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Pom Pom Trim Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial

Over the past few weeks I have been sharing with you the pretty coin purse, lace zip pencil case, pom pom trim ipad cover and pretty covered button bobby pins I made my eldest niece Molly for Christmas. So in the final installment of Molly's 'Pretty pastel collection' I am sharing my Pom Pom Trim Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial...

A pretty patchwork tote with pom pom trim, herringbone tape handles edged with mini pom pom trim and a button and loop fastening at the front. The bag is fully lined with added cotton wadding for structure.

Check out my sewing techniques for extra tips on :
How to cut and sew bias strips
How to make bias binding with a bias binding maker
How to make a covered button with a button kit

1 Tote Bag

How-to step by step

  • Pretty tote tutorial - what you will need

    Step 1

    Cut out the following pieces as illustrated above. Iron fusible interfacing to the back of the four main pieces.

  • Pretty tote tutorial - what you will need

    Step 2

    Cut out the following as above

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 1

    Step 3

    Pin the pom pom trim at the top of the front panel, so that the tape sits in the centre of the 1cm seam allowance.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 2

    Step 4

    Baste stitch the pom pom trim in place.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 3

    Step 5

    Pin the front top panel to the front lower panel, right sides together.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 4

    Step 6

    Using a 1cm seam allowance stitch the front panels together.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 5

    Step 7

    Press the seam upwards

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 6

    Step 8

    Place the stitched front panel on top of the cotton wadding front piece. Pin to secure in place.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 7

    Step 9

    Top stitch 6mm above front seam.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 8

    Step 10

    Baste stitch the wadding to the front stitched panels.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 9

    Step 11

    Repeat steps 3 to 11 with the back pieces. Pin the stitched front panel to the back stitched panel, right sides together.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 10

    Step 12

    Using a 1cm seam allowance, stitch the front panels to the back panels, along sides and base.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 11

    Step 13

    At the left bottom corner of the bag, match the side seam with the bottom seam. Flatten and finger press the creases. It should form a triangle. Draw a line 5cm up from the tip.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 12

    Step 14

    Stitch along the line you marked.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 13

    Step 15

    Trim off the corner point, leaving a small seam allowance. Repeat with other bottom corner.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 14

    Step 16

    Turn bag the right side out and leave to one side whilst you work on the lining.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 15

    Step 17

    Pin the front lining to the back lining. Using a 1cm seam allowance, stitch the front panels to the back panels, along sides and base.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 16

    Step 18

    At the left bottom corner of the bag, match the side seam with the bottom seam. Flatten and finger press the creases. It should form a triangle. Draw a line 5cm up from the tip. Stitch along the line you marked. Trim off the corner point, leaving a small seam allowance. Repeat with other bottom corner.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 17a

    Step 19

    Place the lining inside the outer bag, wrong sides together. Matching up the side seams, and raw edges at top.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 17

    Step 20

    Baste stitch the two together around bag opening.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 19

    Step 21

    Place the small pom pom trim between the two pieces of tape. Pin to secure and stitch the straps together making sure to catch in the pom pom trim.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 18

    Step 22

    Repeat with the other side so the strap has pom pom trim either side. Repeat steps 21 to 22 with other strap.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 20

    Step 23

    Pin raw ends of one strap to the inside of the bag at the back panel. Baste stitch in place.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 21

    Step 24

    Fold the elastic loop in half and pin in the centre of the strap lining up the raw edges. Baste stitch in place. Pin and baste stitch remaining handle to the inside of the bag on the front panel.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 22

    Step 25

    Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Unfold and then bring the long edges in to meet the center crease. Press again. Refold on the original crease and press again or use a bias binding maker. Turn the end of the bias binding strip up 5mm for a neat finish and pin to the outside of the bag, wrapping the end so it just covers where you started.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 23

    Step 26

    Stitch the binding to the bag using a 9mm seam allowance, backstitching at the start and finish.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 24

    Step 27

    Fold the binding over to the inside and pin in place. Top stitch binding down.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 25

    Step 28

    Pull the handles and loop upwards, pin in place. Bar tack the handles and loop in place.

  • Pretty tote sewing tutorial 26

    Step 29

    Hand stitch the covered button to the front of the bag. Placement is at centre front and about 2.5cm down from the top edge.

  • Pretty tote tutorial - finished size

    Step 30

    Your new bag is now ready to be used.

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