Hello and welcome to our Organic Cotton Reusable Shopping Bag Tutorial! Today we will learn how to make a reusable shopping bag with pocket(s) and a matching mini bag to store your shopping bag while you are not using it. This is a great holiday gift idea for the environmentally conscious shoppers on your list. When it comes to choosing fabric that will be carrying your food, organic cotton is a great choice. The organic fabric I chose for this project is from the very cute and new line by Birch Fabrics called Koi. It states on Birch’s website, “our fabric is produced from 100% organic cotton, and printed with low impact dyes.”
Hey everyone! Thanks for joining us again for our last part of our Multitasker sewalong. We are in the homestretch and our bags are almost finished!
Last week we left off with Step 15, where we finished the “box corner” of our bags. We now have our interior and exteriors all prepared and sewn, and the next step is to sew them together. We will make sure our exterior is right side out, with our corners pushed out nicely, and we will insert it inside of the lining which is inside out. We will now make sure our edges are matched up and we can pin our pieces together. I found that if there were any parts that weren’t lined up perfectly, I’d just make sure my front center panels were lined up and that extra slack in my fabric would be made up on my pocket panels – because our pocket panels will be rouched when our bag is finished and the straps are in place!!
In the picture above you can see our next step. We will take our two Floor Insert interfacing pieces and sew them together. I opted to get the single sided Pellon Peltex utlra firm instead of the double sided, so in this step I made sure I sewed the fusible sides out, so both sides are fusible and it acted like the double fusible!
This next step can feel like a little juggling act, we need to place our floor insert into the wrong side of our exterior piece. Make sure it is in nice and snug and if you need to, feel free to use any pins you need (just make sure you pin only to the exterior and not the lining!)
We will now maneuver the bag so the lining is inside, the exterior is out, and the floor insert is inbetween. We’ll do this by flipping our bag right side out through the opening of the lining. Once we’ve done this we will stitch up our hole in our lining, and set our floor lining in by ironing/fusing it to both our lining and exterior.
Above you’ll see how we fuse the floor insert first to the lining, and below fusing the floor insert by ironing the exterior.
Now that our lining is secured, we will topstitch the exterior and lining together from pocket to pocket, sewing only our center panels and not our pockets! Once we’ve done that we will fold down the tops of our pocket panels to create the pocketing for our straps. The diagram picture in Step 24, was a little funny to me, the V-shaped line of one of the creases didn’t really seem to make any sense, so I did what was written and what did make sense, and just fold down the tops, as you can see below. And then I pinned.
STRAP TIME, WE ARE AT THE FINISHING LINEEEEE!!
Okay folks, we are almost finished. We now will take our strap pieces and sew them together, wrong sides facing eachother. Once we’ve sewn up both straps, we will flip them inside out! If you have a Loop Turner then this part will be very easy – I did not have a loop turner, and this step took me a few minutes of struggle!! Once I flipped the straps right sides out, I then ironed and topstitched them.
Now that our straps are finished we are going to secure them to our bag. We will be sewing the strap ends to the center of the underside of our pressed pocket panel tab.
This part confused me!!! I didn’t read the directions right and I sewed both the ends of the same strap to the bag, instead of sewing one end from each strap down! This was a funny seamripper alert!!
Once we have sewn down the straps to the bag, we will now fold the pocket panel tab down over our straps and topstich this down. And we will do this to both sides, and our straps will be fixed into our bag.
In this step, I realized my straps seemed to bit just a tad bit wider than what I had given myself room to sew down. So as you can see in the picture above, I had to just fold the actual strap pieces down a little to give enough room to sew down the pocket panel tab nicely.
Now that we have done this….. WE ARE FINISHED OUR ANNA MARIA HORNER MULTITASKER TOTE!!!! YAYY!!!
We are so happy that we could do this Sew Along together, and we hope that it was helpful and everyone had a great time sewing this bag. We look foreward to seeing the images you submit to us! And stay tuned to see who the LUCKYWINNERwill be. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family to vote for your tote!
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The Violet blouse from Colette is one of my all-time favorite patterns. I’ve already made it several times as-is from the pattern with no adjustments. I love it in dotted swiss and cotton voile. As per Colette’s usual M.O., Violet has a sweet vintage flair with it’s peter pan collar and gathered sleeves. However, calling on the latest spring trends for inspirations, I wanted to transform this classically styled pattern into something particularly on-trend for the coming season. This look was achieved by a few easy alterations that you can do too with minimal sewing experience.
First the fabric choice: If there’s one thing that I’m seeing everywhere right now, it’s chiffon! The baroque floral polyester chiffon that I chose also reminds me of all of the graphic prints that have been popping up in boutiques and major retailers alike.
Making this blouse in chiffon meant that I ditched doing any of the facings that this pattern called for, even the front placket facings since I thought that it would look awkward in the sheer fabric. Instead I did a wide double-roll hem for the button placket to give it stability.
I also decided to make this variation sleeveless for the warm months ahead so I finished the arm holes with double fold bias tape stitched to the inside instead of sleeves.
I also wanted to show off the beautiful chiffon I chose,so I added a few inches of width to the lower back pattern piece to create more ruffles at the yolk.
And while one of my favorite aspects of the original Violet is the peter-pan collar, I decided to ditch it for a big ol’ neck bow; another feature I love on tops. I made this by cutting a strip of fabric about 5″ wide from selvage to selvage, folding it in half, and attaching it to where the collar would normally go. I then pressed and top-stitched the ends closed.
I also decided to create a high-low effect (another trend that’s absolutely everywhere) by cutting the back longer than the front and curving the hem.
I finished all of my seams with French seams (my preferred method when working with chiffon; it’s easy and looks clean) and hemmed it all with a narrow double rolled hem.
That’s it! These are easy alterations that anyone can do!
-remove facings from the equation
-replace sleeves with bias tape
-add fullness to back piece
-replace collar with long strip
-taper the hem line
I can’t wait to wear my new blouse absolutely everywhere!
Hello All! Julia here, and I’m going to tell you all about my experience with the Miz Mozelle sew-along!
First of all, puff sleeves and a peter pan collar on an easy to wear dress? Yes please! Like everyone else I was excited to join the sew along for the aesthetics, but as it turns out this pattern is not only cute, it’s quick and fun to make as well!
I first made a copy of the pattern onto muslin. I don’t always trace my patterns, but if I think that I’m going to make the pattern again I’ll take the time to do it. I used muslin because I had extra hanging around. Then I chose my fabric, a Tula Pink print from her nightshade collection, and a lace-edged bias tape for the trim. I liked the scale of the prints and a spooky motif.
Since the largest measurements listed were close to my actual measurements, and I was using a quilting cotton I decided to make the bodice and skirt a little more a-lined and less tapered. I omitted the waist tie to accommodate my ample collection of belts.
Since I have shorter legs compared to my torso, I also found it necessary to shorten the skirt length by about 3 inches. I might even shorten it by another inch and a half so that the proportions are better.
Overall I only had minor alterations to make on the first go, and boy, did this dress sew up quickly! It only took about an hour and a half once I had cut it out and could focus. I love the results and am excited to wear it year-round. In fact, I liked the Miz Mozelle so much, I made it again!
The second time around I used a burgundy stretch velvet, and trimmed it with an organic cotton lace instead of the peter pan collar. I also left out the key hole and made a v-neck neckline: both easy alterations! I just cut straight from the fold up to the shoulder seam instead of cutting out the key hole and cutting a curve to the shoulder seam. I didn’t taper the bodice this time either, I left it as-is.
I’m so excited about this pattern! I know that I’m going to make it several more times. It looks good with and without tights making it versatile through the seasons, and it’s so easy to throw on in the morning. What’s not to love?
I hope that this inspired you to make your own, I know you won’t regret it!
Sewaholic patterns are becoming very popular very fast! They came out of nowhere and now I see more and more people blogging and making Sewaholic patterns. I am very excited about this! It is inspiring to see a young women start a business doing something she loves and then become successful at it. How cool is that?
Tasia who is the owner/creator of Sewaholic patterns did just that. She started a small independent pattern company based out of Canada and features a pattern line of wardrobe essentials for the pear-shaped woman. Her most recent pattern is the called the Cambie dress, which is named after a street in Vancouver. From work to weekend, this dress has you covered! The Cambie Dress is a fitted, fully lined dress with a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and flattering built-in cap sleeves. Great when you want the coverage of a sleeve but the comfort of a sleeveless dress! It has two skirt options; a full skirt with inseam pockets and a classic a-line. Having two skirt options with one bodice is time-saving (if you plan to make both dresses) because you’ll only need to fit the bodice once.
This pattern works with a variety of fabrics, from cotton voile to wool blends. A grey silk herringbone wool blend says professional, while a tomato colored cotton Swiss dot is ready for fun. The softer the fabric, the better it will work for the gathered skirt. Fabrics with more body look better sewn up into the A-line skirt version.