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Spring Garden Tote II: Sewing the Outside and Finishing

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This is a continuation of the Spring Garden Tote guest project from Dorinda at Flower Girl Designs Collection.


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Sewing Together the Outside of Tote:

  1. Place outside fabric cuts, right sides together.

    Garden Tote Step 2-1
     
  2. 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.

    Garden Tote Step 2-2
     
  3. At the corners match seams (side & bottom) and sew, zigzag or serge all seams to make them more secure. Turn tote right sides out.

    Garden Tote Step 2-3Garden Tote Step 2-3-1


Lining- Corners & Sewing Together:

  1. 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.

    Garden Tote Step 2-2
     
  2. 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.

    Garden Tote Step 2-2-2


Straps:

  1. Take the 2- 4” x 20” strips of fabric for straps, place raw edges to the middle, the long way and press.

    Garden Tote 4-1
     
  2. Fold again and press, making a 1” strap. Sew close to both long edges.

    Garden Tote 3-2
     
  3. 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.

    Garden Tote 3-3
     
  4. Now, both straps are sewed on the tote.

    Garden Tote 3-4


Finishing:

  1. 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.

    Garden Tote 4-1
     
  2. Turn tote right sides out through the 3” opening. Machine or hand stitch opening closed.

    Garden Tote 4-2
     
  3. Press and topstitch all around the top of the tote.

    Garden Tote 4-3


Your Garden Tote is done and ready to use. It looks Great!

Garden Tote  

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