Friday, June 17, 2011

Knitting tote tutorial

Step 1:  Cut fabric.

Cut 2 pieces for outer fabric 16"X13" and 2 for lining 16"X13".
One piece 13"X13" for the large outer pocket and one piece 8"X13" for the small front pocket.
Cut 2 fabric strips 21"X3" for straps

Step 2:  Prepare pockets.

Attach bias tape to top of pockets.  If you are using crochet pieces like I did you will cut the strip off and fold under 1/8" and iron and then fold again 1/4" creating a top that is similar to bias tape.

Step 3:  Attach pockets to front of bag.

Place the small pocket on top of the large then pin both pockets to the front outer bag fabric.
Fold the bag in half creating a crease down the middle.  Unfold and top stitch down the crease from the top of the large pocket to the bottom of the bag.  Note:  You will top stitch over the bias tape if you are using bias tape.  I lifted the crochet up and stitched under because it looked better with the crochet.  Zig zag stitch along sides and bottom of entire bag.

Step 5:  Create straps.

With right sides together fold strap fabric in half long ways and sew using 1/4" seam allowance.  Place a safety pin at the end and flip right side out.  Iron flat with seam on the side and top stitch down both the right and left side 1/8" from the edge.

Measure 2" from both edges of outer fabric and pin straps to right sides of bag.  Stitch using 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 6:  Put bag together.  

With right sides together pin the outer bag fabric along sides and bottom and sew using 1/2" seam allowance.  Place hand inside of bag and open up bottom corner.  Fold bottom corner open lining up seams.  I always look on the inside to make sure my seam are lined up.  Straight stitch across corner about 1.5" from the bottom.  Repeat for other corner.

Repeat step 6 for the lining. 

Step 7:  Finish bag.

With the outer bag right side out and the lining wrong side out, place the outer bag inside of the lining so right sides are together.  Tuck straps inside!  Sew along the top using 1/2" seam allowance.  Leave a 3" opening for flipping.

Straps tucked inside and lining placed over outer bag.

Flip bag right side out and top stitch using 1/8" seam allowance along the top rim.

You are finished!  Know it time to fill it will all your knitting goodies!

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1 comment:

  1. Cute! a great idea and so handy! Thanks for sharing the link with me and I hope you join in on the next knit along...a lot of us are beginners and this time it's even my first sweater. Hope you have a great weekend! Love the baby sunsuit you made as well! so adorable and you looked fab in your outfit!


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