Wednesday, January 20, 2021

French Market Tote Bag Tutorial + Dots and Posies Fabric

 Sometimes it's fun to switch things up! I've been doing a lot of quilts lately but last week I spent an afternoon making a new tote bag for myself with some lovely new fabrics.


French Market Tote bag tutorial by A Bright Corner


I've always loved choosing a fun liner print for my tote bags but usually the liner is never really even seen! So I designed this bag specifically so that the bag liner could be seen...and appreciated.

And seriously - that large polka dot print deserves the attention!

This latest version of the bag is made with a new fabric line from Poppie Cotton called Dots and Posies.

Dots and Posies fabric from Poppie Cotton - found on A Bright Corner blog - you have to see what she made with these!

The fabric line has over 20 different prints but I chose just a few of my favorites for these projects. I do love that large floral!  The line also has a fun cheater print (the one on the top left) that looks like english paper pieced hexagons. It's so darling!

French Market Tote bag tutorial by A Bright Corner

For the interfacing on this bag I used Pellon 809. It's my favorite interfacing for bags and zipper pouches because it gives structure without making the bag all puffy.

The finished French Market Tote measures 11"(H) x 14"(W) x 3"(D)

To make one bag you'll need:

1/3 yard main bag print
3/4 yard bag liner and handles
18" x 45" piece of interfacing

Project bags made using Dots and Posies fabric from Poppie Cotton - found on A Bright Corner blog with links to tutorials

I also made a small coordinating zipper pouch using one of my favorite tutorials (by Jedi Craft Girl - find it here). 

I used to be so intimidated by zipper pouches - well...anything with a zipper really.  But Amanda's tutorial is easy to follow and makes a great size of pouch: 5.5" tall, 8.5" wide (at the widest point).


Easy zipper pouch - found on A Bright Corner with link to easy tutorial to make this cute little zipper pouch

I used the same Pellon 809 interfacing for the pouch that I used in the tote bag. And I just HAD to use a fun liner print! 

Easy zipper pouch - found on A Bright Corner with link to easy tutorial to make this cute little zipper pouch

Dots and Posies fabrics will be in stores soon, and if your local shop doesn't carry it, check etsy!

French Market Tote Bag tutorial by A Bright Corner

Hope you have a great week, and that you're able to sneak in some sewing time!

French Market Tote Bag tutorial by A Bright Corner







3 comments:

  1. Beautiful bag and pouch, Andy! Love the fabrics you chose. That cheater print is especially cute.

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  2. Ack! The zipper pouch is SO cut in that hexagon print!

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  3. Nice color and pattern choices. I like the cheery small print florals and the dreamy large florals equally. The pouch is so cute, and I've peeked at the pattern you cited. The large market bag looks perfect for its purpose. Alexine in Maryland

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