I think I'm a little addicted. Check out her Youtube account here, or, for the tutorial I followed to make my bags, look Right here.
I had a little fabric left over from one of my bag makes, so cut it into two little tote sized shapes, with lining fabric of the same size.
To make the handles, I followed Debbie's instructions to cut two lengths of fabric to 19" long by 3 1/2" wide...
I folded these in half, unfolded, then folded into the crease.
To create a handle
Which I pressed, in my own, inimitable style!! You won't see this on the original tutorial!
I then sewed a zigzag stitch along the side of the handles
Next, I attached the handles to the right sides of the outer fabric, using my tape measure to make sure the handles were even.
I then attached the lining fabric
And stitched along the tops of the bag, sewing the handles into place.
Like so, or should that be sew??
Now I needed to sew the bag together, I made sure the seams matched,
then sewed my bags up, leaving a small gap so that they could be turned right way out at the end. To make a more boxy shape, I followed Debbie's advice to cut a 2" triangle to each corner and then cut across. Debbie explains this so much better than I can!
Next, I turned my bag right way out
I stitched up my lining where I'd left the gap for turning. I did this by machine as my paw sewing is less than perfect!
Voila, my latest mini tote makes.
Complete with neat lining
I'm planning on gifting my makes to friends for birthdays and Christmas, hopefully they'll like them, or at least pretend to!
I'm off to watch more Youtube video from Debbie. What fun.
With love from the bears