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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2008
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last minute mother's day present

So two things mainly with this bag - firstly I know I'm like the world's most confused person because I measured out the original shapes for my bag in inches but when i get towards the end I whipped out a ruler and measured in cm - and i was going to change it but i reckon most people (i.e. every not me should be able to flip a ruler the right way). LOL and im Australian so basically I dont why i did it in inches in the first place. Secondly this is my first draft/ trial of this type of bag for mother's day which is like 2 weeks away but last minute cos i'm gonna be away for a uni thing; anyways cos its the first draft its is yet to be perfected but still very usable. hope you like it =D

P.S. sorry for not having a picture of how to fold the bag - I'll get on to it ASAP and try and I have a propensity to rant and have bad grammar so if stuff doesn't make sense feel free to ask questions


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Instructions

  1. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 1 1

    Gather your material

    OUTER FABRIC
    - 2 rectangles measuring 15 x 17 inches
    - 2 strips (handles) measuring 4 X 26 inches
    - pocket rectangle 7 x7 inches
    - semi-circular flap 7 inches in diameter but the height needs to be 4.5 inches (basically draw a normal semi-circle and then add an extra 1 inch rectangle on top)

    LINING
    - 2 rectangles 15 x 17 inches

  2. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 2 2

    - Heat your iron
    - grab the long strap material
    - fold in half once and iron firmly
    - unfold
    - fold one side into center and iron (as shown in picture)
    - fold in other side and iron
    - now unfold and refold it into half again and iron

  3. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 3 3

    - once ironed so that the straps are really 1/4 of the original width, sew both sides of the strap (or one if your feeling a little lazier - it'll still work)
    - then repeat so you have 2 straps ready for your bag

  4. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 4 4

    - grab the stuff for your front pocket
    - sew together the semi-circle and the pocket fabric with a 1/2 inch seam (fold the seam 1/4 and then another 1/4 to secure any fraying material)

  5. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 5 5

    so here's the thing i've actually never used bias tape before - mostly because it seemed to fiddly but it actually wasn't to bad

    - open up the bias tape
    - place the right side of the tape facing the wrong side of the fabric
    - sew this all around the edge of the new pocket

  6. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 6 6

    - once you have secured the bias tape on the wrong side - flip it over
    - you should now have the right side of the bias tape on top of the right side of you fabric - you shouldn't be able to see any stitching (if you can pull your bias tape over more firmly)
    - iron it in place
    - now topstich the bias tape in place starting from the inner edge of the bias tape

  7. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 7 7

    now to secure the outer edge of the bias tape and securing the pocket to the body of the bag

    - start from the outer edge of the bias tape and remember to leave the top of the pocket open (DO NOT SEW) and to SEW across the pocket where the semicircle and rectangular fabric were previously sewn to create a pocket

  8. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 8 8

    so a bit of a dodgy picture

    basically you need to sew around all three edges of your bag fabric

    - grab outer fabric with the good sides facing each other
    - sew three sides - leaving the top side
    - repeat this with the lining fabric




  9. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 9 9

    now grab the outer fabric again
    - pinch the corners to make a triangle
    - measure from the top of your triangle (including the seam) 6cm (this number will be your depth)
    - pin it
    - sew across and snip off the additional fabric
    - repeat with other side and on lining fabric

  10. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 10 10

    now this is the part where i get freaked out even though i've done it plenty of times

    basically you need to keep the outer fabric inside out with the good sides facing each other
    - now turn your lining the right way round so its good sides are facing the good sides of your outer fabric when you slip it inside

    STRAPS
    - now is the time you need to place your straps inside the bags
    - the straps should be sandwiched between the two layers, with the actual length of the straps between the two layers - so when you turn the bag the straps will be present

  11. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 11 11

    - stitch together the layers remembering to leave a gap in the so that you will be able to pull the material through
    - i would suggest going over the straps a few times to secure them

  12. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 12 12

    - now turn the bag through the hole in the side and make sure that all is as it should be
    - place the lining inside the bag as it would normally be and iron
    - now stitch the hole in the side back up

  13. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 13 13

    - sorry there is no picture for this but when you fold the bag - fold the sides in so they overlap and bring the ends together so that you will be able to role your pocket around it.
    - places a pin in the bag where you would like to place a button and mark in pencil

  14. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 14 14

    - grab tools to secure a button (conventional buttons or a ribbon would work as well

  15. How to make a tote bag. Foldable Tote Bag  - Step 15 15

    now you have your bag! its easy to chuck in your car or handbag so you will have one handy when going shopping

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