Rachel’s Striped Tote tutorial

This pretty and cheerful striped tote tutorial comes to us from Rachel of Brodrick Design Studio! I love the idea and the gorgeous pastel colour palette Rachel chose, plus I was thrilled to see all of the neat details Rachel included in her construction. Read on for the tutorial! Thank you, Rachel!

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

Materials
• For the main bag cut six pieces measuring 7cm long by 98cm wide of the following Kona Cotton Solids:
Baby Blue
Ice Frappe
Honey Dew
Sunflower
Ice Peach
Peony

• In Petunia cut a piece 7cm x 98cm plus a 12cm x 40cm piece for the base:

• For the lining, in a neutral colour (I used Kona Natural) cut a piece 37cm x 98cm plus a 12cm x 40cm piece for the base:

• For the straps cut two 70cm pieces in webbing (I used Japanese striped webbing)

• Matching thread, fabric scissors and general sewing supplies.

Overall size of bag – 38 cm wide, 35 cm tall and 10 cm deep (excluding straps).

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

1) Sewing the stripes together

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Decide on the order you want to have the different coloured stripes. The stripe that is the same colour as the 12 cm x 40 cm piece (in this example purple) should be at the bottom of the bag. Overlock or zigzag the long sides of the seven pieces of cotton measuring 7 cm x 98 cm.

• Sew the seven stripes together along the long sides with a 1 cm seam allowance. Press the seams open.

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Overlock or zigzag the two side seams and top and bottom of the bag.

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Fold right sides together and sew the side seam with a 1 cm seam allowance. Press the side seam open.

2) Attach the base of the bag

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Overlock or zigzag all four sides of the purple piece of cotton measuring 12 cm x 40 cm.
• With right sides together, pin the 12 cm x 40 cm purple piece of cotton to the base of the striped bag. Sew this in place with a 1cm seam allowance and press.

3) Preparing the lining

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Overlock or zigzag around all four sides of the lining piece measuring 37cm x 98cm.
• With right sides together, match the side seams measuring 37 cm and sew together using a 1cm seam allowance. Press the side seams open.
• Overlock or zigzag around all four sides of the lining piece measuring 12cm x 40cm.
• With right sides together, pin the 12 cm x 40 cm cotton lining piece to the base of the bag lining. Sew this in place with a 1 cm seam allowance and press seams open.

4) Fitting the lining into the striped bag

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Turn the lining inside out. Fold over (wrong sides together) and press 1.5 cm all the way around the top edge.

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Fold over (wrong sides together) 1cm around the top edge of the striped bag.
• Place the lining into the striped bag and pin 0.5 cm below the top edge.

5) Attaching the straps

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• On each side of the bag, place a strap between the striped bag and lining pieces, pin in place. Leave a 15 cm gap between both straps. To ensure they are central on both sides of the bag, use the corners of the bag base to guide you.

6) Sewing the bag together

• Turn the bag inside out and edge stitch close to the top edge of the lining fabric, attaching it to the striped bag and securing the straps.

7) Finishing touches

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• Turn the bag right sides out. To further secure the straps, sew a crossed box over each strap.

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

Striped Tote Tutorial from The Village Haberdashery

• To give the bag more structure, pin the four edges of the bag (up from the four corners of the base). Edge stitch just the striped bag fabric, starting and finishing 2 cm from both ends.

Finished!

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