Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My tote-alicious bag tutorial..hehe..reversible

step one...cut your fabric to what ever size you would like your tote to be, i opted for a low wide one...my previous purse was a black hole...that ate every important item I needed, as soon as I needed it.

I also interfaced it to make it stiffer, so when it sits I can see every little thing I drag around with me/

step two.... actually the reason why I am doing this specific tutorial, I have been sewing for years and want to kick myself, less admit that I never came up with this on my own....shame on me

i call this my false bottom...came up with that though!!! I normally am to lazy to want to add sides or a bottom., so this is perfect for me.

step two.... take your fabric and line it up, i have my inside and my outer layer together (opposite sides together) so that I can make my cuts as perfect as I am able to.

note...the smaller you make your squares the less of a bottom, I choose to do three inch squares...I wanted to see everything in my purse, cursid black hole.

after you decide your desired size bottom start cutting, i.e 3 inch cut across by 3 inch cut down, makes a 6 inch wide bottom..  if i suck at explaining check out the pictures...

step four... do the same to the other side, this makes up your bottom of the tote....if you cut uneven, you will need to straighten it out..
random note......also if you choose to use a tshirt outside and cotton inside cut shirt one inch shorter on each side ...ie 18" wide inside 16" wide outside... this makes your tshirt not bunch up..

step five and six .... i am really not crazy, i was going for the optical illusion

five...sew the sides and bottom of your outside bag (right side facing) .. leaving your cute little square alone
do this for both inner and outer layers of fabric....

six .... now take your outer layer and grab the each side of the fabric..one chunk one hand, other chunk other hand, close to the square....and now pull...the goal is to sandwich them together, once you have achieved that sew them together.. do this for both  layers, please..

ps I almost backstitch over everything unless I am making a quilt top

 and wah lah... you have a stiff square piece of fabulous-ness

step 7 ...put inside into outside (remember this is reversible)  make sure that they fit together....straight lines you'all, when I did mine it ended up taller than I wanted so I laid that baby down and chopped off two inches.

more is better than less...sometimes

step 8 ..sorry about the lighting .... fold over sides so you can hem it, make sure they are even, unless you don't mind some sharp angles...iron , put inside into outside..


step nine... cut a a strip do your desired length and width for handle, i had a different idea for my handles, that didn't work how I wanted them...so I ended upi with dinky little one inch handles that are floppy...I was getting lazy well more annoyed that my idea didn't work

make handle, then insert into desired place on your bag...then pin and pin some more

another note...i dislike pinning, but this is one i had to reconsider

and this is what you will end up with

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