Monday, March 28, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Tu-tu Cute Tote

We can't wait for dance class at our house. 

My girl LOVES to dance,
and this adorable bag will be perfect for her slippers and accessories.

What you'll need:

- Sewing Machine
- Cotton canvas fabric. 
(I got this print at Hobby Lobby. 40% off coupon this week you can print online.)
- Tulle
-Measuring Tape
- Iron
- Scissors
- Pins
- Ribbon

First things first. I cut 2 separate pieces. Unless you have to I don't recommend this for an embellished bag. If you can cut one piece that is 15 and 1/2 x 18. Then you will sew your tulle and ribbon all across that piece. When you get to the stitching all around the bag you follow the same instructions as follows below. 

Now for all of you crazy people like me who cut two pieces or only have 2 pieces with not enough length in one stretch of fabric here we go...

I cut 2 pieces of my fabric both 15 1/2 X 9 inches

I cut 2 9 inch strips of ribbon, and 8 - 22 x 6 inch strips of tulle. 

First I pleated the tulle on the fabric where I wanted it to fall on the bag. 
Next I stitched it into place with a single stitch and added the ribbon over it..

I repeated those steps on both the front and back pieces of the bag. 

Then it was time to hem the top of the bag. 
The first fold you will do at the top is 1/2 inch. Iron into place

The second fold will be 1 inch. Iron into place. No need to sew just yet.
 I then pinned the 2 pieces of the bag (wrong(not the design but the white) sides facing) to one another and stitched a 1/4 in straight stitch around all 3 sides.
Right now it looks like a very unprofessional bag with rough edges. 

Flip it inside out. and sew a triple stitch at 1/2 inch from the edge all the way around the 3 sides. 
This is a seam technique that will eat the fraying edges for you so you avoid all of the folding and ironing and pinning etc. 
My bag is shiny on the inside because I made it vinyl on the inside, but I'll save that for another time. 
Now you'll make the base of your tote. Pull the sides apart making your tote folded down the middles and make a triangle out of one bottom corner:
It is so important to make sure that stitched edge stays facing the same way when you stitch both sides. 
Now measure down 2 inches from the point, draw a line, and triple stitch across it. 
Repeat on other corner. 

Time for the straps. 
Measure and cut 2 - 5X19 inch strips of your fabric. 

Fold one strip in half making it 2.5 x 19, iron the crease, and then open up and fold your edges into that crease:
Fold in half and stitch up both sides the same width from the edge on both sides with a single stitch.

Attach your straps by placing the end UNDER the hem at the top of the bag while tote is still inside out and pin into place. Once all are in place evenly on both sides of the tote, single stitch all the way around the BOTTOM of your hem. 

See what I mean by the bottom of the hem?

Take the loop you just made and flip it up. Pin into place. Repeat on other side. Then with the tote still inside out, single stitch around the TOP of the hem. 

Flip the bag inside out and USE! 

We made ours vinyl because we will be using it as our Sunday School bag to carry our milk cup, paci, etc. until we turn 2 and head off to ballet class! Then it will hold our slippers and bobby pins, etc! 

Happy Tote making


P.S. GIVEAWAY instruction:
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-Comment on this post about why you'd like to win the tote
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Be sure to include in your comment all of the ways you participated to get extra chances to win!


  1. i would LOVE to have this tote! it's so adorable! i would use it for everything special for my little landyn! we follow you on twitter, and have liked your fan page from the beginning! we follow your blog and read each post every day!! and of course, we love you!

  2. I would love to win one because, having a boy, I lust after your girlie stuff. I would find a way to carry my Bible in it :) I, of course, follow you on FB. Now I need to figure out how to follow you here (I just click the links from FB).


  3. I have been a FB fan from the beginning with the very first of the felt clips!

  4. You have been shared my talented friend!

  5. and the number one reason why I would like to win this adorable tutu tote is....I have 3 dancing girls with an abundance of dancing shoes! They need a bag as cute as they are in their tutus!

  6. I love the tote! I can't wait for dance days with LK. I follow you here and on FB. Love ya!

  7. I would love to have this bag to give to my neice who is in dance! I am missing her first recital and I think she would forgive me if I presented her with this bag! This is so cute and would be able to stay with her for a very long time! I follow you on here and fb and your websites! You are amazing!