Sewing Series: Floral Garden Tote Bag
By: Dorinda Dombrowski
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Follow along with our first ever sewing series! Each week we will reveal a new part of the project tutorial in our Quick and Crafty newsletter. This sewing series project is the perfect spring item. Learn how to create a floral spring bag that is perfect for toting around your garden tools. This beautiful tote tutorial comes to us as a guest project from Dorinda Dombrowski of Flower Girl Designs Collection.
Finished size approximately 12 ½”h x 12 ½”w
½ - yard outside fabric
½ - yard lining fabric (durable canvas fabric)
7/8-yard pocket & strap fabric (2 different colors optional)
½ -yard fusible fleece
All purpose thread to match fabric
Scissors & Rotary Cutter
Cutting Fabric for Garden Tote:
Cut 2– 15” x 15” outside tote fabric
Cut 2- 15” x 15” lining tote fabric
Cut 2- 9” x 15” pocket fabric
Cut 2- 10” x 15” pocket fabric
Cut 2- 7” x 15” pocket fabric
Cut 2-4” x 20” strips for straps
Cut 2- 15” x 15” fusible fleece
Remove all pins before sewing over them.
All seams are a ¼”.
- Iron on fusible fleece to the 2 -15” x 15” outside tote fabric cuts, following manufactures directions.
- Cut out a 2” x 2” square out of each corner on one side of outside fabric cuts.
- Take the 2- 9” x 15” pocket cuts.
- Place them right sides together and sew a seam on a 15” side.
- Fold right sides out, press and topstitch the seam.
- Place raw edges up and 12” down from the top of the bag. The 2” x 2” square cut will now be under the pocket.
- Pin in place and sew.
- Fold pocket up, press and topstitch the bottom seam.
- Fold the cut in half to find the middle and sew a straight stitch down the middle, back stitching at the top to make it more secure.
- Take the 2- 10” x 15” pocket cuts, for the other side of the tote.
- Place right sides together and sew a seam on a 15” side. Turn right sides out, press and topstitch the seam.
- Place the pocket raw edges up and 11” down from the top of the other tote fabric cut. Pin in place, sew, fold up pocket and topstitch the seam.
- Take the 2-7” x 15” pocket cuts; once again place right sides together sew a seam on the 15” side. Fold pocket right sides out, press and topstitch the seam.
- Place the pocket raw edges up and right under the pocket that you just sewed in place, pin and sew.
- Fold pocket up.
- Topstitch the bottom seam. Fold the tote fabric cut in half to find the middle, once again sew a straight stitch down the middle, back stitching at the top of both pockets to make them more secure.
- Place outside fabric cuts, right sides together.
- Sew the sides & bottom, leaving the top and corners open (zigzag or serge seams, after sewing, to make them more secure). You don’t have to worry about lining up the pockets; it was designed so no pockets will have to match at side seams.
- At the corners match seams (side & bottom) and sew, zigzag or serge all seams to make them more secure. Turn tote right sides out.
- Take the 2-15” x 15” lining cuts (I used a durable canvas fabric), cut out a 2” x 2” square at each corner on one side.
- Place right sides together, sew sides and at the bottom leave a 3” opening for turning. Leave corners and top open. Then, sew the corners the same as the outside of the tote. (zigzag or serge seams to make them more secure) Leave wrong sides out.
- Take the 2- 4” x 20” strips of fabric for straps, place raw edges to the middle, the long way and press.
- Fold again and press, making a 1” strap. Sew close to both long edges.
- Place the raw edge of one side of the strap to the raw edge of the tote, 3” in from one seam, pin and zigzag in place. Make sure the strap is straight and place it on the same side, other end, 3” in and zigzag in place. Sew the other strap to the other side of the tote the same way.
- Now, both straps are sewed on the tote.
- Take the outside of the tote and place it (right sides together) inside the lining with the 3” opening at the bottom. Pin and sew all around the top of the tote, backstitching over the straps to make them more secure.
- Turn tote right sides out through the 3” opening. Machine or hand stitch opening closed.
- Press and topstitch all around the top of the tote.
Your Garden Tote is done and ready to use. It looks Great!
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