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Yesterday I worked on a new tote bag….I had just ripped out a couple borders on my It’s All About Me project and just wanted a fun, relaxing project. I had a charm pack called Zu Zu’s Petals by Benartex that I have had for about a year and couldn’t figure out what to do with.
I decided to just sew the charm squares together and make a easy tote. So I pieced and then quilted this big piece of fabric. I had a big piece of salmon duck that had been in my stash for years and years and I used it for the backing.
If you think this is going to be a tutorial……you are so wrong….unless you want a tutorial on what not to do! I did take a bunch of photos because I thought it would go right….it didn’t. My original plan was to sew up the sides and add lining…..then I was looking at the backing and thought…that would be neat along the bottom and top!
I cut the piece apart, added a cute little outside pocket and straps….still going good…
Then, I made the bottom, quilted it and sewed it to the sides. This was definitely a denim needle project! The minute I had it all pieced I realized the bottom should have been a lot bigger. Forget it, I double stitched all the seams…it is staying.
I sewed up the sides and then boxed the corners. I knew before I ever started this whole bag that I wanted a wide bag which would have been fine if I hadn’t added the pinky salmon fabric. The bag was WAY too tall and……
the bottom was WAY too small. By this time I had decided I didn’t need to write notes on each step as this was a disaster!
Grab the scissors and chop chop….make the bag shorter. Ignore the bottom….
Then I made the lining and used some of the chopped off piece to make a couple of pockets inside. I used velcro as a fastener. Somehow the lining grew…..and was bigger than the outside. I made the seams wider but didn’t take the seam ripper to my lined boxed corners because I had triple sewed them so the inside is still a little big.
I stitched the pieces together and didn’t leave a big enough hole to turn it inside out….triple stitches again….love my seam ripper. Finally made a bigger section, turned it right side out and top stitched the edge. I was going to add binding but didn’t….who knows maybe I still will…but not today!
Here is a view of the bag side, I like how that came out. If I had added one more row of charm squares to the width of the bag it would have fit my laptop….I have a wide screen laptop.
I took a self portrait so you could see the size of the bag. Sorry for the messy bed and that white blob behind me….a cat! Straps could be a bit shorter. Bob’s opinion of the Zu Zu bag…..this would look great on the beach….guess he doesn’t like the colors.
When I took this photo the colors were really over-saturated but I loved the way the straps look like cable stitching so I wanted to include it in my post. To make it more fun I changed the hues in Photoshop. Can you see the green on the deck board…..that isn’t real but….if I don’t finish cleaning and sealing my deck this summer you will see this!
I guess I should call this a Zu Zu bag tutorial of what NOT to do! There are actually tons of tutorials on the internet but sometimes it is just fun to play…..don’t you agree?