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Parisienne Pocket Tote

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.

Patricia's tote bag won our hearts and a whole lot of fans on Embroidery Library's Facebook page, and when we asked if she could send us a pattern, she graciously agreed!

With Patricia's pattern and my step-by-step instructions, you can create your own excellent tote bag. With a roomy drawstring bag sewn inside a sturdy outside carryall, this tote has four big pockets and lots of space for all your important items.

Fabric "arrow"-tip drawstrings add even more interest and appeal -- and make sure your belongings stay securely inside.

With embroidery designs and fabrics you love, your bag will be as stylish as it is useful!

Read on for instructions to create your own handy and attractive tote bag. And a big thank you to Patricia for generously sharing her idea, and such useful directions!

 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.


Supplies Needed continued:

**Air-erase pen

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2 yards cord (for drawstring) and safety pin

**1 yard double-fold quilt binding

**12" diameter round object (I used a pan cover)

 

Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard solid colored fabric (for outside of pockets/outer shell -- I used faux suede)

**1/3 yard fabric (for bottom of outer shell and inner lining)

**1 yard print fabric (for inside pockets, top of outer shell, and drawstring pockets -- I used light weight canvas)

**1/2 yard print fabric (for inner lining)

**1/2 yard batting (I used polyester high-loft batting)

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Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

 


Designs Used:

I used the medium size of the Autumn Rosemaling Design Pack. Designs from the Flutterby Fancy Design Pack and Asian Water Color Squares would be very nice on this bag, too.

Finished Size:
17" high by 11" wide


Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 


First, I will prepare the fabric for the outside of the pockets, which is the bottom of the outer shell. On the solid colored fabric (I used faux suede) draw a 37" wide by 12" high rectangle. Leave a couple of inches of excess fabric around the shape for hooping. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, measure and mark the center of the top and bottom edges by measuring and dividing by two. Draw a line connecting the marks. 

Also, measure and mark the center of each half of the shape by measuring and dividing by two. Draw lines connecting the marks dividing the shape into four equal sections. 
 



Create paper templates of the designs by printing them at full size using embroidery software. Position the templates on the fabric how you want them. I centered each design within each section. Leave at least one inch of space between the outer edges of the designs and the edges of the shape. Poke a hole in the center of the templates and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.  Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 


Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric for the first design by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. Attach the hoop to the machine and load the first design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design. When the design has finished, repeat the hooping and embroidering process for each design. When the designs have finished, cut out the shape.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

To prepare the inside of the pockets cut a piece of print fabric to 37" wide by 12" high.  Align the print fabric and the embroidered fabric together, wrong sides together, and wrap the quilt binding around the top edges of both layers. Pin in place and sew a seam along the entire bottom edge of the binding and also sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges of the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Next, to prepare the top section of the outer shell, cut a piece of print fabric and batting to 37" wide by 18" high. Align the fabric on top of the batting, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along all edges of the fabric to tack the batting in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Lay the fabric/batting piece flat with the right side facing up.  Align the pocket section on top, right side facing up, with the bottom and side edges aligned.  Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges of the pocket section.  Sew a seam along each vertical line in between the designs; this creates the four separate pockets.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

To prepare the drawstring pockets, cut two pieces of print fabric to 17" wide by 2" high.  Fold each short end over 1/2" to the wrong side and press. Sew a 1/4" seam along each fold.  Then, fold the edges of the long sides in 1/2" to the wrong side and press. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Next, lay the fabric pieces on top of the outer shell, right sides facing up, about 2" down from the top edge and about one inch from the outer edges of the fabric. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the top and bottom edges; leave the short ends open.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Fold the outer shell together, right sides together, with the short ends aligned. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

For the bottom fabric, trace a 12" in diameter object (I used a pan cover) onto the fabric and cut out the shape. Pin the fabric in place around the entire bottom edge of the outer shell, right sides together. Sew a 1/2" seam around the entire bottom edge. Turn the outer shell right side out.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 


To prepare the inner lining, cut a piece of print fabric to 37" wide by 18" high. Fold the fabric, right sides together, with the short ends aligned. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only.  Cut another 12" in diameter circle from the fabric and add it to the bottom of the inner lining fabric just as you did earlier.




Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

For the handle, cut a piece of fabric to 22" high by 3 1/2" wide. Fold the long edges in 1/2" to the wrong side and press with an iron. Fold the long folded edges together, wrong sides together, press, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along both long edges.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Pin one end of the handle at the seam at the top of the outer shell with the raw end up. Then, pin the other end of the handle at the opposite side of the bag.  Tack the handle in place by sewing a 1/4" seam along the top edges.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Insert the outer shell inside the inner lining, right sides together and with the handle tucked inside. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge leaving a 5" opening for turning. Turn the tote right side out and insert the inner lining inside the outer shell. Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2", press, and top stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire top edge of the tote. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

Cut two lengths of cord to one yard each. Starting on one side of the bag (in between the two drawstring pockets) add a safety pin to one end of the first cord and work it through the pocket on the right.

C
ontinue through the next pocket on the opposite side of the tote ending up where you started in between the two pockets. Then, starting on the opposite side of the bag, repeat this step with the remaining cord. The two ends of each cord should be hanging in between each drawstring pocket on opposite sides of the tote.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
 

For the drawstring pulls, draw a 2 1/2" triangle shape onto a small piece of paper. Trace the shape onto the fabric and cut out four pieces.


Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.

Pair up the pieces by aligning them together, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along two of the sides. Leave the third side open for turning.

Turn the shapes right side out and turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press.  Insert the ends of the cords into the pulls, pin in place, and sew a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edges of the pulls. And your tote is complete!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered carryall.
With lots of pockets and even more charm, this tote will win a place in your heart and be the first one you grab when you're on the go! 

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Products used in this Project:

A Autumn Rosemaling Design Pack $17.97 - $20.97

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.86" x 9.41" | 4.86" x 6.88" | 3.87" x 3.80"