Monday, April 14, 2014

Kona Club Challenge - Divided Tote by Rebecca

Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch, took the Kona Club Challenge this month. Rebecca used the colors we sent out in February 2014 for  Kona Club and made this great Divided Tote! We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own! We are giving away the fat quarters that Rebecca used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!

Don't forget to follow Our Busy Little Bunch for more inspiration and great projects!






Divided Tote

Hi, my name is Rebecca. I run a blog called Our Busy Little Bunch where I share my projects, connect with other crafters and bloggers, and give a glimpse into my life. I have a supportive husband, and together we've been blessed with four little people. Quilting and sewing are my crafts of choice and I find that having a creative outlet keeps me more balanced and excited for life in the midst of cleaning house, laundry, cooking, and taking care of the needs of my family.

After Sew Sisters asked me to do a tutorial using one of their Kona Club fat quarter bundles, I couldn't pass up this bundle featuring Kona Violet, Caribbean, Cerise, and Canary.  I also added a fat quarter of Kona White.


This tote has been on my mind for quite awhile, and after reading and understanding the divider instructions in a different type of free project online, I was ready to give it a try.  My vision was to use mine as a gym bag (it fits my runners nicely on one half), but I also have found myself using it for training at my new job this week (keeps my lunch separate from my wallet and other stuff), and my daughter uses the one I made her for her knitting projects.


So let's get started!

You will Need:

Cut:


Interface:

  • All main exterior and lining pieces - but cut them 13.5" instead of 14" and fuse to bottom edge (this leaves 1/2" of top edge not interfaced, which makes pressing and assembling the bag later much easier)
  • Both divider pieces
  • Half of both pocket pieces (cut both pieces 5" x 6") and fuse to one half


Assemble your Straps:

Sew short ends of the three strips together with 1/4" seam. Press seams. Now press the entire long strip in half. Open up, and press outer edges to center. Fold and press entire strap in half. You should now have a long strap that is four times thickness and 1.5" wide. Top-stitch the strap with multiple lines of stitching - I've done 6 rows on mine, with a bit of a longer stitch length. When done, cut long strap into two equal length smaller straps (approx 25" length each). Put aside.


Assemble Outer Bag:

Put your two main exterior pieces right sides together and stitch side seams only with a 1/2" seam. Flip right-side out and give a quick press, and then put wrong side out again.  Match the two seams together on the bottom of the bag, and pin. Sew bottom seam with 1/2" seam allowance.


Box Bottom Corners:

Grab a bottom corner, and with seam side up, center seam. Using a ruler, mark a line where the width is 6". Sew on this line. Cut off excess fabric from corner. Repeat for opposite side.


Attach Straps:

Turn bag right-side out. Pin straps two inches from center seam on each side. Stitch securely 1/4" from top of bag. Put exterior bag aside for now.


Assemble and Attach Pockets:

Fold pockets in half right-sides together so they measure 6" x 5". Sew side seams with 1/4" seam allowance. Trim corners. Turn right-side out and push out corners. Press. Fold in open edge about 1/2" and press.  Decide which piece of interior main fabric will have pockets on it. Pin pockets 3" from top of lining, and 3/4" from side of lining (with open seams at bottom of pockets). Top-stitch sides and bottom of pockets (this will close the open seam at bottom at the same time).


Assemble and Attach Divider:

Put divider pieces right sides together. Sew short edges with 1/2" seam allowance. Turn right-side out, press and top-stitch.


Place divider 1.5" from top edge on one lining main piece (place opposite colors against each other). Place second main lining piece on top, right-sides together, and pin.


Now do the same for the other unfinished edge of divider - sandwich it between the right-sides of the other sides of the lining pieces and pin.  Sew both seams with 1/2" seam allowance. Trim seams to 1/4" to remove some bulk.


(this is what your lining should have looked like right after pinning the two seams):


Assemble Lining:

Use the same steps as for the exterior of the bag - match center bottom seam, sew bottom seam closed, and box out bottom corners.



Assemble Bag:

Press the upper edge to wrong side of both the exterior and lining. This should be easy with no need to measure since you cut the interfacing a half inch shorter than the height of the bag.


Place the bag lining into the bag and push into corners. Match center seams first and pin, and then pin the entire top edge. Top-stitch from the inside of the bag close to the top edge.


And there you have it - your finished divided tote!


Thanks for stopping by to read this tutorial! And thank-you to Sew Sisters for asking me to contribute, it was a lot of fun!



Giveaway!  This Giveaway is CLOSED

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Rebecca used to make her Divided Tote!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.



If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Wednesday, April 16th, 2014.
Winner will be announced Thursday, April 17th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Divided Tote!

Click here for more details on Kona Club. 

81 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, that's a great idea for a tote. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!

Gill said...

Love love this tote!
I shall definitely be making one!

Audrey said...

Well done, Rebecca! Love the colours and the tote!

Hazel said...

The bag is really pretty and so useful.I can see myself using it for sewing projects.

Vicki in MN said...

Very neat bag, love the colors too!

Marti Dyer-Allison said...

I'm looking for a tote to make for Earth Day, April 22. This would be a great one!

Audrey said...

This is a great tote, Rebecca. Whether I am drawn or not for the giveaway, I will be making one. Your idea of keeping your gym shoes separate from your wallet, etc. is just what I need when I substitute teach. Thank you for the tutorial.

Lori K said...

I would love to win those gorgeous colors! And I now have the tote on my to-do list.

Nancy said...

Wow! Beautiful! :)

ErinMG said...

I can't wait to sew this tote! Now I just have to get through another 10 hours of work! Erin

ErinMG said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Carmen N said...

Thank you for the tutorial - I want to make a bunch of these for my knit/crochet project bags!

karen estabrooks said...

Looks like a fun project

heather said...

This is awesome ! Will be making it for sure....and thank you for the draw opportunity !

Emily C said...

I love the colors you picked. Next tote I make, I will try this one. I love the divider, so useful.

Royette Jensen said...

Great idea for fat quaters. Will need to try it soon!!!

Michelle Yvonne said...

I love making totes and the colour combination used in this one is fabulous!!!

VickiT said...

I've been waiting for this to post after seeing it on Rebecca's blog saying it would be here soon. LOVE the tote and the colors are just perfect. Thank you so much.

Nita said...

That is a very cute little bag :)

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

What a cute tote! I love the bright colors!

Doreen Mattatall said...

is Spring really here?? - this would make a great beach bag!

The Lone Reader said...

I love the happy colours!

PegP said...

Love the colours. Nice job Rebecca!

judys said...

Love the multicolor idea! Great use of fabrics, thank you for the wonderful pattern.

lil'monkeysmama said...

I love this tote! I adore the colours!

delaineelliott said...

This tote is just what I am looking for. I will have to make one!

Jo said...

I love the colours! I am forever losing things in my bag, perhaps a bag with a divider would be more useful! Great project, thanks for sharing.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

thank you, thank you!! for the tutorial and the give away!!

vkh6210 said...

Love the colors. So springy. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway.

Sewnuts said...

Great tutorial - now I want to make one ...or maybe more! Lovely colours also!

Michelle G said...

Great colors!

Patti said...

Wow! I love this idea! And I love Kona quality!

Vicki H said...

Love the bright colors of the tote. Great tutorial. Thanks.

Nancy said...

Have always wondered how to do a divided tote. Thanks for the tutorial and love the colour choice.

Janarama said...

Your tote bag is really pretty and useful for so many things. Thank you for the great tutorial. Another thing to add to my list of things to make. :)

Marjorie Nath said...

I could really use several of those totes. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.
thelady at hotmail.com

Terri van Gulik said...

I will have to give it a try. Love your color choices.

Michele T said...

I really need to make some of these!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial... not only is it easy to read and follow, but the pictures clearly show me what I need to do! Thank you - thank you!!

Patricia Dandridge said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Love this bag! Great idea for the gym...and for lunch...and maybe to carry sewing supplies to the next class. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

Joyce said...

I have been wanting a divided tote to carry my stuff for school, This seems doable. Thanks,

Nana-Bob said...

Great tutorial and love the solids. Thanks for the chance! :)

Colleen said...

Great tutorial! Thanks!

Linda said...

Love this tote. I plan to make this tote and love the tutorial. Thanks for posting it.

Kathy MacKie said...

I like the idea of a divider, thanks for the chance to win.

Maureen Williamson said...

That is a fabulous tote & a wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much for a chance at the give-away!
Maureen
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

OhioLori said...

Oh my gosh!! LOOOOOOOOVE this Tote!! Thank you for the Tutorial...so easy to understand!! Definitely goin' to make one for ME!! lol And then one for each of my Daughters!! (shhhh...secret surprse...)

Beth said...

I would love to make one of these!

Heather Noordermeer said...

Nice bag! Great idea with two sides.

Rhonda D. said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I plan on making one of these totes!

darlene macdonald said...

Love the tote! Colors are definitely wonderful for spring!!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Corné said...

What a great tote! Love the colours (great picture for inspiration!!)
Can't wait to get sewing this! Thanks for detailed instructions

Gamma's Sewing Room said...

Great toot! Thanks. Don't ya just love kona!
contentncm at yahoo dot com

Aggie said...

I like the tote - will have to try it sometime

Digiscrapations said...

Love the tote! Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win.

Will Cook for Shoes said...

I love these divided totes! Need to get a few made for some organizing over here!!

tgallop@mts.net
www.willcookforshoes.ca

Cloud 9 said...

Great tutorial! I'm definitely making one of these. Probably more than one. LOL.

Kathy said...

love the patterns and colors scream summer

Anita said...

Great tote; fantastic colors and design!

Kalynn's Creations said...

love the tote!

Cathy said...

Great teacher gift idea, thank you

Anja said...

Great tote. Thanks for the tutorial (and give-away).

PeggyinNO said...

Thank you Rebecca for a great tutorial!! I am definitely making this, today, as a matter of fact! Why wait?!? LOL!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Very nice divided tote. I am going to try to make one soon. Sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

2D Girl said...

I'm going to make this beauty and use it at work to schlep my things from meeting to meeting. The divider is fabulous!

Glenice Davidson said...

The tote looks sturdy, looks like it would be great on holidays to drag everything you need for a beach day.
glenice

Sarah said...

This is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for the tutorial, and the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

Kay said...

This has to be inn elf the most useful and best written tutorials I have seen. Thanks so much for this.

Karla said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Karla said...

Love it! the divider is great to keep dirty shoes off of clean clothes.

Karen said...

Great tutorial. This bag would be great for carrying my crochet projects in the car.

Julie said...

This is a great tutorial! I love the idea of a divided bag.

Lynne Tilley said...

Oh my goodness, I want to make that tote! Thanks for the great tutorial and the great giveaway!!

Mrs Quinn said...

A beautiful tote and a perfect idea for the kona. Thanks for sharing and the chance!

Crickett said...

Love this tote! I make totes for friends but have never tried a divided one. I would love to add these fabrics to my stash!

SarahQuilts said...

Great pattern! I made a pile of totes last year, and this reminds me that I could use a few more.

GrannyTo8Boys said...

This looks easy when you do it. I may just try one myself. I would love to win those solids. I love solids.

GrannyTo8Boys said...

This looks easy when you do it. I may just try one myself. I would love to win those solids. I love solids.

Marie said...

Love this pattern! Just the ticket for a bright Spring shopping day at the local quilt store! Thanks for the chance to win those fabrics!

Lorraine Clark said...

Great pattern. I have been looking for a divided tote pattern. Great colors.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Great tutorial and I love how Rebecca chose her fabrics! Such a fun idea!

Erin McSweeney said...

i love this tote awesome thanks for the giveaway

erin2470@hotmail.com