eyelets
Extra-large eyelet kit, if youve never used extra-large eyelets before
1.5 yards grosgrain ribbon
1 magnetic snap

1. Cut out your materials. For the pattern, use a 15"x12" rectangle with 3" squares cut out of two of the corners.  I cut 36"x4" straps.  You'll need 2 outside pieces, 2 inside pieces, and 2 strap pieces.

For the outer material, I usually like to use some sort of cotton calico, and interface it with very strong fusible interfacing. For the interior, I use satin or some other kind of polyester blend. These are just suggestions, though; you can use any fabric you want!

2. The main bag portion is assembled according to Jordy's tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 First, assemble the lining and the bag portion SEPARATELY. Sew the straps, too. Press all seams. This is what youll have:

3. Now its time to sew the ribbon. How much ribbon you use depends on how long you want the tails of the bow to be, but you need at least 1.5 yards. I use grosgrain in varying widths, but I definitely wouldnt go smaller than 7/8. Its too hard to sew on otherwise!

Pin the ribbon to the outer bag. Start by marking the middle point of the bag. I generally just eyeball how far up to put the ribbon, but you can measure it if you want. Then, start pinning, leaving a tail of ribbon in front. Pin all the way around. When you get back to where you started, pin the ribbon down about 1 inch away from the other ribbon tail and snip the tails so that theyre the same length. Heres what it will look like:

4. Sew all the way around, close to the top of the ribbon. Then, take all of the pins out and, if necessary, re-pin the ribbon. You will need to sew the bottom of the ribbon down, too, and this is sometimes hard if the head of your pins are getting in the way of the sewing needle.

It might be tempting to not re-pin the ribbon, but it turns out neater this way, I promise. If you dont re-pin it, the grosgrain tends to twist on a bias, especially with thinner ribbon.

Now, sew all the way around again, close to the bottom of the ribbon.

Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the tails to your liking.

5. Attach the magnetic snap to the lining. I measure and mark the middle of the lining, about 1 inches down from the top. If you use a thin lining, you might want to interface a small square behind the snap to make it sturdier. Also, see the magnetic snap tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33694.0

6. Now, sew the lining to the bag according to the Jordy tutorial, but keep the straps separate!!! Pull the bag out through the hole you left in the lining and topstitch the hole in the lining with matching thread.

7. Press the top seam open and put the lining into the bag. Stitch around the top of the bag (like in the Jordy tutorial) for a neater edge.

8. Take a deep breath, because now youre going to have to cut holes in your pretty new bag. This is nerve-wracking the first time you do it, but its pretty much impossible to screw up, so dont worry!

Measure 2.5 from the side seam and 1.5 from the top of the bag, and mark it with a pencil. Do this twice on each side.

Then, cut holes where youve marked the dots. I use tiny sewing scissors to do this, since they poke through the thick material very well. The holes should be big enough to fit the eyelets, but not TOO big. Its better to err on the small side if youre not sure; the holes can always be cut bigger.  Also, dont worry if the edges of the holes are kind of jaggedyoull never see this in the final product.

9. Eyelet time! If youve never installed extra-large eyelets before, youll need to buy the Extra Large Eyelet Kit. The kit contains tools that are essential to the process.

I use Dritz brand eyelets because they are so widely available. Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, and everywhere else I look all seem to have them. They come in a light yellow package!

Install the eyelets according to the back of the package. Basically, what youre doing is making a big sandwich. Put the round, washer-like tool down first. Then, put the smooth half of the eyelet down on the toolit will seem to fit in. Then, push the fabric down on the protruding part of the eyelet, with the right side of the fabric down. Finally, place the teeth half of the eyelet teeth down on the lining, and position the tool on top of it. Hammer the top of the tool solidly, several times, and presto! You have installed the eyelet! Do this 3 more times for the other holes youve cut.  

10. Youre almost done! Thread the straps through the eyelet holes, and tie knots in the ends. Voila! You have a super-cute tote bag!

I've been lurking around Craftster forever, but just joined...heh! Anyway, I went on a mini tote-making frenzy. what do you guys think?  Undecided  








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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2005 05:56:12 PM »

Those totes are all extremely adorable!!  Cheesy

I too have been on a purse and tote bag making frenzy for about 3 weeks and I can't stop sewing.  This site is so full of ideas it's crazy!

I would totally pay at least $20 minimum for one of those bags.  I think you could sell them for even $30 if you wanted to.

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2005 05:59:22 PM »

what you did with the handles is SO CREATIVE / AMAZING! i love it!  i would pay around $25 for each!

i ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOOOVE them! your fabric choices are magnificent! and i LOOOVE the silky looking fabric as the liner. great job!!!

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2005 06:00:02 PM »

These are so cute! keep up the great work! i would so buy one of these
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2005 06:00:57 PM »

OOps... I totally got carried away & forgot to critique for you.  LOL!  They look REALLY well made!  And I love the colors ...and how the handles are tied!  My favorites are the top & bottom bags...  I think they would match lots with spring coming up.  Rainbows for summer... and polka dots for a few outfits.  I totally love the top & bottom though.  Kudos!

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2005 06:02:36 PM »


if they're about the size i think they are, i'd pay around 20-25 bucks for one. not more then thirty though.

i love the blue polkadot one with the red lining. so spring!
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2005 06:40:59 PM »

Those look amazing!!  And the way you attached the handles...great idea!!!  I agree, $20-$25 each, easily.  They would make great diaper bags too if you put more pockets inside.  Smiley

« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2005 09:43:11 PM »

Those would definitely definitely sell. They are cute, clever and very well done. I really like the rainbow one, i like how you did the handles. You just need to find a market or place to sell. very nice work. Good job!
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2005 09:56:26 PM »

All of 'em are great! The polka dot one with the red bow has my heart...I would buy it if I wasn't so broke right now. I'm sure you could sell them all with the right marketing.

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2005 10:37:12 PM »

I agree that you could totally sell you handbags. I've sold my crocheted scarves for $50 before and $15-20 for friends. I got $50 for them at a high end festival. I think it depends on who you're selling them to, honestly.

Anyway, I can't machine sew worth a lick but I think those are awesome! Will you be posting a tute?
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