Thursday, 6 April 2017

Shopping tote in 30 minutes

A month or so ago I was contacted by Becki at Interior Goods Direct who asked me if I'd like to sew some items using some fabric that they would send me.  Of course, the answer was yes!

This lovely bundle was what she sent me. 

They're all long quarter or half yard cuts and they are in a range of substrates.  I've got cotton, canvas, linen, velvet, satin and a few others I can't really identify!  I plan to bring you a series of posts about what I make with some of these fabrics.

I love those clocks on the left and the two fabrics top and bottom right.  There are also some great basic patterns in there in fabrics that will challenge my sewing skills!  That London themed canvas shouted "shopping bag!" at me, so a shopping bag it was!

I was left with just a small remnant, though I did use a striped ticking fabric from the bundle on the handles.  I had to piece them whatever I did due to the cut of the fabric, so I thought I'd throw in something different.  

This is the most basic of basic tote bags, made without a pattern, and making up the measurements as I went along.  It's 15" x 14" with a 4" gusset, gussets are a must for a shopping bag.  I made that by simply boxing the corners.  The handles are really long as I like to be able to put shopping bags over my shoulder as I have tiny hands!

Spot the deliberate mistake?  Yep, should have cut in half and sewn a bottom seam rather than using one long panel of fabric as the main piece!  Yes, it saved time but the whole thing took about 30 minutes so I didn't really need to save the time!

Perhaps not my neatest sewing ever!  Sewing on handles neatly is soooo hard.  I decided not to line it, instead I zigzaged all my seams in the seam allowance to give it a bit more strength.  

If you want to see what else Interior Goods Direct have to offer, and I know some of you make cloths and home furnishings, you can find them in the following places:

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Clearly this is a sponsored post as I was provided the fabrics free of charge, however all opinions are 100% my own.


Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Lucky you to get to play with those lovely fabrics! The fabric in the tote bag is cool, make a good tourist bag :) Looking forward to seeing what else you create xx

Rachel said...

You are right about shopping bags needing gussets - and the purchased ones so rarely have them!

Christine B. said...

Great bag Wendy! Nice to have made it for a good cause too! Christine x

RobynLouise said...

Lovely and interesting fabrics. The London one was meant to be a shopping bag and if you carry it with the Upside down side against you then no one will know :).

Bethany said...

So glad you used the London fabric--when I was looking at your pile I thought "Oooo that's my favorite!"

Rhona said...

What a great selection of fabrics you were given! Love the bag you made, it's fantastic.

Anonymous said...

that's a lovely bag. Shame about the upside down side . . . you'll just have to carry the bag with that side against you ^^

Jane Galley said...

It's so easy to forget to do that, it's great fabric. I prefer longer handles too

margaret said...

a lady cannot have to many bags, like you I made the mistake of not cutting the fabric in half on one of mine. Have you to send back what you make with the fabric or is it yours to keep? If I do not line a bag I tend to do french seams on mine

Anonymous said...

Lots of inspiration in those lovely fabrics!

Sarah in Stitches said...

That's a great bag, Wendy! :D