What’s the difference between a handbag and a tote? Namely, space! The featured Innovative Bags & Totes technique that I’d like to share with you is the Drawcord-Top Bag. It’s this week’s Sewing With Nancy streaming video feature and the second program of my 2-part series.
Start with a very basic handbag pattern or template. I used the Trace ‘n Create Bag Template—City Bag Collection.
Here’s one of the City Bag versions without the drawcord-top conversion. Handbag size, not tote size! Adding the drawcord top is like adding a second story to a house.
You’ll need extra fabric and supplies. Find specific details in the book that accompanies this series. Here’s a quick review:
- Two packages of 1″ Create-a-Strap
- 1/2 to 3/4 yards of additional fabric (Yardage will vary depending upon size of bag or tote.)
- Two yards of drawcord
- Instead of adding straps at the top of bag as indicated on pattern/template, add the straps to the body of the bag.
- Create a drawcord closure. Measure the top width of front bag. Example 16″. Cut two rectangles the width (16″) x the length measurement + 2″ (18″).
- Create the tote part of the bag with upper casing as detailed in the streaming video and Innovative Bags & Totes book.
- Stitch the drawcord section to the lining.
It took me three tries to get the right dimensions! (Anybody need a drawcord bag that’s not quite right?)
What’s your favorite technique?
For a chance to win a copy of the Innovative Bags & Totes book, let me know which bag or tote option is your favorite. (Watch the show online or on PBS in order to vote!) Leave a comment below and we’ll choose a random winner on August 23.
Bye for now,