Sew a Tote With Anna from Charmed Liebling: National Sewing Month 2013

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Today’s post is courtesy of Anna from charmed Liebling. Check out Anna’s AllFreeSewing designer profile here.

Fabulous Farmer’s Market Tote:

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Go shopping at the farmers market in style! This bag holds all the groceries you can carry. There is a divider inside the bag to keep everything organized. The hidden slip pocket on the front side of the bag is perfect to fit your wallet, phone and keys. This bag works well with laminated cotton or oilcloth, but you could also use home decor fabric or just simply lightweight quilting fabric. If you do, I recommend interfacing the exterior fabric pieces as stated below in the instructions.

All seam allowances are ½” unless otherwise stated. All measurements given are height x width. Please read all instructions before you begin.

You need:

- Exterior fabric: 1 1/8 yd (44″ width)

- Lining fabric: 1 yd (44″ width)

- 1 piece of hook and loop tape (self-adhesive or sew-on): 1”

 Helpful hints:

- I made this tote completely out of laminated cotton. If you decide to do so too, please be careful when ironing parts of your fabric while sewing. I usually place a kitchen towel on top of the fabric, which is folded twice. I like to sprinkle the towel a little bit with water and used less steam than usual. I also don’t use the highest setting of the iron and I don’t press too long at the same spot.

- I also recommend using sewing clips instead of pins as they won’t leave holes in your laminated cotton or oilcloth.

Cut from:

Exterior fabric:

- (2x) 16″ x 12.75” – main body

- (2x) 16″ x 9” – side panel

- (1x) 9″ x 12.75” – bottom panel

- (1x) 10″ x 21” – interior divider

- (2x) 29″ x 5.5” – strap

Lining fabric:

- (2x) 16″ x 12.75” – main body

- (2x) 16″ x 9” – side panel

- (1x) 9″ x 12.75” – bottom panel

- (1x) 10″ x 21” – interior divider

- (2x) 8″ x 9” – slip pocket

I didn’t use any interfacing on this tote since I used laminated cotton throughout and intended a slouchy look. If you use lightweight cotton fabric you might want to interface parts of your tote. In this case, cut the following pieces from fusible interfacing:

- (2x) 16″ x 12.75” – main body

- (2x) 16″ x 9” – side panel

- (1x) 9″ x 12.75” – bottom panel

If you don’t need to fold your tote when not using it, you may also think about interfacing the interior divider with heavy stabilizer. In this case cut the following piece from heavy stabilizer:

- (1x) 10″ x 21” – interior divider

Interface the wrong sides of the exterior parts of your tote.

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Instructions:

a) Make the straps

- Fold one of your strap fabric pieces in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides together and press. Open up again and fold both long edges towards the middle crease and press again.

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- Now fold lengthwise again, matching the long folded edges and press again. Topstitch along both long edges, approx. 3 mm (1/8”) from the edges.

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Repeat the folding and stitching with the second strap fabric piece.

- Place one of the straps onto one of the exterior main body panels. The outer edges of the strap should be placed 2.5” in from the side edges of the bag. The loop of the strap should face to the bottom and the raw edges of both main body panel and straps should be aligned. Pin in place and baste the strap end to the main body using a ¼” seam allowance.

- Repeat for the other strap and the other main body panel.

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b) Prepare the slip pocket

- Place the hook part of your piece of hook and loop tape onto the right side of one of the slip pocket pieces. It should be positioned in the center and 1” down from the top edge. Tape it down or sew it onto the fabric (depending on what kind of hook and loop tape you are using).

- Repeat with the loop part of the hook and loop tape and the other slip pocket piece.

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- Take one of the slip pocket pieces and put it onto one of the exterior main body panels, right sides together. It should be positioned centered on the main body panel and the top edges of both fabric pieces should be aligned. (Since you already attached the straps to the exterior main body fabric panels, your slip pocket will partially cover the straps).

- Pin in place and stitch along the top edge using a 1/4” seam allowance, starting and stopping 1/2” from the outer edges of the slip pocket fabric piece.

- Repeat the previous step with the second slip pocket fabric piece and one of the lining main body panels.

- Set both main body panels aside.

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c) Make the interior divider

- Take both of your interior divider pieces and put them right sides together. Pin in place and stitch along both long edges.

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- Turn right side out and press. Top-stitch along both long edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.

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- On both the top and the bottom edge, measure and mark 6” in from the side edges. Fold the divider towards what will be the wrong (= inner) side of the divider.

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- Top-stitch along the folded edge using a 1/4” seam allowance.

- Repeat the 6” markings, folding and topstitching on the other side of the divider.

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This is what you should have after folding and top-stitching along both folds:

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- Take one of the lining main body side panels and place it right side up. Put your divider right (= outer) side up onto the side panel. Match the side edges of both fabric pieces and position the divider approx. 1” up from the bottom edge of the lining side panel. Pin the divider in place and stitch along the side edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.

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This is what you should have after stitching both side seams of the divider to the lining side panel:

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- On the lining main body panel with the slip pocket piece attached, fold the slip pocket over so that the wrong sides of both slip pocket and main body panel are now touching. Topstitch along the upper edge of the slip pocket, starting and stopping 1/2″ from the outer edges.

- Repeat the previous step with the other slip pocket piece on the exterior main body panel.

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d) Assemble the bag lining:

Take one of the lining main body panels and place it right side up. Take one of your lining side panels and put it on one of the side edges of the main body panel, right sides together, the edges of both pieces should be aligned. Pin in place and stitch along the edge, but stop 1/2″ up from the bottom end (this 1/2″ is important later, when you are going to sew the bottom panel onto the bag).

- Repeat with the second side panel and the other edge of the main panel (when stitching the side panel with the divider attached, make sure to fold the divider together so it won’t get caught in the stitching).

- Take your second main panel and repeat the previous steps.

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On the picture above you can see one of the lining main body panels with the two lining side panels (one of them includes the interior divider) already attached. You can also see how the side seam stops about 1/2″ from the bottom edge.

- Place the bottom panel with its four edges onto the bottom edges of the bag, right sides together. Pin in place and stitch along the first edge, starting and stopping 1/2” from the edge. Since you left the seam open by 1/2″ when sewing the side panels to the main body panels, you should be able to have your bottom panel seams start and stop exactly at the end of these seams (see on the next picture – note that I chose exterior fabric for the bottom panel of my bag lining).

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This is what your bag lining should look like on the inside after stitching all the pieces together:

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e) Make the bag exterior:

- Repeat step d) to assemble the bag exterior.

f) Finish the slip pocket:

- Place your two slip pocket fabric pieces right sides together (since they are already attached to the exterior and lining main body you will have to bend those parts out of the way for this step). Pin in place and stitch around the three edges of the slip pocket. Make sure to start and stop the stitching right beneath the topstitching of the top edge of the slip pocket pieces.

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g) Assemble the bag:

- Due to the finished slip pocket, the bag exterior and the bag lining are already attached to each other. The bag exterior should be right side out, the bag lining wrong side out. Put the bag lining into the exterior. The slip pocket will be hidden between the layers. Make sure to fit the lining correctly into the exterior. Match the side seams and flatten the bottom panels, so that the lining sits snug inside the bag.

- Fold down the seam allowance of the top edges of both exterior and lining towards the inside. Pin in place and stitch along the top edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Start and stop right before you reach the slip pocket.

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Congratulations, your fabulous farmers’ market tote is finished!

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Comments

  1. I always use reusable bags,their always in the car, I reuse recyle and recycle drives hubby crazy lol,also am going to make some more bags with a interchangable label with velcro so I can put each stores name on them and I can wash the bags,I like that I can keep my bags sanitized in case of a leak of some kind to. Love this bag it’s so pretty and I’d love strawberries,reminds me of a jump suit my grandmother made me when I was young,fingers crossed.Good luck everyone.

  2. Jenniffer Howling says:

    Try to always use a reusable. If I forget and only have a few items I will carry them out as I always have bags in the car

  3. I use both because sometimes I forget to grab my reusable bags

  4. Susan Craig says:

    I use reusable bags when I have them with me. I would use this bag – I may make a few as gifts as well.

  5. SELINA WRIGHT says:

    Love this bag. Went together with ease. I will be making more for me and some for Christmas presents. Can’t have enough of these.

  6. I really like patterns like this. I have so many neices and they love receiving stuff like this

  7. I use both – I try to use reusable totes as much as possible!

  8. I always try to remember as many of my cloth shopping bags as possible so I don’t have to take so many plastic bags back to recycle. This bag looks great!

  9. Always In The Car!

  10. connie from St. Louis says:

    Always keep reusable bags in my car so they are handy where ever I shop.

  11. I use both, always have cloth bags in car, and extra plastic for those messy things

  12. Like others, I use both. And when I do get plastic bags from the grocery store, I have a neighbor with three cats and she’s needs 1-2 bags each day for you know what.

  13. I have been sewing for 30+years. Now learning the serger tech. So fun!!

  14. I use reusable bags quite often. I do forget them once in a while but try not to.

  15. Great tute!

  16. Yes! I use them all the time, even for non-grocery visits. I am getting pretty darn good at remembering them all the time, altho that took awhile!

  17. I always carry my handmade reusable bag with me, keep some in my car as well just in case.

  18. Rosa Escobedo says:

    I always use reusable bags. At home, work and shopping. I love this idea and will make some of my own to customize them. Some of my reusable bags are so small. This is a perfect way to custom fit my bread and meats.

  19. I use both, but am trying to use cloth more!

  20. I LoVe re-useable bags. I use them in my everyday life, grocery shopping, my yarn projects, use them to wrap my homemade gifts for my friends and family. I truly enjoyed your clearly written instructions and the pictures were a great help. I am a very visual learning, sometimes words do not make since BUT give me pictures I can figure out almost any project. Looking forward to more of your beautiful projects. I saw your instructions on Sewing It Up on ALLFREESEWING.com

  21. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    I have made a few fabric bags to shop with. My friends always love them and relatives, so I have given them away, In the meanwhile I’ve bought bags offered by the stores that I shop at and use them. Some are really well made and hold up well. I’m still determined to make some of my own and keep them! I usually would forget them, now after empty them, I quickly return them to my car. It helps!

  22. Rita DeBraccio says:

    Making your own totes helps to remember them!

  23. Victoria Williams says:

    I use reusable begs when I remember to take them in the store with me.

  24. Everyone loves reusable bags. If you are going to a party , use your bag to put gift in and then they get 2 gifts. People who do handwork like embroidery , knitting or crocheting can use bag to take when waiting in doctors office or any appt and keep your handwork clean and handy

  25. I use re-usable totes. I have many different totes and I always have them in my car. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. I’m getting pretty good at remembering to take the reusable bags into the store with me, and not just for groceries. My hubby is even getting in the swing of it. He asked if he could have one of mine for his truck. I guess I’ll be making at least one of these for him. I think I’ll be using these instead of buying bags to put gifts in, especially for Christmas. Lots of great ideas.

  27. I use reusable bag when I remember them. I try too put them on my door knob when I am gathering up everything to head out.

  28. Where I live, most grocery stores charge 5 cents for each plastic bag. This has encouraged many people to bring their own. I have brought my own shopping bags for more than 20 years. In the beginning I often had to overcome resistance from the shop keepers or clerks. I have quite a collection of totes now. Some I bought, some I made and some I was given. I have some insulated totes that are great in hot weather.

  29. Peg Sullinger says:

    I always use reusable totes at the grocery store and other stores too. I carry extra that I also make to give to other people who don’t have them. I worry about the future world for my grandchildren and what they will have to endure when I am gone.

  30. Love to sew. This a wonderful site for beginners. Like Me!

  31. wow this one is extra special with the vinyle and the divider. It looks very sturdy and will hold things up right like vegies when you are carrying it. I love it. I have to go by my vinyle now. thanks for sharing. sherryp

  32. I make my own bags and always keep one or two extra ones in the car. I also have a fold-up one for my handbag.

  33. I am a fabric hound. I find fun fabric on sale and buy a couple yards and then cut market bags. I carry one all the time. I give them to friends, too. I even make larger bags from the plastic birdseed bags. Reuse, repurpose, recycle.

  34. I made my first reusable bag about 25 years ago as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Some are still in use. I got a huge amount of yardage at a thrift store of nylon fabric for next to nothing in cost. Had no idea what to do with it until I thought of reusable bags. I made up just a simple pattern and turned out about 12 bags that I decorated with fabric paint. They folded up small enough to carry in your purse and weighed next to nothing. I love all the designs of reuseable bags that have come out in recent years, especially this one.

  35. sherry butcher says:

    Yes I use reusable totes.

  36. I use both. I reuse the plastic bags. They are great for small trash cans, also great packing material for shipping package.

  37. Great instructions on making a reusable bag. I keep several in the car so they are always available.

  38. I always have a few in my car and use them when I get my weekly fresh produce at the farmers market.

  39. I use my reusable bags when I remember to grab them!

  40. I use 5 or more reusable fabric bags each week when I pick up my CSA (community supported agriculture) share, I love them.

  41. I always have reusable bags in my car for shopping. We call them green bags even though they are all colors.

  42. I use disposal bags bit after seeing this tote I will make some to take shopping. Love it!!!

  43. Hi!
    Thank you for posting this great and easy to follow tutorial. Love it!
    I needed to make some changes for my tote, due to temporarily vanished reading abilities (i.e. I put the measurements in the wrong direction – silly me!). But I love it nonetheless, and I’ll put this beauty to the test today! :)
    Cheers,
    Simone

  44. I like the reusable totes. Making my own is great fun.

  45. We always use reusable. But many times forget them in the car or at home. In turn taking the groceries out to the car in the cart with no bag’s. I wash my reusable’s and some haven’t stood the test of time very well, I don’t like having soiled bag’s. This is so cute and I can see making some as gift’s for special people. Thank You for the project and instructions.

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