Sewing a Tote Bag
Last Fibre Friday, I shared how I was teaching my daughter to sew as I learn right along with her (she is 10 years old). We started working on a tote bag together and had cut out all the pieces in my last post.
My daughter had a great time exploring all the fancy stitches that are possible on our machine when we made a tea towel and handkerchiefs. She decided to use a fancy stitch to embellish the pocket of the tote:
I had never sewn a pocket before and found the instructions a bit mystifying. We read them together a few times and eventually figured it out. First we pressed back the fabric at the top with an iron:
Then we flipped it over, folded it over, and pressed it again:
Finally we got to the sewing part, which is always so much faster than all the pressing:
The pocket had to be flipped inside out. And then of course more pressing, under this time so the pocket could be sewn on the bag:
Here is my daughter sewing the lining into the tote bag. Almost done!
Here is my daughter modeling the finished tote bag:
I love how great it looks with a hint of the bright colours of the lining showing. As I mentioned in the last post, we wouldn’t use that crazy fabric for anything else.
My daughter decided to give the finished tote bag to a friend for a birthday present. Here it is with a birthday card tucked in the pocket:
My daughter’s friend absolutely LOVED it! She was astonished that it was homemade. We are looking forward to many more mother-daughter sewing adventures!
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