Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kate Spade Inspired Tote- Simple and Cute!

Kate Spade is one of my favorites!  I love her purses.  I love her china.  I love her shoes.  I love her cell phone cases.  I love just about everything that she designs.  You can imagine how excited I was when I found this adorable Kate Spade inspired Nautical Tote.


I found the tutorial over at Flamingo Toes, a blog that I really enjoy.  Beverly is the brains behind this creative blog.  You will be inspired with her projects...there is really much more than just sewing.
I decided to use some of the leftovers in my sewing stash to create my own version of this cute bag.  I made a few changes from the tutorial at Flamingo Toes.  Beverly sewed navy and white fabrics together to make the stripes but I decided to use some striped fabric that was leftover from making bed skirts for my twin grandchildren's cribs.  

This fabric was purchased at IKEA and comes in several colors.  I loved working with it because the stripes were even.  Why is it that striped fabrics are so often wonky?  Anyway.... I cut the pieces 14 1/2" wide by 17" high.  This was the largest that I could make with the fabric that I had.  I cut the lining pieces the same.  

I am sorry to say that I didn't take any photos while I was making this because I was in a mad rush to get it done before I left for a trip....does that sound familiar to any of you?

The construction was very simple. All seams are 1/4".  I put the striped fabric right sides together and sewed around 3 sides being careful to match the stripes.  I put the lining fabrics right sides together and  sewed around three sides leaving a 5" opening in the bottom for turning.

The next step is squaring the bottom of the bag.  To square off the corners of the striped fabric, turn the bag inside out.  At the corners, line the side seam flat against the bottom seam.  (Right sides will be together.)  This will form a point.  Check to make sure that your side seam is matched directly over the top of the bottom seam.  Measure from the pointed end, 2 1/2"” along the seam line and draw a straight line across the point at the 2 1/2"” line.  A grid ruler works great for this because you can line up the perpendicular line on the ruler with the seam line to get a nice straight line.  Pin through all layers and stitch along the line.
    Repeat this step for the other corner of the striped fabric and for both corners of the lining.  Press the points toward the center of the bag.
There is also an excellent tutorial at the Lazy Girl website. To see how she does it, click HERE.  In the Lazy Girl  tutorial, she made her square 2".  I made mine 1 1/2" because I wanted the bottom edge to be about 3".

To make the strap holders, I cut one piece 2 1/2"x 12".  I folded it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and pressed.  Then I opened it and pressed the long edges in toward the fold and pressed again.  Finally I folded it again on the original fold.  The  finished width should be 1/2".  I sewed close to each long edge and cut the piece into 4 pieces measuring 3" long.
Because I used purchased straps, I needed to loop my strap holders through the rings on the straps.

I folded the strap holders with the rings along the fold and matched the two raw edges with the raw upper edge of the striped fabric 3" in from the side seam and sewed.  Here's how it looked in Beverly's post.

Finally, to complete the construction, place the striped bag right side out inside the lining which is wrong side out.  Match the side seams, pin and sew around the top edge. Turn through the opening in the lining.  Press well and edge stitch on the outside around the top edge.  Sew up the opening in the lining. 

The original Kate Spade bag was lettered with "Get Out of Town" in gold letters.  Beverly made a stencil to mimic those words.  As I mentioned earlier, I was in a bit of a rush to make this bag and didn't have any gold fabric paint so I used something that I already had on hand....these glittery iron on letters.  If I remember correctly, I bought these at JoAnn's.

Because my tote was smaller, I didn't think that the original Get Out of Town saying would fit well so I decided to use my initials.  I also used a gold button from my collection instead of Kate's signature spade.

And that's it!  This tote is really easy to make and I think is the perfect nautical look for summer!


Feonacy Tyson  August 12, 2016 at 10:59 PM  
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