The Bubble Tote

Sometimes, I’m really glad I can sew.

And the night before I packed up The Bubble Gallery envelopes to send to Jessica to hand out at SNAP, I was never happier.

I just couldn’t send this honking package of little packages to her without something cute to put them in…

I mean, she’s such a good friend and a super,  big help!

Bubble Envelopes

And luckily, I had just enough scraps to throw this little slouchy tote together.  {I hope you liked it, Jess!}

Sooooo unbelievably easy, this one…

A SNAP, I tell ya.

Just cut out two large rectangles of coordinating fabric….one for the tote and one for it’s liner.

Cut out two rectangles

Fold them in half…right sides together and stitch a straight seam up the long edges, leaving the top edge open.

stich sides together

Yes… both sides.

sew edges together

Press the seams open.

press seams

Then, turn inside out, flatten out the bottom and grab a corner… so it’s flat.

Flat like this…

open up and mark corners

Measure down about 3” from each corner and then draw a chalk line..

or a crayon-pencil line…

IF you are out of fabric chalk, like I am.  Always and forever.

stick a pin in it

Stich across the line.

This is what makes the tote flat on the bottom.

Check to make sure the bottom is wide enough.

If it isn’t, measure down another inch and repeat the process… I err on the conservative side.

Why, you ask?

I’ve paid my dues… time after time…

Then, when you’re happy, just trim the seam to 1/4” and then use an overcast stitch to finish off the edge.  If you don’t have that type of stitch, just zig-zag it, baby.

Same diff.

stitch trip overcast

Then, put the lining and the tote right sides together… stick a strap in there while you are at it.

Just cut a long strip of fabric and fold it in half lengthwise, iron and stuff.

That makes perfect sense, right?

Pin together.

fabric lining together

Stitch around the top… but leave a hole so you can turn it.

Maybe a bigger hole than I did.

Unless you just happen to enjoy grunting and cursing.

leave an opening


That’s the key to a nice seam.  Hot steam, baby!

turn and press

Then stich 1/4” from the edge to close up the hole and make it look kinda, sorta finished.

slouch tote

Slouchy baby…

And knotty.

I like a knotted strap.

I cut that strap super long on purpose.

Yup… absolutely, totally, 100 % on purpose…

knot the strap

{Dizzy from that fabric yet?}

finished tote

I hope this baby had fun in Utah.

I hope she smiled and dazzled and charmed the pants of all the cool people she met…

Because I’m 100% positive Jessica did.  That girl’s 4 REAL.

And I absolutely do not need a ruler to be sure about that!

Linkin’ Up:

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What the BOLD ones say:

    • says

      Thank you, Melissa! I’m glad to hear you and your sewing machine are on good terms now! hehehe….

    • says

      I’m telepathically sending it to you right now…

      Now you send me your mad decorating skillz!

      My boys and I always talk about how cool it would be if we had a usb port in our head so we could just upload what we wanted to know… I know. We’re weirdo.

    • says

      Oh, Jess! That is so sweet and totally makes me happy! I hope she loves it!!! Love you, too, my friend!

  1. says

    Looooove this tote! Your talent in matching different patterns is incredible! At first I thought that the light fabric will go on the outside, but this way is so much more sophisticated… and cool!

  2. says

    Love your tote Gwen – great sewing skillz!! Now I want to make one in a bunch of fun colors for summer!!

  3. says

    These would look great in different bright colours for Summer, only just learning (teaching myself!) to sew and it’s great finding new projects to try. Hope it turns out as good as yours did, I can only try!

    • says

      They would, Jill!

      This one would make a great beginner’s projects! Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be glad to help you out!

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