According to some on-line research, there is a difference between a tote and a bag.
It is a small difference, but a difference all the same.
Apparently, a tote bag is a large bag, with two handles.
Totes are usually made from cloth.
A tote has no interior or exterior pockets.
It’s purpose is to “tote” things around.
On the other hand, a handbag is usually smaller to medium-size.
It can have one or two handles.
It’s purpose is meant to carry around personal, everyday things.
The bag I made today is medium-size.
It’s made from cloth and has two handles.
It does however, have two pockets.
Bag or Tote?
One of my goals is to use my fabric stash.
I have quite a few floral prints, so I decided to put some
together to see what I could make.
I started out by cutting fabric into 2.5 inch squares.
I had enough yellow floral fabric to make a 18 in. x 18 in. lining,
so I made four, 4-squares for each side.
I made a 2.5 inch border from fabric I had used to make a quilt.
I added denim from the fabric my sister gave me.
This is the third bag I have made from this denim.
I think there is enough to make 2 more.
I cut the lining and make 8.5 inch pockets.
Then I sewed the two sides and the bottom of the lining using a 1/2 inch seam.
I left a 4 inch slit at the bottom in order to pull the bag through.
I set the pockets six inches from the bottom of the lining
and drew a line in the center.
I drew a line .25 inches from the raw edges of the pocket and attach it to the centered line.
I drew a 2.5 inch square at both bottom lining corners.
I matched the seams and cut on the block line.
This procedure boxes the corners.
I had originally cut two 4 inch strips to make the handles.
Then I decided to cut the strips into 2.5 inch strips and sew the length of the strips together.
I folded the sewn strips in half and pressed.
Then I opened them up and folded each side up to the middle line.
I inserted a 1 1/4 inch strip of batting on the denim side, folded, pressed, and pinned.
I sewed a 1/8 seam to close the strips.
Then I sewed a 1/4 inch seam along both sides.
I liked the two different colors for the handles.
I cut the strip into handles measuring 24 inches.
I stitched in the ditch.
I also added a bird button in the center on one side, and a flower button on the other side.
Place the panels, right side together and sew along the two sides and bottom.
Follow the same procedure for boxing the edges.
I used the denim border seams to center the handles.
Place the quilted bag into the lining, right sides together.
Make sure the handles are between the lining and the quilted bag.
Sew a 1/2 inch seam all around the top.
Pull the quilted bag through the slit.
Slip stitch the slit.
I press the lining before I tuck it back into the bag.
Then I sew a 1/8 inch seam along the top.