It's perfect weather to stay in and work on .... my blog post. heh.
Since sewing, I take more notice of women's bags and totes. You might also find me in Walmart (they have some really cute fabric handbags!) handling a bag; trying to figure out its construction.
In my last post on interfacing, I mentioned this mini styled tote bag that I noticed was popular with Japanese women on the train in Tokyo area. (OH the RAIN just started pouring!)
The construction is fairly basic but I do want to share the dimensions. Sometimes just finding the right size causes major grief so I hope this size is perfect for you!
- Cut one piece for the exterior : 20" length x 11" width (if your fabric has a directional design, cut 2 pieces)
- Cut one piece for lining : 19" length x 11" width
- Cut mid weight woven interfacing : same as exterior
- Optional : cotton batting; cut same as exterior fabric or fusible fleece for a soft padding
- For Handles : Cut 2 cotton webbing pieces; 13" long (finished size is 11")
- For seams : I used my sewing foot; lined up with the edge of the fabric; as a guide for the seam. Or use 1/2" seam
- Place cotton batting wrong side of exterior fabric, pin in place
- Fold exterior fabric in half; right sides together; sew sides. Trim cotton batting away from seam to lessen bulk.
- Box corners; measure 4 inches across, sew and trim. Turn bag inside out (right side of fabric facing out). Go to my tutorials page for a link to craft apple's boxed corner tutorial
- Fold lining in half; sew sides together; leaving a 3" gap on one side for turning bag
- Box corners; measure 4 inches across; sew and trim.
- For Handle Placement : Find middle of exterior fabric and mark. Measure 3 inches to the right of the center and mark. Measure 3 inches to the left of the center and mark. Do on both sides of the bag. Place webbing as shown in picture (the needle is the 3" mark). I left a 1" allowance on the handle. Baste in place.
- Place bag inside lining; right sides together. Pin along top edge. Sew lining and exterior pieces together with handles sandwiched in between. Trim the handle allowance about 1/2".
- Turn bag inside out through gap.
- Sew gap close.
|pic from this shinzi katoh site|