Friday, August 28, 2020

Fabric Buying Totes....Sew Your Bag Ladies

 I haven't been not sewing...but I have been neglecting this blog....  So, today the accomplishment in the tote lines will be two fabric buying totes.   The tweed fabric is actually a neoprene backed with tweed.  So I am quilting cute little ladies on the fronts of these two totes... I am freemotion quilting them with some little plastic forms I got-testing testing... and these are lite heatnbond applied and then overcast stitched around the ladies.  The fronts and backs will have this really cool vinyl from G

1.  heat and bond lite the ladies to the tweed fabric
2.  Overcast around the appliqued ladies
3.  Free motion quilt the ladies onto the tweed fabric
4.  cut through the top of the ladies applique so you can apply the trim at the top of the pocket.  I just used the leftover vinyl lining pieces.


Front pocket on this is for your quick grab items..

Added D Rings and a shoulder strap 

Note:  The handles are made of the same vinyl as the outside and Just top stitched after folding in so it has 4 layers for strength.  The Top-stitching stops where you want to attach to your tote bag and just open and fold bottom edge under so it can be topstitched in a square to your totebag.  -The lining is a smoother lighter weight vinyl.

I use number 16 or 18 sharp universal needles to sew through all the layers without bending the needle in my machine.

And a past tote Hamper.... Great for going to the laundry mat.... I can throw the things into the washer and do double rinse... throw them into my bag and go to the dryers and dump them in the dryer... and it has a shoulder strap..  so sooooo convenient..

sew the clear plastic onto the fabric to make it all together   (my design fabric)

Cut two vinyl circles the size you want your cylinder laundry hamper bag... One for the inside and one for the outside... 

Make a strap the length to be comfortable over your shoulder... But you can make it longer because it will be adjustable with your D rings

Take your vinyl and add enough for a seam of some kind and wrap around your circle that is your bottom to get the correct size...-use this to measure your clear plastic over fabric piece that is the outside of the hamper...  then for the lining sew a tube 
Attach the tube to the bottom circle

Looking inside the lining it will look like this

For the outside sew the tube of clear plastic covered fabric in a tube and sew it to the other circle, turn it so the beautiful side is outside and put the vinyl lining inside

lay the two on top of each other before putting the lining inside the outside to be sure they are the same size

You can put a lid on it if you want ... but I chose just the shoulder strap.

Put one inside the other... and I then took the lining and the top edge and folded it over the top like I do quilt binding... and top stitched...

I made small tabs like the strapping and put them through two D rings on each side and then slipped the strap through them

I REALLY love this tote and I needed a hamper.  Now since I am going to the laundromat it is perfect.  Now I can fill 3 totes to the laundromat at once.. The vinyl linings are great.

This one has tote handles, but I also added the adjustable shoulder strap.  Since it is all vinyl inside and clear plastic on outside it is great at Laundry or grocery.  Wipe clean.  

I added a vinyl bottom on this one so, it would be more durable.  It wasn't easy but I love this tote and I was wearing out the bottom because it was just the clear plastic..... sooooo   

The Reverse side is pretty too.   The vinyl and clear plastic came from G  but the fabric you are seeing is really 4 placemats for 5.00 at the craft store.

Can Never Have too many totes.

Gotta get groceries and fabrics...


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