I’m happy to be able to give you another tutorial today! This is one of my many Creativ Festival projects. I’ve been working with my sponsor Sylvia from Country Clothesline to create this tutorial and she will be selling kits for it at her booth next week. She has provided the fabric for this tote – isn’t it amazing? It just screams warm spring and summer days! The perfect bag for adding a little floral accent to add to your daily life. It’s right on trend too!
The inspiration for this bag came from thoughts of trips to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Trips to the cottage, or the beach! For that you need some way to divide your towels from your sunscreen, or cucumbers from your fresh strawberry jam!
With that in mind, I decided to make this a divided tote – and then I had to figure out how to do it! Thankfully a few mini-mockups sorted it out quickly enough and I’m so happy with the result. Anything you put into your tote will look 100 times better next to that lovely yellow lining. And your life is a little bit more organized too!
This tote is generously sized at 14″ wide, 5″ deep and is 13″ tall. It only uses 1 yard each of outer and lining fabric! And, despite my convincing speech about the divider, you can make this tote without it. I’ve included a section in the directions below to tell you how to do that.
As usual, please feel free to use my patterns/tutorials for your personal projects and gifts and for charitable fundraising events. Please do not sell anything made with this pattern. If you are interested in making this item for sale, please contact me and I will set up a license for it in the shop. Thank you!
Seam allowance 3/8″ OR 1/4″ as noted throughout the tutorial.
- OUTER: 1 yard Olivia in Pink
- LINING: 1 yard Olivia Floral in Yellow
- 1 1/2 yards Fusible All-Purpose/Medium Weight interfacing (20-22″ wide)
- 1/2 yard Fusible Fleece (60″ wide)
- PATTERN PIECES: Free download, click here.
- marking pen, ruler, scissors, matching thread (also used for top stitching)
Printing the Pattern:
- Download the Pattern Pieces using the link in the Materials listing. Print out all 4 pages of the pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.
- Cut the pages on the outer gray lines and tape/glue the pages together, matching the letters in the gray half-circles.
- Cut out both pattern pieces – now you are ready to cut!
- Do not cut the divider as noted in the cutting layouts & measurements.
- Follow Steps 4 and 5 for sewing the outer tote to stitch the lining.
- You will need very marginally less interfacing, all other yardage stays the same.
- Pre-wash your fabric if desired and press well.
- See below & pattern pieces for fabric cutting layouts and measurements for cutting fabric that does not have a pattern piece.
- Lining – Divider: CUT 2 – 15″ wide x 10 3/4″ high, Strap: CUT 1 – 2.5″ x 42″, Pocket: CUT 1 on fold, Body: CUT 2 on fold
- Outer – Strap: CUT 1 – 2.5″ x 42″, Pocket: CUT 1 on fold, Body: CUT 2 on fold
- Interfacing – Divider: Cut 1 – 15″ wide x 10 3/4″ high, Outer Pocket: CUT 1 on fold, Lining Body: CUT 2 on fold
- Fusible Fleece – Strap: CUT 2 – 1″ x 21″, Divider: CUT 1 – 15″ wide x 10 3/4″ high, Outer Body: CUT 2 on fold
Prepare your Fabric:
- Fuse Interfacing to: 1 Divider, 1 Outer Pocket, 2 Lining Body
- Fuse Fusible Fleece to: 1 Divider, 2 Outer Body – NOTE: DO NOT fuse fleece to strap yet. We will do this later.
Here we sew!
- Pin & stitch the two strap pieces together lengthwise with a 1/4″ seam. Press seam allowance open.
- Fold each side lengthwise to the centre seam. Fold again at the centre seam to make a 1″ wide strap.
- Cut the strap into 2 pieces 21″ long. Now you have two straps.
- Open the folds on each strap, place fusible fleece on outer strap fabric within the folds next to the centre seam.
- Re-fold each strap, press well fuse the fleece.
- Top stitch about 1/8″ away from the edge of each strap and once in the centre.
- Place pocket outer and lining Right Sides Together (RST). Stitch pocket with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom.
- Trim the corners. Press the seam allowance up along the opening.
- Turn the pocket right side out through the opening. Press well. Top stitch the top curved edge of the pocket.
- Centre the pocket on the Outer Front, 3 1/2″ up from the bottom. Pin & stitch the sides and bottom close to the edge. This will also close the bottom opening.
- Place divider pieces RST. Mark the left and right bottom corners 1″ from each corner. Draw a diagonal line to connect the marks.
- Pin and stitch along the marked lines and along the top edge with a 1/4″ seam.
- Trim corner seam allowances to 1/4″.
- Turn the divider right side out. Press all 3 seams well. Top stitch the top edge of the divider.
- Layer Lining/Divider/Lining, with the divider centred on the bottom edge of the lining pieces. Lining will be RST.
- Pin and stitch the bottom edge with a 3/8″ seam.
- Fold the lining back, away from the divider on both sides. Pin, this allows the sides to be sewn without accidentally sewing over the bottom edge.
- Match the bottom lining side with the side of the divider. The lining will extend 1″ below the divider on the bottom edge.
- Match the other lining side. Pin, stitch with a 3/8″ seam. Un-pin the bottom pulled back fabric from step 3.
- Press seam allowances away from the divider on the sides and bottom edges.
- Open and align the corner raw edges of each side so the side seams align with the bottom seam. This creates a boxed corner. Pin with seam allowances open.
- Stitch the two pinned edges with a 3/8″ seam.
- Align the outer edge of each strap with the outer edge of each front pocket. Place the outer side of the strap RST with the outer tote. Pin.
- The inside edge of the end of the strap will be at the top edge of the bag and the outer edge will be parallel to the outer edge of the bag.
- Use the outer front of the tote to find the placement for the outer back strap. Pin. Baste the ends of the front and back straps to the bag with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Place outer front and back RST. Stitch the sides and bottom with a 3/8″ seam. Press seam allowances open as much as possible. Note: It helps to turn the bag right side out to press, then turn inside out again to continue.
- Open and align the bottom raw un-sewn corners so the side seams align with the bottom seam. This creates a boxed corner. Pin with seam allowances open. Stitch with a 3/8″ seam.
- Turn outer right side out. Place outer inside lining with RST. Align top edges and pin.
- Find the relatively straight area at the top edge of the tote – next to the side seam. Mark a 4″ opening.
- Stitch around the top of the bag with a 3/8″ seam, leave the opening un-sewn.
- Clip and notch the top curve. Press the seam allowance open along the opening.
- Turn your tote through the opening. Press and pin the top edge with the outer turned slightly toward the lining. This helps the lining not to show on the outside of the bag.
- Top stitch about 1/8″ away from the top edge of the bag. This will also close the opening.
- Note: If desired, use matching thread to hand stitch the lining to the outer bottom edge at each end of the side seam/divider. This will keep the lining in place. Feel through the fabric and stitch the lining to the outer side seam allowance – do not stitch through the bag to the outside.
I’d love to see your project! You can share your tote on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (links below) using the hashtags #alongforthreadride and/or #threadridinghood. Thank you!
Disclaimer: The fabric used in this post was given to me by my sponsor, Country Clothesline, for use in this post. I always share my honest opinion about sponsored products. Thanks for reading!