It’s your Lucky day! We have one more fantastic tutorial featuring Lotta Jansdotter’s latest collection, Lucky! Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine has designed this stylish carry all tote! We love how roomy this bag is and how playful the prints found in Lucky are used. Learn how you too, can create your own version of this tote! Check out the instructions below! It’s a great project for the holiday weekend!
Lotta Jansdotter “Lucky” Carry All Tote
By Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
-3/4 yd exterior fabric
-fat quarter or scraps for outside pocket
-fat quarter for outside pocket lining
-1/2 yd fabric for straps
-3/4 yd lining fabric
-fat quarter for inside pockets
-yard of thermoweb fusible fleece
All seam allowances are 1/2 in unless noted otherwise.
Step One: Cutting
-Exterior Fabric and Lining Fabric:
(2) 15 1/2 x 20 1/2-front and back*
(2) 15 1./2 x 8 1/2- sides*
(1) 20 1/2 x 8 1/2-bottom*
-Outside Pocket and Lining:
(1) 13 1/2 x 20 1/2-pocket exterior*
(1) 13 1/2 x 20 1/2-pocket lining
(2) 9 x 20 1/2
(4) 3 1/2 x WOF (*2 of fusible)
* cut fusible as well
Step Two: Create Exterior of Bag
-Fuse all interfacing to matching parts
-Take outside pocket and outside pocket lining, place RST and pin at the top. Sew a 1/4 in across the top. Flip over, iron, and top stitch the top of the pocket.
-Place outside of pocket on one of your exterior pieces and pin down. Set aside.
-Take the side panel and bottom panel and pin the 8 1/2 in sides together, sew. Repeat to make one long side-bottom-side gusset.
-Starting and the bottom attach your gusset to your front panel pinning together. Sew. Repeat for back panel.
-To make straps: Take two strap pieces and lie them RST and stitch ¼ inch on both long sides. Turn inside out and topstitch along both long sides. Iron and cut to desired length. (30 inches is desired)
-Mark the top of your front and back exterior panel and measure 2 ½ in on both sides. Baste handles down at each 2 1/2 in mark.
Step Three: Create Interior of Bag
-Make two inside pockets by ironing the 20 ½ in side WST by ¼in, and then by another ¼in. Iron and topstitch.
-Align both pockets with inside front and back pieces, baste pocket to front and back lining.
-Take the side panel lining and bottom panel lining, pin the 8 1/2 in sides together, sew. Repeat to make one long side-bottom-side gusset.
-Starting and the bottom attach your gusset to your inside lining front panel pinning together. Sew. Repeat for back panel, leaving a three inch whole at the bottom.
Step Four: Attach lining to Outside Bag
-Turn lining wrong side out and turn the bag right side facing out, place it inside of the lining piece. They should be right sides together.
-Pin the top of the lining and the outside of bag together. Sew the top with a ¼ in seam allowance.
-Pull the outside of the bag through the whole left in the lining and iron the top of the bag. Topstitch.
-Sew the lining whole closed and enjoy your new bag!
Thank you so much Kristen! Be sure to follow her on Instagram@Twoblondesandasewingmachine.
Have a lovely weekend!