Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gådeå Tote Bag

Tutorial time,

So excited that the Heartland Fabrics lookbook is out and ready for all of you to enjoy! now it is time to show you the simple steps of creating the adorable Gådeå Tote Bag. Follow the steps below and have fun sewing, that's the most important instruction ☺

Fabric Quantities
1/2 yard of DEN-S-2006 TEMPLATE A
1/4 yard of DEN-OYD-6003 TEMPLATE B
1/2 yard of HRT-85304 TEMPLATE C
2 yards of DEN-S-2002 TEMPLATE D backing and straps.

Cutting Directions

Print out templates ABCD which are color coded for easier understanding (image below) and cut
DEN-S-2006 TEMPLATE A (Pages 1 2 3 4)
DEN-OYD-6003 TEMPLATE B (Pages 1 2)
HRT-85304 TEMPLATE C (Pages 1 2 3 4)
DEN-S-2002 TEMPLATE D (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Cut one 18'' by 18'' square of DEN-S-2002
Cut two 1'' 1/4 by 23'' 1/2 stripes of DEN-S-2002


Step 1- Creating the Frontal Panel
Sew together TEMPLATE A and B as explained below.

Now set aside, and take C and D and attach them together

Now, lets connect both pieces together and voila! We have our Frontal Panel completed!

Step 2- Backing a Frontal Panel Attachment  plus lining

Take the 18'' by 18'' square of DEN-S-2002 and attach it together with the frontal panel.

Step-3 Box Corner 
We want to box the interior corners to get a really nice flat bottom on the bag; this way the bag will have more body.Take the exterior of the bag (wrong side out) and pinch apart the two layers of the bag to get a little triangle on one corner. Flatten it down a little bit and make sure the top and bottom seams are lined up. Hold it tight. Place the bag flat on the table. Take the acrylic ruler with the 45° angle and lay it on the corner so that the 45° line is right on the edge of the triangle corner. We want to do a 4” gusset for this bag, so draw a line 4″ long (with the air-erasable marker) right across the bottom of the 45° corner. Stitch on top of the marked line. Trim excess fabric if desired, or leave it to add more body to the corner. Repeat these steps for the other bag corner and for both lining corners as well.

Step 4-Attaching the straps

Now take the 1'' 1/4 by 23'' 1/2 stripes of DEN-S-2002 . Fold it in half with right sides together and sew long sides.

Sew at 1/2". Turn right side out using a safety pin to inch your way through. Press flat

Press strap so the seam is in the back of your strap. Pin the ends of your straps 3 1/2" in from each side seam and stitch in place at 1/4". Next place exterior of bag inside lining making sure right sides are touching and that the straps are out of the way. Pin lining to the exterior of the bag and sew all the way around the top of your bag at 1/2" seam allowance. Pull exterior of bag through the unsewn portion in the lining. Handstitch or machine stitch unsewn portion.

And voila! You have the  Gådeå Tote Bag ready to use!!


Pat B

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