Monday, January 19, 2015

Birthday Tote Bag

Birthday Tote Bag.
2014 was a year of many finishes but blogging wasn't one of them.  Through out 2015 I'll add in some to my 2014 finishes.  This is from October 2014.

I picked up some pretty peach fabric to make a tote bag for my sister's birthday.

I made some four patch squares then added triangles to create the front pocket panel.

Here it is trimmed down.
Next I cut one stripe of each fabric and sewed them together then cut them into squares and placed the squares to form this chevron pattern. 
I cut the piece in half using for the front and the back as shown.  I placed the pieces onto Pellon 809 Decor-Bond heavy duty iron-on stabilizer.
 Next the straps were added. (Note of self - Straps should be a bit longer next time!)

 I used canvas for the bottom to help it stay looking clean and make it more durable.
 There's a clasp to keep it closed.
 The inside features a set of pockets plus hook for keys.
 What have you been up to?


Terri Ann said...

What a lovely bag! I like the combination of the chevrons and the squares on point. The clasp idea there is super clever. I hate it when tall bags don't close but I don't always want it as closed as a magnetic snap would do and too lazy to do a zipper panel. Thanks for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

That look amazing! Great job.

Marie Joerger said...

Thanks Terri and Needled Mom!

I got a question on the measurements of the bag. Finished it measures 17 1/2 across, 13 1/2 high with a 3" bottom. I used 2 1/2 yards for the straps, cut in half BUT would recommend 3 yards as that makes a better shoulder length strap! Made another one a bit different for my Mom for Christmas - longer strap was perfect! Blog to follow!

Patch the Giraffe said...

Love the bag! Such a great color, just so you know, my birthday is in June :)

Lois Kindley, Creative Gypsy said...

Great job, blog Rie, BLOG!!! ;D

momiji said...

That is one mighty nice tote! It looks extremely sturdy as well--your sister should get many years of happy use from it.