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 Collection, first 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.
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
- Start with Clover’s Trace ’n Create Bag Templates—the Florida Tote Collection: Key West Style A. Here’s the list of fabric and notions you’ll need:
- 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
- 3-1/2 yd. grosgrain ribbon, 1/2″–5/8″ wide
- Clover 1″ Create-a-Strap, two packages
- 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.
- Add an “inner” snap to the pocket lining and center front.
- Follow the Florida Tote Collection instructions for easy assembly of the center pocket. Use Clover’s 3/16″ Wrap ’n Fuse Piping to add a designer touch at the pocket top.
- Stitch center panels to sides. Then stitch the front to back at lower seam.
- 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.
- Add additional support to the bottom of the bag or tote. Cut a layer of Clover’s Shape ’n Create.
- 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.
- Stitch 120″ grosgrain ribbon to wrong side of strap, stopping stitching about 3″ from each end.
- Place outer strap right sides together and stitch short ends. Repeat for the ribbon.
- Finish stitching grosgrain ribbon to strap.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stitch loops to bag along one short end. At this point, each loop will be attached at one end only.
- Place infinity strap under loops. Pin.
- Finish stitching loops to bag along remaining short end.
- Stitch side seams, lower seam, and gussets.
- “Pin” the layers together with Clover’s Wonder Clips. The clips are easy to use yet securely hold multiple, even thick layers together.
- 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.
- Ta da! A Yoga Tote with an infinity strap to hold a Yoga Mat!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how to create this yoga bag version of the Florida Tote!
Bye for now,