June 22, 2020

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Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

Everybody needs a go-to summer tote- perfect for a trip to the beach, the park, or the farmer's market. This pattern hack of the Sew Urban Reversible Hobo Bag creates an easy casual bag that is unlined and has no hardware, making it great for a beginner project or something you can whip up super quick! 

The tie strap detail creates a fun and casual look, and the simple design of the bag means it can be made in a variety of fabrics, from quilting cotton to crochet yardage. 

Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

1. Using the pattern piece for the body of the bag, cut two pieces. These will be the front and back of the bag.

2. Hem the top edge of both pieces. For this version using crochet fabric, a single 1/4" hem worked well. For the quilting cotton version, a very narrow double folded hem created a clean look on the inside of the bag.

    Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack3. Sew the two darts on both pieces, according to the placement on the pattern piece. 

    4. Place the two pieces RIGHT sides together. Pin and then sew around the outside edge at 1/4" seam allowance. 

    Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

    5. Trim and clip the seam. Turn the bag right sides out. Press if needed. 

    6. Cut one piece of fabric for the strap that is 22" x 2 1/2".

    Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

    7. Fold the strap piece in thirds lengthwise and press. 

    8. Sew along the long raw edge. You could also topstitch the opposite folded side edge for a more defined and structured look. 

    9. Fold the long strip in half and cut into two equal pieces. Each piece should be  approximately 11" long. 

    Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

    10. Fold 1/4" back on one end of each strap and sew.

    11. With right sides together, pin the non-hemmed end of one strap to the bag side. Sew at 1/4" seam allowance. 

    Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

    12. Lift the strap toward the top of your work surface. With WRONG sides together, pin the front and back of the bag together along the place where the strap has been attached. The end/seam allowance of the strap should be sandwiched in between the bag pieces. Tuck in any raw edges. Sew. 

    13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 to sew the second strap to the other side of the bag. 

    Try the bag on your doll to see exactly where you should tie your straps in a knot or bow. The tie strap allows you to adjust the strap length to be a crossbody or shoulder bag!

    Sew Urban Summer Tote Pattern Hack

    Let us know in the comments if you try out this quick and easy tutorial for an adorable summer tote for your doll!

    Happy sewing,

    Pixie Faire.


    16 Comments

    Darla
    Darla

    June 26, 2020

    I love both! The urban bag will be fun to make!!

    Beverly Voth
    Beverly Voth

    June 25, 2020

    What a super way to finish the look and make your own doll stand out. Easy enough even for this grandma to do and then teach to her granddaughters….I really appreciate all you do to make this website shine. Keep smiling Beverly

    Joyce
    Joyce

    June 25, 2020

    Great hack thanks

    Fran
    Fran

    June 24, 2020

    A good pattern to make with my granddaughter.

    Fran
    Fran

    June 24, 2020

    A good pattern to make with my granddaughter.

    Fran
    Fran

    June 24, 2020

    This will be a good pattern to make with my granddaughter!

    Kathy
    Kathy

    June 24, 2020

    super cute! Ill definitely try this.Thanks!

    Dorisane
    Dorisane

    June 24, 2020

    Great Hack! Thanks so much.

    Laurie
    Laurie

    June 24, 2020

    Awesome hack! I’ve made it the original way and I’m sure this new hack will be just as fun! Thanks!

    Mary Hughes
    Mary Hughes

    June 24, 2020

    Super cute! Looks like a great market bag.

    Carolyn Huber
    Carolyn Huber

    June 24, 2020

    Such a cute and easy pattern. I’m going to make a couple! Thanks!

    Susan
    Susan

    June 24, 2020

    I would like to make this with my granddaughter. She will want to do the crotchet version not sure where to find the fabric.

    Janet  P
    Janet P

    June 24, 2020

    I like the Emma tote – i don’t have plans to sew a tote at this time – maybe someday in the future!

    Pamela
    Pamela

    June 24, 2020

    I have this adorable pattern. Will be trying this hack! Thanks so much for this idea.

    Sherry Campbell
    Sherry Campbell

    June 24, 2020

    Love your patterns and hacks- keep “ em coming!

    cheryl
    cheryl

    June 24, 2020

    I have a bunch of vintage crochet around. Might do this.

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