Happy summer friends! This week I’m sharing some new fabrics I designed, the first is this happy pattern I call ‘Go With The Flow’, it’s a medley of brushstrokes that playfully flow along a white background. The pattern comes in three different colorways (see below) and with this coral and berry combo I made a small lined tote summer tote and also added grommet detail and rope straps.
This bag is fully lined and I made it with the 1 yard of the sturdy Heavy Cotton Twill. To recreate it you’ll need one yard of the same or two pieces of 30 x 19” wide twill or canvas fabric, a grommet kit and 2 yards of nylon rope (both from Home Depot).
Step One, turn the two pieces of 30 x 19” fabric inside out and sew them together like you would a pillow cover, leaving 4 to 5” opening on the side.
Flip the fabric right side out, it should look like a pillow sham.
Step Two, fold it over once more so the shorter 19” sides come together. (In the picture below the fabric is folded over then rotated 90 degrees on the table for the photo.)
Sew three sides together (the 19” sides and one of the 15” sides) leaving an opening for the tote on the fourth side.
Step Three, flip your tote base inside out to hide the seam inside. Cut small holes where you want the grommets to go and use the kit to secure them to the top of the tote.
You’re almost done! Now simply cut the nylon rope and knot the ends once you’ve run them through the grommet. If you melt the edges ever so slightly with a lighter or finish off the ends with hot glue the rope won’t fray.
So there you have it, a cute little summer tote bag to take along with you to the pool or beach!
I’ll share more new fabric patterns later this week :)