Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Fireball’s kindergarten was having their annual bazaar last month. So, I did my part by sewing a few tote bags to sell. The bazaar committee provided us with the sewing pattern and fabrics. It is really simple and straightforward, so I thought I’ll share with you my sewing process.
(1) To make a pair of handles, I was given four stripes of 30 x 4.5 cm fabrics. (2) Zigzag finishing at the ends of the stripes. Then on each stripe, fold in 1 cm on each side and press it down with an iron (the width of each handle will become 2.5 cm). A pair of stripes (different designs) on top of each other (wrong side touching), and sew a 0.2 cm seam on the sides. (3) For the body, I was given 2 pieces of cut fabrics, 31 x 52 cm each. (You can adjust the sizes to your liking).(4) Take one of the fabric and locate its midline. Place the handle 10 cm apart and with 1 cm protruding. Then, sew the handles onto the fabric (with right sides/same fabric design touching) as close to the edges as possible. (5) Cover it with the second fabric (right sides touching). Sew a 2.5 cm seam on both side. Leave an opening (8 cm) on one side. (6) After sewing the seams, place them together. Use the iron to press the seams open on each side. Sew 1 cm seams on the edges.(7) Here is how to create a flat bottom for the bag. Align the new seams together and flatten the corners into triangles. Press the seam open with iron. Sew a 9-cm line across. Keep 1 cm allowance from the stitch and trim away the rest. Do a zigzag finishing for the edges. Repeat step for the rest of the three corners. (8) Turn the bag inside out through the opening. For final step, sew along the edge as close to the top as possible. This will stitch up the opening as well.This is how it looks from the top.
Hope you like it!