the Great Wolf Lodge, he jumped in and out of Clara's carseat, got tons of hugs....stuff like that.
But then we noticed one other problem....the bag he came in was torn on two sides and totally falling apart. And since you know how much I love making tote bags, I just had to do this.
A Corduroy Bag! Inspired by his happy green overalls.
I used the Reversible Tote Tutorial as my base:
• Read over the Reversible Tote Bag Tutorial if you're aren't familiar with the sewing steps.
• Cut out your bag pieces from two colors of fabric. I used cream colored Duck Cloth (heavy canvas) and green colored denim. You can definitely use real corduroy fabric but I couldn't find a green shade I liked, so I went with denim. Good heavy-weight fabric for a lot of kid-use.
Okay. Refer to the image below as you cut.
PIECES TO CUT
FRONT: 18 X 15 inches (green), 18 x 4.5 inches (cream)
BACK: 18 x 11 inches (green), 18 x 8.5 inches (cream)
LINING: 18 X 18.5 inches (cream, cut TWO)
Front Straps: 2.5 x 36 inches (cut one green, one cream)
Back Straps: 2.5 x 52 inches (cut one green, one cream)
Buttons: Cut 4 circles from gold felt, wide enough to fit over the straps
tutorial (sew down the sides and box out the bottom). Set the lining aside till the very end.
• Next assemble the straps. Sew the back strap as outlined in the tutorial. For the Front Strap, we're going to close off the ends. So....
• Start sewing the Front Strap about a 1/2 inch from the end of the strap (this will help to tuck the ends inside later). Stop sewing about a 1/2 inch from the other end of the strap as well.
• Continue assembling the strap as you did with the back strap.
• Finally, tuck each end of the strap under, pin it in place and sew off the end (using a topstitch)
• And sew the back strap to the back of the bag.
NOTE: after all was said and done I would have done this step a little differently. So. I'll show you what I did, and what I should have done.
• Starting with the cream-colored back piece, lay your back strap so that the handles are about 4 inches from the sides of the bag and so it criss-crosses on the back.
• Sew it to the back of the bag, sewing right over the topstitching that's already on the straps.
Ideally, you should sew a criss-cross on the back, snip the ends at the top of the bag (so that the handle is disconnected), and then tuck/sew a separate handle into the bag as shown in the tutorial. I was sort of able to do this in a later step and had a good "make it work" moment so it's all good.
Now it's time to sew the front handle to the front of the bag.
• First sew the cream and green pieces of the front together. Then lay the front over the back just to gauge where the handles should go and make sure they line up properly.
• Pin the handle in place, so that the ends hang over the green fabric an inch or two (like the front straps of overalls) And sew it down, sewing over the topstitching that already exists on the handle.
• Start and stop sewing the handle about 3/4 inch from the top of the bag.
• Cut 4 circles of felt (trace a cup, etc)
• Sew two circles together about 1/4 inch from the fabric edge. The easiest way to sew circles is to go slow, sew a few stitches, lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric slightly, and do it again.
• Mark 4 button holes on the finished buttons, using a fabric marker (this marks where you're going to sew an X across the buttons)
• Using embroidery or crochet thread and a needle, hand-sew each button to the handle ends (like a button on overalls). Starting on the back of the fabric, come up through the first marked dot, sew across to another marked dot, and continue till you've created an X across the button. Do this two times for each button. And you're ready to sew the back together!tutorial, sew the bag together at the sides...
...box out the bottom of the bag, iron the top hems under, place the lining bag inside the outer back and pin them together like crazy.
Enjoy your new home Corduroy! And be more careful next time you're at the laundromat.
It's easy to see how you could be mistaken for clothes.