I have a new tote bag!
And anyone who knows me, knows I love bags.
Would you believe that it cost me under 10 dollars?!?
Okay, there's a catch. When I bought it, it actually looked like this:
I got two yards of fabric and a yard of whatever they call that strap-ie stuff for under 10 dollars. And after about 6 hours, I had a tote bag!
Here's how I did it:
Step 1: determine measurements.
I didn't use a pattern because I couldn't find one that I liked. So I looked at a Vera Bradly bag that I had, turned it inside out and side to side, and I figured out how it was put together. I started with a 16 x 16 square and a 22 inch strap.
Step 2: figure out what to sew first.
I had to really think it through. I didn't want to sew most of it together and then discover that something was backwards or missing.
Step 3: give it a go!
I started out with the straps. I used the 'floral' fabric and attached a strip of the cotton. Then I used the handy dandy iron to form it around the strap-ie thing.
Next, I cut the squares for the bag. Then I had to figure out how to sew in the strap. I had seen it on TV before, so I just had to play around until it made sense.
I wanted the front to have a little pizazz, so I made some stripes. I used basically the same method as I did for the straps, just minus the strap-ie things. I used the ruler to help me keep the fabric uniform.
After that I made the pocket. I didn't use any specific measurements for that. I put the pocket on before the stripes, making sure that the stitching would fall under the stripe. Then I added the stripes.
Almost done! I just had to sew the two sides together. Then I trimmed the excess fabric.
One more step... I sewed the corners of the bag so that it formed a rectangular bottom.
Finally done! I cut a piece of 'cardboard' the size of the bottom to give it sturdiness.
It's even a good color for Easter. : )