28th January 2017 5:36 PM / Posted by Minni Patel / 0Comments

Here is finished Tote bag, along with R&B's step by step instructions on how to make this lovely bag. By accidentally one of the shoulder starp was cut which was redesigned with a nice model by adding fabric handles ! This bag is embellished the bag using beads from old pieces of jewellery.

Creation artifacts - Detailed information about above creation

You will need the following accessories ..!

  • 2 pieces of fabric 45cm wide x 47cm long 
  • Packet of Bonda Web fusible webbing
  • Two pieces of 4cm wide x 76cm webbing for the handles
  • Other scraps of fabric with flowers and leaves
  • Embellishments such as buttons & beads
  • Embroidery floss for embellishment
  • Baking parchment
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread 
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board

Step by Step Process...!

1. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric for the front and back of the bag, plus 2 straps from herring bone webbing. For my bag, I made one side plain and one side floral, and I used scraps of the floral fabric as my motifs for the front of the bag.

2. Then cut out your motifs / flowers from scraps of other fabrics and arrange them on the glue side of the Bonda Web (the bumpy side). Cover over the motifs with a sheet of non stick baking parchment to make a sandwich. TIP: Start with the large pieces and then add the smaller motifs to cover as much Bonda Web as possible. 

3. Using a hot iron, iron over the parchment. This will melt the glue on the back of the Bonda Web onto the fabric motifs. Leave to cool for 30 seconds to let the glue harden again. Turn over the sandwich and iron on the back of the Bonda Web paper so the glue sticks firmly to the back of the motifs. Cut out each motif and remove all the paper.

4. With right sides facing up, arrange the motifs on the bag front, leaving a 2cm seam allowance on each side of the bag. Note: I made my bag before applying the motifs but I highly recommend making the bag after, as it's much easier.

5. When you are happy with your arrangement, iron them into position.

6. You can either lave it as it is and begin embellishing at this stage, or like I did, you can sew around the edges to make the motifs more stable - I used my sewing machine but you could also hand sew. I like the 'homespun' look it gives the bag.

7. Now the fun part begins. Decorate the motifs with embroidery floss, beads and buttons. I recommend using an embroidery hoop to do this. I used sparkly thread to highlight parts of the leaves and flowers, then I used beads and butterflies to decorate from old pieces of Jewellery.

8. Now for the bag. To make the top of the bag take one piece of fabric and with wrong side facing upwards, turn under the top edge by 1cm. Iron down then turn over by another 1cm and sew in place. Repeat with the remaining bag piece.

9. With wrong sides facing, pin the bag pieces together on the 3 remaining sides of the bag. Then sew with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance, turn the bag wrong side out and press the seam. Make a French seam by pinning and sewing round the bag again, enclosing the first seams. Then turn the bag the right way out and press flat. 


10. Measure in 9cm from either side of the bag opening then pin and sew on the handles. I accidentally cut one of my shoulder straps so I made it work for me by adding fabric handles in the middle using my floral fabric.


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