3/4 yard non-directional main fabric for tote exterior
3/4 yard contrasting fabric for tote lining & foot controller bag
1/4 yard coordinating fabric for foot controller bag lining
3/4 yard Pellon Stabilizer Midweight to Heavyweight white 40 sew-in interfacing
1 yard 1-inch wide cotton belting (webbing)
2 packages 1/2 inch wide piping
1 package Kiwi “Classic” 27 inch (69 cm) shoelaces
All seam allowances are 3/8 of an inch, unless otherwise noted in sewing instructions.
Making Your Tote
Using a ¼ inch seam, baste interfacing to wrong side of contrast fabric pieces.
Add rounded corners to top of all 12 x 10 pieces as follows-
Lay pieces on a flat surface and place the shot glass in one of the upper corners. Trace around the shot glass on the outer corner of the fabric to mark the rounded corner. Repeat on opposite corner, and then top corners of second 12 x 10 piece.
Trim to tracing lines.
Assemble Tote Lining
Fold 31 x 8 contrast fabric piece in half and mark center point on both edges. Do the same with the 12 x 10 contrast fabric pieces, marking the center point at the top of each piece.
With right sides together and matching the center mark on the 31 x 8 piece and one of the 12 x 8 inch pieces, pin the pieces together starting from the center mark and easing the long piece around the rounded corners, working to the bottom corners. If the center piece extends past the bottom a bit, this is fine- you will trim it after it is sewn.
Stitch, using a 3/8 inch seam. (This is important- the piping that you will use later on will require that you use a 3/8 inch seam) Repeat to attach the second 12 x 8 inch piece, leaving 4 inch opening in one side for turning.
Trim any extra length off of 31 x 8 inch center piece.
Clip rounded corners and press seams open.
Assemble Tote Exterior
Using your fabric marking pen, mark the centers of each exterior fabric piece as you did with the lining pieces.
Attach the piping to the 31 x 8 piece- align the raw edge of the piping with the long side of piece on the fabric right side, pinning in place. Pin piping on both long edges.
Stitch in place, using a zipper foot to get up against the welt edge of the piping.
With right sides together and matching the center mark on the 31 x 8 piece and one of the 12 x 8 inch pieces, pin the pieces together starting from the center mark and easing the long piece around the rounded corners, working to the bottom corner.
Sew, again using the zipper foot to get as close to the piping welt as you can.
Repeat to attach second 12 x 8 inch piece. Clip rounded corners and press seams towards center of the 31 x 8 inch piece. Trim any extra length off of 31 x 8 inch center piece.
Turn to right side.
Attach piping to bottom edge- starting on one 8 inch side about two inches in from left seam, pin piping to raw edge of piece, overlapping ends as shown.
Put It All Together!
Slide exterior piece into lining piece- right sides should be together, and the interfacing side of the lining piece will be facing out. Align seams and pin.
Stitch, using zipper foot to get as close to piping welt as possible.
Turn through opening in lining, and press. Align piping welt with right side of zipper foot and edge stitch around bottom.
Slip stitch closed opening in lining seam.
Place handle end two inches from bottom edge and one inch from side. Pin in place and repeat for remaining three handle ends.
Your tote is done!
Making the Foot controller bag
From remaining contrast fabric and additional coordinating quarter yard, cut one 8 inch x 20 inch piece.
Fold contrast fabric in half and sew side seams. Fold lining fabric in half and sew side seams, leaving 3 inch opening in one for turning. Clip corners on both pieces. Press seams open on both pieces, and turn contrast fabric piece to right side and press.
Slide contrast fabric piece into lining piece- right sides will be together. Align side seams and pin around top, ensuring that side seams are open (as pressed), rather than to one side.
Stitch around top .
Turn bag through opening in lining and press. Slip stitch closed opening in lining and push lining into bag.
Press top edge. Stitch around top, ½ inch from edge.
Using seam ripper, open outside seam only from top of bag to stitching line on each side of bag.
Add drawstrings by inserting shoelace end into opening on one side. Run shoelace all of the way around top, exiting it from the same opening that it went into.
Add second shoelace in the same manner through opening on other side of bag. Knot ends of shoelaces together and viola- your project is finished!
Try out your new tote!
Or, flip it over and use it as a cover!