Sunday, March 23, 2008

You Better Believe It.

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. : )


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