Added Feb 10, 2013
Hamilton, New Je...
This very large tote was straight forward to make. The finished size of about 20″ × 12″ × 12″ yields a sturdy piece of luggage that can hold a week end’s worth of clothes.
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Instructions: I used a serpentine stitch that was built into my Husqvarna Viking SE to quilt the fabric-batting-backing for the two side panels and the one large piece that becomes the top, long sides and bottom.
Next, a patch pocket is applied to the long side, and a pleated pocket is attached to the short side. I think the finished bag would have been just as nice without these pockets.
The instructions specify making a circle of jute webbing to be stitched to the bottom and the long sides. I only had enough handle to make a loop for each side, and the bag is plenty strong, anyway.
Next, attach the 20" zipper to the short ends of the large rectangle. The pattern does not require a separating zipper, but I recommend one for ease of sewing.
There are small fabric tabs that the designer asks to sew over the ends of the zipper, but next time I expect that I will omit this step, since the tabs stick up oddly.
The last step is to sew the short sides onto the large rectangle. I added boning to this seam. I also pressed, then top stitched the large piece, creating the illusion of a separately sewn top and bottom. This created a professional finish, as well as supporting the bag so it can stand.
bottom weight woven with stretch for exterior & lining, zipper, 1" webbing, pellon fusible fleece
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