Time for the second installment in our TOTE bag tutorials.
First we talked about the Basic Pocket Tote. And some of you asked, “if I sew a pocket to the inside of the bag, will the stitching show up on the outside?” Yes. But typically, the stitches aren’t very noticeable. Just check out many of your store-bought bags! So keep on sewing.
And let’s try a new twist….
First, paint the fabric.
• I used heavier twill cotton fabrics in white and off-white colors. They show off the neon colors well.
• cut two 16×16 squares
• mark your stripes. Measure 3 inches from the bottom and place a mark in the side seam. Then measure 2 inches up from there and mark. Continue marking every 2 inches so you have 2 inch wide stripes. You should end up with 3 stripes and about 3 inches left at the top
• then tape off the 2-inch stripes with masking tape.
• Grab Neon and Metallic paints.
My favorite fabric paint brand is Tulip, matte finish. But you can also use inexpensive acrylic paints. Use the acrylic just as-is…or if you plan to wash the bag at some point (and to soften up the paint), add a fabric painting medium (discussed more HERE—and in the comments).
• Test out your paints on scrap fabric first to see how they look.
• Use a sponge brush to paint the stripes. Allow the paint to dry. Then enjoy the best part….peeling off the tape!
• Always lay a cloth over the top of your painted fabric and iron for a minute or so to “heat-set” your paint. This ensures that the paint won’t dissolve when washed (read the instructions on your paint bottle for more info)
• Look! You’ve made cool fabric!
• Follow the instructions on the Basic Pocket Tote for sewing your bag.
• Sew on top of the marked line and look….you’ve created a box bottom!
• Trim the excess fabric in the corners (or leave it as-is. Doesn’t matter).
• Turn the bag right side out and finish it off.
And ask your daughter to take photos of you “using” your bag.
Then smile when she asks if she can model one of the bags, and tries to sit in the same positions as you.