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Easy Sewing Projects: Quick & Cute Tote Bag | Craftsy Sewing Tutorial

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Need easy sewing project ideas? Look no further! Seamstress Angela Wolf shows you how to sew a versatile tote bag in a flash - perfect for quick trips to the market or around town. Get this pattern — http://craftsy.me/1TkeJil Grab this Robert Kaufman fabric — http://craftsy.me/1R93Q0G Learn to sew simple bags — http://craftsy.me/1R947Rh Get free bag patterns on the Craftsy blog —http://craftsy.me/1TkeTWY Follow Craftsy --------------------------------- http://www.facebook.com/sewingclub http://pinterest.com/craftsy/sewing http://www.twitter.com/becraftsy https://www.instagram.com/becraftsy/ About Craftsy ----------------------------------------­­--------- Unleash the maker in you! Join more than 10 million passionate makers on Craftsy, where you can access expert instruction, supplies, patterns, and endless inspiration to help you make more of what you love. In this video ------------------------------ I love sewing bags because I can start using them immediately! I'll show you how easy it is to make a cute bag in this short video. Hi, I'm Angela Wolf! I'm going to show you how to make a handy tote based on the Barcelona Bag pattern from Nancy Green. This bag is made of 6 pieces, the outside fabric and lining fabric, which are cut to the same size, and the fabric for the straps. So lets get started! Layer the lining pieces, with right sides together. Now layer the bag front on top of the lining, with the right sides of the fabric facing up. Then layer the bag back on top of the front, with right sides together. You now have 4 layers of fabric. There is a corner curve printed on the back of the pattern. Trace that curve, or you can draw your own, with a fabric pen at both lower corners of your fabric stack. With everything held together with a few pins, it's time to sew. To prevent the fabric from embedding in the hole in your needle plate, start with the needle just beyond the edge; back stitch and then with a ¼ inch seam allowance stitch down the sides and around the bottom curves. I'm using a contrasting thread so you can see the stitches - you would use a matching color! Then trim both bottom corner curves 1/4 inch away from your stitch line Take the top layer which is the back of the bag and flip it to the back of the stack. The outside of the bag will now show right side out, and the linings will be inside with the seam hidden. Give the bag a good pressing. The next step is the shoulder strap. This can be any length you want. I like a longer bag so my strap is 28" long. Here is a fast way to finish the strap edges! I have two strips of 1/2 inch wide pre-made bias tape cut 1 inch longer than my strap. Sandwich the lining and outside strap fabric with wrong sides together and pin the bias tape along each edge. Stitch along the edge of the bias tape about 1/8” away from the edge of the fold. Center and pin each strap on each side seam with the outside fabrics facing each other, raw edge facing up, just like this, and then stitch with a quarter inch seam allowance. To cover the raw edges pin the half-inch bias tape along the entire top edge of the bag with right sides together, making sure you are pinning through the all fabric layers. Don't forget to pin the straps when you get to each side seam! Now you can stitch all the way around the bag, using this pressed crease as your guide. Overlap at the end, backstitch and trim. Fold the bias tape towards the inside of the bag, tuck under the fold and pin. You can see this is covering up all of the raw edges and it's a great way to finish this bag! Now topstitch the bottom edge of the bias tape an eighth of an inch from the fold all the way around the bag. Then topstitch on the outside of the bag to secure the opposite edge of the tape. And our cute bag is finished just like that!
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Judy Dakay (6 months ago)
Thanks for your tutorial - i love it- can i use canvas cloth ? And do i need to pre wash the canvas ?
Fatema Mandsaurwala (9 months ago)
Measurements? How to stitch without basic measurements? Mention that first
Bindu Prarthana (9 months ago)
Thank u for giving such a easy tip of sewing a bag
nicole crystal (9 months ago)
# 1 bag # 1 video !!!!thank you gonna make that bag !!!
Fashionable Chambers (9 months ago)
Excuse me ma'am you did not give any size to cut out, wow, how are we suppose to know
Joe w (1 year ago)
That "sew in the lining at the same time" trick though, genius!
lynn (1 year ago)
Ok, I watched it again and I see how it's done.
lynn (1 year ago)
How did you get the bias tape around the handles that are already attached? This does not make sense to me.
TheRockinDaisy (1 year ago)
What size are the four squares?
Diane R (1 year ago)
What kinds of bags do not need interfacing or batting?
Leanne Bandte (1 year ago)
MIND BLOWN! Body & lining in one step, I'da never have thunk it! *Revolution* What a time saver, not to mention perfect fit AND stays in place! 💗🤗 Also love the bias top foldover technique, used it once for an elastic casing around edge of pressing board covers but never thought to use it for other projects! For straps I prefer the four layer double fold method, easy and quick but strong! Great video thank you!
K&K Vids (1 year ago)
How big should the squares be?
Jay (1 year ago)
I was wondering the same thing. I don't think she never gave the square size.
Annette Robertson (1 year ago)
I watch this video and made my first bag in about 4 hours. Thanks too much!!
Kiesha Bland (1 year ago)
What size must the squares be?
youdonthavetogetit (1 year ago)
Don't know why this was so far down on the feed but I'm glad I found it. My mind is blown because I've always sewn the pieces separately. I will be sure to do this but would love an easier way to make bag with zipper.
Just Paige (2 years ago)
Little do they know theres an easier way than THIS. DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNN
Smile Forever (2 years ago)
You are so good at sewing
Natalie Powell (2 years ago)
what size squares?
Patricia OBrien (2 years ago)
Love this easy method. Thanks so much.
Sicily Velasco (2 years ago)
great video! I'm so gonna make this! could u tell me how to make bias tape please? thx!
Lydia Neal (2 years ago)
Really like this bag and method of sewing all 4 pieces at once.   Have you or any one else used this pattern and boxed the corner instead of rounding?
Arlene Howard (2 years ago)
well done tutorial. I wasn't to make a bag for my granddaughter's ballet attire. Also a small version for knit projects. Thanks so much.
Ayesha Razi (2 years ago)
wow...!!!...I  never  knew  that you can actually  sew  all  four pieces together...amazing..i'm sooo  glad I found this video...Thanks..
Molly Lenore (2 years ago)
LOL omg..for YEARS I have been sewing lined totes by sewing the 2 fabric panels for the front & back, then sewing those 2 sets together.. I never use patterns & just now started watching how other people do it. It NEVER occured to me I could just sew all 4 pieces of fabric together at once! Wow I feel so dumb but also so thankful because now I can save on thread AND time haha! Thanks for the video!
Revelation1:15 (2 years ago)
You are THE BEST
Angela Wolf (2 years ago)
glad you liked it :) Cheers!
Revelation1:15 (2 years ago)
+Angela Wolf Success in using spandex rayon polyester tops for tote bag linings.....Your way of making Tote bags is the Best for professional looking merchandise. I love you.
Angela Wolf (2 years ago)
what a great idea for tote bag fabric!!! :)
Revelation1:15 (2 years ago)
It occurred to me 5 days ago that I could buy at the Thrift Store size small stretch top with beautiful designs and cut away beginning with the shoulder, all the way across to the other shoulder, and what I have left is the the body of the lining for my next Tote bag. This video is AMAZING!!!! You are Wonderful....

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