This tote started with a paper mock-up. I folded up a small sample out of standard letter size sheet and then scaled up its dimensions 3.44 times when cutting the fabric.
So, the pattern is basically a 16″ x 32″ rectangle of tight-weave burlap in brown. I used purple broadcloth for the lining and cut it one inch bigger all around.
A round of canvas strap is laid atop lining, burlap and pocket patch and it all folds up pretty much like a paper bag.
Lay both burlap and lining together flat and pin or baste to keep together. Take about three yards of woven strap and lay this in an oval on top, just like a racetrack. Continue reading
Putting together this big dotted tote – ideal for grocery store or library hauls – was not without incident. Looking back now, I realize I was pushing my trusty home machine to its limits, expecting it to speed through six layers of canvas, loaded with upholstery thread, (and a sloppy bobbin wind to boot). After an angry flip-out, following the fourth thread snarl-up, I cooled down and did manage the assembly. Continue reading