How is summer treating you all? It's been extremely hot down here in South Florida! Summer days like these call for a beach day or soaking up the sun by the pool. Of course we need a tote to carry all of our things in, such as our sunscreen, beach towel, bottle of water etc. This inspired me to make a tote bag called Sunset Ride featuring Anna Elise Fabrics designed by Bari J. The Sunset Ride tote is also reversible so you can chose which side you want to use. Make sure to check out the Anna Elise Fabric Project Catalog for more fun projects made with Anna Elise Fabrics.
Here is what you need to get started:
Fabric A- ANE-77502 5/8 yd.
Fabric B- ANE-77504 1/4 yd.
Fabric C- ANE-77509- 1/4 yd.
Fabric D- PE-433 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric E- Denim -1 5/8 yds.
All pieces have 1/4" seam allowance.
Eight (8) 3 1/2” x 3 1/2“ squares from Fabric A
Ten (10) 3 7/8” x 3 7/8“ squares from Fabric A and D
Eight (8) 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric B
Two (2) 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” squares from Fabric C
One (1) 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” square from Fabric E
Four (4) 5” x 18 1/2” strips from Fabric E
Two (2) 5” x 27” strips from Fabric E
*Important you will cut your back bag and back and front lining in Diagram 7. You will use your front bag as a template.
Half Square Triangle Construction
To create two half square triangles with Fabric A and Fabric D, take a 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” square from both fabrics. (Diagram 1.1) Place on top with right sides together! Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. * Important - Since Fabric A is a directional print you will need to draw your diagonal from the bottom right corner to the top left corner for 10 of your HST’s
For the other 10 draw your diagonal line from the bottom left corner of your square to the top right corner. Sew on each side of the line you drew at 1 /4”. (Diagram 1.2) Cut on your diagonal line. Press seams open (Diagram 1.3) You will need a total of 20 A/D HST’s.
Sew the following rows together. Follow Diagram 2 for fabric placement.
Row 1: Sew a A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from A to a A/D HST to another A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST.
Row 2: Sew a 3 1/2“ x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST to 3 1/2“ x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a A/D HST to a 3 1/2“ x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A
Row 3: Sew a 3 1/2“ x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST to 3 1/2“ x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a A/D HST to a 3 1/2“ x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A
Row 4: Sew a A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from A to a A/D HST to another A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST.
Next sew row 1 and 2 together. (set aside) Sew row 3 and 4 together. (set aside)
Sew two A/D HST’s together following Diagram 3.1. Sew this piece to a 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric B. Repeat steps in Diagram 3.1 to get a total of two pieces that look like Diagram 3.2.
Take the two pieces you created in Diagram 3.1 and sew to each side of a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2” square from Fabric C. (Diagram 4)
Sew the two pieces created in Diagram 2 to each side of the piece created in Diagram 4. You have now completed the front of your bag.
To create the handles for your bag sew one 5” x 18 1/2” strip from Fabric E to a 5” x 27” strip from Fabric E to a 5” x 18 1/2” strip from Fabric E. Press seams. Fold in half with right sides touching sew at 1/4” seam allowance. With a safety pin pull right side of strap through. Repeat this step again to create the other strap.
To get the the back of you bag use your front bag as a template. Cut out back of bag with Fabric A. To cut your lining pieces use your front bag as a template use Fabric E. Cut two pieces. To attach the handles to the bag place each end of the strap at the bottom of the bag 3 1/4” in. Top-stitch handles down on each side of straps. (Diagram 7) Repeat this step for the back of the bag. Sew front and back of bag right sides together, sewing right, bottom and left side of you bag.
To create the pocket on the lining of the bag sew the remain HST’s , the 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric B and the 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” square from Fabric C. To create a piece that looks like Diagram 8.1. Next take the piece you made in Diagram 8.1 and sew to a 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” square from Fabric E right sides together on all four sides but leave a 4” unsewn portion in the bottom to flip right side of pocket through. Flip pocket and press seam flat. Top-stitch 1/2” on top of pocket.
Press under unsewn portion and pin in place. Place the pocket in the center middle of your front lining piece. Top-stitch pocket down starting from the left top corner all the way to the top right corner. Sew front and back lining right sides together. Sew right, bottom and left sides of you bag. Leave a small unsewn portion at bottom of bag to pull right sides of the bag through. Place front of bag into lining with right sides touching. Make sure straps are out of the way when sewing the top of the bag. Sew exterior and lining of bag together. Flip right side of bag through the unsewn portion of your lining. Hand stitch or machine stitch closed.
Hope you all have a fabulous summer and find time to head to the pool, beach or to complete some of the items on your to sew list! I am always coming up with new projects so stay tuned on the blog and to our Fabric Project Catalogs! We hope to keep inspiring you to design, create and sew!
Til Next Time,