aka "Whatever, They Say That Fat Thumbs are Indicative of Creativity, Anyway"
Hannah, the youngest of us three sisters, has two fat thumbs. I, being the middle kid, have one fat thumb and one normal thumb. Carrie, our older sister has two normal thumbs. Now, I think that we are all creative in our own ways, but I think our "thumb karma" is hilarious. There- our secret is out- and you will see Hannah's fat thumbs in this tutorial!
We created this really sweet looking tote bag out of fabrics that were reminiscent of our girlhood. Our mom was always whipping something up on her sewing machine for us girls- dolls, pillows, nightgowns- and she always picked out fabrics that matched each of our unique personalities. Just one more reason we love ya' so much, momma!
This tote has four outer pockets (two on each side). After documenting the process, we realized this may not be a "beginner" project. You may need to know some terms like back stitch, and top stitch, and ... oh- we'll see. Give us feedback in the comment section about how we could've made it easier, better, or whatever.
- fabric (we used 3 different styles to create this look)
- fusible fleece (or interfacing)
- sewing machine
- ironing board and iron
1) Measure and cut your fabric pieces
also, cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece at 18"x20"
and 2 pieces at "14x18" (for pockets)
4) Iron the 14"x18" fusible fleece to the pocket fabrics that you have just created
*make sure that the glue dots are touching the WRONG SIDE of the fabric
*it was about this time that Hannah became embarrassed of her ironing board cover and wanted me to ask the blogging community if there were any good tutorials on making a new one- we're not big fans of pastel plaids!
5) Iron the 2 18"x20" fusible fleece to the main bag fabric (in our case, the gingham)
6) Now we are going to create a "backing" or lining for the pockets in the red fabric;
sew red pocket liners (2 pieces of 14"x18") to top of pockets, fold over, and press seam:
16) Sew all along the top, back stitching when you sew over the handles (this reinforces them and makes them stronger)
17) Here comes the fun part! Turn bag inside out by pulling the bag (gingham) through the liner (red):