I’ve been a long time fan of Joan Hawley’s Lazy Girl Patterns. I have probably made at least 20 purses and totes using Joan’s designs. Her patterns are easy to read and simple to construct….especially with her “no fear” zipper technique! (If you are afraid of zippers, the Lazy Girl Patterns are for you!) One of my favorite Lazy Girl Patterns is the Summer Tote (A13840).
The Summer Tote stands 11″ tall by 15″ wide across the zipper top. It is perfect for the beach, shopping or even a diaper bag. I have made two of these bags for young mothers who wanted a diaper bag…that didn’t look like a diaper bag. My daughter used the same Summer Tote as a diaper bag for all THREE of my grandsons. I’d show you a picture, but after six years of constant abuse, it finally disintegrated!
The Summer Tote is constructed by fusing two layers of fabric together to create the ‘walls’ of the bag. Steam-A-Seam 2 (86948) is used to fuse two layers of quilter’s cottons to create a canvas-like fabric.
With 6 outside pockets and 4 lined inside pockets, there’s a place for everything! The front exterior pocket panel is divided into pockets to keep your keys and other items you need to keep at your fingertips. The taller back pocket is perfect for a coloring book or magazine. The back pocket panel has two smaller pockets for a cell phone…or pacifier! Bag-E-Bottom size D (85916)
adds a sturdy bottom to your Summer Tote. You can click on over to Joan’s blog
to see even more pictures of her Summer Tote construction. And you might notice, she sends her readers to us for the wide Steam-A- Seam 2! Thanks, Joan.
To keep your summer sizzling…Cathy M and Cathy Y have put their heads together and picked out some fun beachy fabrics for a Summer Tote giveaway! The winner will receive the pattern, Sun Surf Sand fabrics from Wilmington
, Steam-A-Seam 2, zipper and pull. Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday July 31, 2011, 10 pm Eastern time. The winner will be announced on our Facebook
page on Monday morning.
Post by Cheryl
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