Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template







It’s time for a bag makeover! Today I’ll share my easy tips for making a yoga tote featuring an adjustable infinity strap that holds a yoga mat. The Trace ’n Create Bag Templates—Florida Tote Collectionfirst introduced in 2010, includes two templates in the package—and can be used to make six style options. The bag featured in today’s posting is the original Florida Key West Tote. Whether you’re headed to yoga class or running errands—this roomy tote is just the right fit, all while merging function and style.


Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote



Florida Tote Makeover features

Don’t be limited by the six options given in the instructions—there’s more, much more.

  • Updated Fabrics: For this makeover, I’ve selected the Geekly Glasses in yellow by Riley Blake Designs. Don’t you just love it!

Florida Tote Makeover Steps


Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



-       Trace ’n Create Bag Templates—Florida Tote Collection

-       1-1/4 yd. 44″/54″ wide outer fabric

-       1 yd. 44″/54″ wide lining fabric

-       1/2 yd. coordinating fabric for piping, binding, and straps

-       1-1/4 yd. interfacing, such as Pellon® ShirTailor or Lazy Girl’s Face-It Soft

-       1 yd. ultra firm stabilizer such as Pellon® Peltex® Ultra Firm Sew-in or Lazy Girl’s Stiff Stuff

-       3-1/2 yd. grosgrain ribbon, 1/2″–5/8″ wide

-       Clover 1″ Create-a-Strap, two packages

-       Clover Shape ‘n Create

-       Clover’s Fuse ’N Bind

-       Clover 3/4″ Magnetic Snap Closures, two packages

-       Clover Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping, 12″ optional

-       Clover Double-Sided Basting Tape, optional

  • Follow the Florida Tote Collection instructions: Press interfacing to the outer bag sides and side pocket fabrics, trace the templates, and then cut out the Key West Bag—Style A. The instructions guide you through the easy steps of bag assembly. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Add an “inner” snap to the pocket lining and center front. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template




Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Stitch center panels to sides. Then stitch the front to back at lower seam.
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Give your bag body. Cut a layer of Pellon® Peltex® Ultra Firm Sew-in Stabilizer. I used Clover’s Double-Sided Basting Tape to “baste” the layers together. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Add additional support to the bottom of the bag or tote. Cut a layer of Clover’s Shape ’n Create
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Press 1″ Create-a-Strap to a 2″ x 120″ fabric strip. Yes, 120″. This will create the long infinity strap that holds a yoga mat. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Stitch 120″ grosgrain ribbon to wrong side of strap, stopping stitching about 3″ from each end. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Place outer strap right sides together and stitch short ends. Repeat for the ribbon.

    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Finish stitching grosgrain ribbon to strap. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Create eight strap loops. Cut eight fabric strips, 2″ x 4″. Press Clover’s Fuse ’N Bind to wrong side. Fold in edges and press. Fold in half again and press. Topstitch near each long edge. The Fuse ‘N Bind isn’t a must, but it certainly makes even strap loops that have the added support of interfacing.
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Pin strap loops to outer bag at seams. I placed the top loops about 3″ from the bag top. The bottom loops were postioned about 4″ from the lower seam.
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Stitch loops to bag along one short end. At this point, each loop will be attached at one end only. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Place infinity strap under loops. Pin. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Finish stitching loops to bag along remaining short end. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Stitch side seams, lower seam, and gussets. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  •  “Pin” the layers together with Clover’s Wonder Clips. The clips are easy to use yet securely hold multiple, even thick layers together. 
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • The Florida Tote Collection instructions will show how to stitch lining. After inserting the lining and basting the layers together, finish the top edge with Clover’s Fuse ’N Bind. This is another technique I developed, after the Florida Tote Template was introduced.
    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template



  • Ta da! A Yoga Tote with an infinity strap to hold a Yoga Mat!

    Nancy Zieman Sew A Yoga Tote Bag with Clover's Trace 'n Create Florida Tote Template







I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how to create this yoga bag version of the Florida Tote!

Bye for now,

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