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Monday, May 21, 2012

{The Chevron Tote}


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 I am super excited to share this tutorial with you today. It is another great summer tote for all those park playdates and beach trips I hope you all will be going on this summer. I used this amazing Chevron fabric I received from Stitch Stash Diva. Stitch Stash Diva is one of my awesome sponsors.  Stitch Stash Diva sells very affordable and fashionable fabrics. Seriously so many cute fabrics to choose from. I was super excited when I received a bundle of fabric joy in the mail a few weeks ago. The projects started running through my head. I decided this Chevron fabric was destined to be a summer tote. I had a white on white polka-dot fabric, already in my stash, which I knew would go great with the green chevrons. This tote took me about an hour or so to make. Ready to make one of your own? Lets get started....




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I had 1 Yard of the Green Chevron Fabric and about
a quarter of a yard of my white fabric

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I started with my Chevron Fabric. I folded my yard of
 fabric in half (hot dog style) and then in half again (hamburger style).

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My rectangle for the tote ended up being 18 inches wide.
When folding your tote fabric this way, it makes the Chevron print appear on the outside and inside. No lining needed when you do it this way!

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The next thing you will do is tuck your tops of the bag and hem
just like in the picture

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You will now create two casings that run the entire length of your tote fabric

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You will need lots and lots of pins

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Sew straight down each line of pins. This creates two casings running the entire length of the tote.

Once that is done we are going to make a cell phone pocket.
Pick which side your want your pocket on.


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Then you will add Velcro, once you have decided where your pocket will go.

Also you can see I still have one long straight stitch to do to finish up my second casing. I did that stitch after I made the pocket. It made adding the Velcro a whole lot easier.

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Once my Velcro was added I finished up that last stitch to create my second casing.
Once that is done, you will decided how deep you want your pocket. I just looked at my phone and judged my pocket depth that way. Pin where your bottom pocket stitch will go and sew straight across.

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Once your pocket is complete you are going to sew your bag together.
Meaning you will sew up the sides. I used a straight stitch and then back over with a zigzag stitch. I like to make sure my bags are very secure.

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Right side out your bag and your bag will look like the picture below.

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now you're ready for straps.
I cut a LONG strip of white fabric. The length really depends on how long you want your handles. Take your strip and fold it in half and then in half again. Creating a very long strip, with no raw edges showing. Pin and then sew.

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Once my long strip was sewn I folded the strip in half and cut it in two. Now I had to handles ready to be added to my tote.

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Now the end of each of your handles will go into a casing.
Pin and sew

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Now to add the flower. you will cut another long strip of your white fabric.
do a running stitch down the middle of the fabric. Pull the threads to create a ruffle

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Now begin pinning and sewing onto your tote.
 I have my flower on the same side that me cell phone pocket is.

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Now you can leave the flower as is or add a little extra cuteness. I found a pre-made green yoyo and a pearl button in my stash. I could've sewn these on, but I decided on the glue gun. Way quicker and I hate sewing buttons be hand.

Once you finish your flower, you are done.
Ready to grab some sunglasses and enjoy the warm weather we are having here on the west coats of the USA.

Want to get some of your own Chevron Fabric?
Hop on over to Stitch Stash Diva and grab some for yourself.

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Now before I finish this tutorial I do have a question for you all. Hubby has been noticing my love for not just bags, but BIG bags. There is just something about them right? They are just too fun! Well while driving in the car the other day, hubby turned to me and asked me this....

"Why is it that women need huge bags that they can smuggle their own child in?"

What do you say to that? I couldn't help, but bust up laughing. So Hubby this is for you. I have quoted you like you pestered me err.. asked me to. My answer is I don't know why women love big bags. I just know I do. I love that I can fit everything in them, maybe even my child :) They are fun and I definitely don't expect a man to understand the awesomeness of big bags. If any of you have some explanations for the big tote/bag craze, leave a comment. The hubbs is very interested in your answers:)

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28 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! Love the idea of how you folded it so you could skip the lining. Not to mention that green chevron is too cute!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  2. This is a super cute bag! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wow, another great tutorial from you Danielle! I just love your blog! Thank you for posting!
    Wish you a beautiful week,
    Hanni

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  4. I love this!! Pinning it to do later. And as far as big bags go...the question is not "why", it's "why NOT??!!"

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  5. Wow, that is the cutest bag I have seen for summer in a long time! I love the idea of folding the fabric over so you don't need to do a lining too. How very cool :) Tanya

    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  6. This is so cute--and I even have chevron fabric coming in the mail!!!

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

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  7. Great tutorial and your bag is super cute! Found you through Kammy's Korner. I'm happy to be now following your terrific blog. :-) Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Sharla

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  8. Love that fabric and the flower accent!

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  9. This is too cute! I love chevron =)

    Visiting from Tip Junkie

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  10. luv it all and so doing this with some scrap fabric i bought to see if i liked it enuff for curtains (i decided i didn't). the big purse i have no idea - i just do. i've tried so hard to use just a little clutch but to no avail, i end up carrying a gazillion other bags. a work bag, a book bag, a what ever bag - it's just easier with one big one. but my hubster asks the same thing, lol!

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  11. Great bag Danielle - and a fabulous tutorial too!
    I'm with you on the big bags - I always seem to end up carrying bits and bobs for everyone when I'm out - helps to have lots of space!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  12. I knew my sewing machine was going to have to stay out for a while... thanks for the tutorial. I don't know that I'm experienced enough for this project, but I just might have to give it a try.

    I'd love it if you'd link up with me at Off the Hook!
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/off-hook-2.html

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  13. So cute! Love the fabric and the flower! Thanks for linking up!

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  14. This is so cute, love the chevron pattern! Now just need to learn to sew....

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  15. Great tutorial! And that fabric is so cute.

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  16. ThIs bag is super cute. I love chevrons and I need to make one of these pronto. Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

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  17. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  18. That bag is darling Danielle!! I love the chevron fabric. So cute! thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  19. Great bag! I love the green chevron pattern. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  20. Super cute bag in a great fabric choice!

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  21. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional! I've featured your post, so head on over and grab a new brag button.
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/05/tuesday-confessional-features-from-last.html
    I hope to see you at this week's party going on now!
    ~Macy

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  22. Super cute! Love the chevron! We need huge bags because we like to be prepared for everything!! Crackers, band-aids, socks, whatever you need we have it! :)

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  23. Green and chevron ~ two of my favorite things!! ;) Featured this today!!! Thanks for linking up!
    xo
    Heather

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  24. New follower from Blog hop, hope you follow back.
    Have a nice day.
    Nan
    http://beonefineday.blogspot.com/

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