Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Sewing Machine Has Not Had A Rest!

After sewing together the owl stuffy, I got to work on another sewing project. I was interested in making small cosmetic bags, after I came upon a craft pattern in the Simplicity pattern catalog. I decided to try and tackle the small tote bag. The tote had pockets and a zipper. Two items that I had not tried before. I got busy. I cut out the pattern of the tote. I went to Joanns and picked out an outdoor fabric. I felt the outdoor fabric would be the most durable for everyday use.

Here is a picture of the finished tote and the fabric I chose.

The tote had 15 steps to follow to create the tote. I cut out the material. The first step was to make the hem for the pockets.

I was pinning and sewing, following the pattern instructions. But then, I hit a glitch. I had sewn everything together, but my husband and I could not understand the instructions on how to sew together the bottom of the tote. So, I used the handy, thread ripper, my favorite tool, ugh, and finally figured out what the instructions were telling us what to do. Very simple once I ripped my mistake apart!

Next, I had to figure out how to sew in a zipper. The instructions said to cut the zipper in order to make it smaller. Well, I just did not want to, so I left the zipper alone. I sewed it as per the instructions, minus the zipper alteration. I am happy with my choice. The zipper, in no way, is too long for the tote. I finished sewing everything together.

Here is the completed tote and the pattern I used to create the tote.

Tell me in the comments below how you tackle the zipper. Is it as difficult as it looks to alter the zipper?

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