As Summer is just around the corner I have been getting in the mood for a new pool/beach bag. During the summer I find I tote around 3 times as many things (which is saying a lot since I am the mother of 3 boys) then I do any other time of the year. Which means...I need a good big cute bag.
Where did I find my inspiration to knock off today...
(Actually, this bag is from last year's Pottery Barn collection)
I love of pockets. I love all the room. I love the simplicity.
Here is my knock off version
I made mine a little larger then Pottery Barns and added a little bit of added "Tasha" Ruffle.
Do you want to make your own?
Lets get started
Fabric (Decorators Fabric or something pretty sturdy)
Serger (if you have one)
Rotary Cutter and Mat
Iron and Ironing Board
I did not line my Summer Tote. I choose to use decorator fabric so it would already be stiff and hold up better. If you decide to use cotton fabric you may want to line it and use iron-on interfacing.
First up is cutting out all the pieces:
I used my rotary cutter and mat to do it all.
You are going to cut:
2 Main Body Pieces 20 inches (length) x 18 inches (height)
2 Strap Pieces 26 inches x 5 inches
2 Side Pieces 5 inches x 18 inches
1 Bottom Piece 5 inches x 20 inches
1 Large Pocket Piece 20 inches x 11 inches
1 Ruffle Piece 6 inches x 32 inches
I choose to use two different fabrics to add contrast to my bag. You could use all of one fabric or you could change which pieces you want out of which fabric.
Ruffle Side of the Bag:
After all your pieces are cut grab your ruffle piece because we are going to start with the Ruffle Side of the bag.
1. Take the ruffle piece and turn it right side down. Fold and iron down about a 1/4 - 1/2 inch on both the top and bottom. Go to your sewing machine and turn the stitch length to the highest you can and sew along the top and bottom.
2. Take one thread at both ends and start pulling to gather the fabric.
3. Your fabric should look ruffled something like this. Ruffle the fabric until it is 20 inches in length. (The same length as the main body fabric pieces.)
4. Then grab your iron and iron the ruffle flat.
6. Set your stitch length back to normal and sew the ruffle down. The ruffle side of the bag is done for now. Set it aside.
Pocket Side of Bag:
8. Sew it down.
9. It should look like this when you are done.
10. Grab your second Main Body piece of fabric. Line the pocket so the bottom (non-sewn part) meets at the bottom of the main body piece.
11. I wanted 3 pockets in the back of the bag. So, now we are going to measure out where we will sew down the pockets at. I decided to go in 7 1/2 inches from both sides of the fabric.
12. Pin down the line you are going to sew. There should be two pinned down lines.
13. Sew the two lines down.
14. It should look something like this when you are done. (Now your pocket fabric is secure on the main body piece. The side of the pockets are still open though.)
Sewing the bottom of the bag on:
16. (I am serging all my inside sewing so I do not have any raw edges.) Sew the piece together and follow up with serging it. (If you do not have a serger just sew the pieces together. You can pinking shear the edges at the end so they are not as raw if you want to.)
17. Once you have done that iron the fabric open. Then grab your Pocket Main Body fabric piece. Pin the other side of the bottom piece to the bottom of the pocket main body piece.
18. It should be where your raw edge of the pocket fabric is. Sew/Serge it together. Iron this piece open as well. Now, you should have 1 big long main body piece.
Sewing on the sides of the bag:
19. Open your 1 Main Big Body Piece up. Lay it right side up. Take one of the side pieces. (This part can be pretty tricky. Do not get too frustrated. You may have to unpick a little, but that is okay. Read carefully.) Lay the side piece right side down ON TOP of the bottom piece (that is now sewn to the two main body piece.). It should be directly over the bottom piece.
20. Pin it in place at the top.
21. Sew along where you have pinned it BUT only where the bottom piece is at. Do not sew the whole length. Cut out two small squares in the top corners. This is going to help you sew the sides.
22. Now turn the side and pin it to the Ruffle main body side.
24. Now it is even trickier. Turn the bottom piece to the last side you have not sewn. (On this same side of the bag) Can you see how one side of your bag is forming?
25. Pin it down
26. Sew/Serge it down. (Do not serge until you are done and are sure all 3 sides are sewn right and you like how they all meet.)
NOW DO IT TO THE OTHER SIDE! (Repeat steps 19-26 with the other side piece of fabric) When you are done BOTH sides will be in place and your bag should be formed!
If you are anything like me your will let out a happy sigh of relief because you are almost done!
Finishing the Top of the Bag:
28. Then turn it down again so there is no raw edge. Pin it in place.
29. Sew down all the way around the bag. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of this step, but you can see how it should look like in this picture.
Making the Handles:
31. Fold each of them in half. Iron them down.
32. Open them up. Using the ironed middle crease as a guide fold the bottom up to the middle crease and iron it down.
33. Turn the fabric and do the same to the other side. Iron them down.
35. It should look like this.
36. Open up all 4 ends and fold down about a 1/4- 1/2 of an inch and iron it down. Fold it all back up and iron flat.
37. Sew along all the edges. Do this to both handles.
Sewing the Handles Down:
38. Mark the middle of each side with a pin. Then place your handles where you would like to stitch them down.
39. Place a pin in them and sew the handles down on both sides.
40. and 41. You are now done!!! Happiness!
It should look something like this!
Now, you have a fun Summer Tote to haul all your towels, sunscreen, snacks, shovels, etc. in
I am loving mine already!
This was originally posted at Kojo Designs during their Knock Off Series.
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