Here is a tutorial about how to sew my Sock Tote. I have lined mine, but if you don't want to line yours, just ignore all references to lining and finish the seams with zig-zag or pinking or whatever you like!!! If you can sew a seam, you can make this. Remember Don't Panic!! Even the zip is easy!!!
I always have more than one pair of scoks on the go and now I finally have my own sock tote. Please note that this is one of the only things I have ever sewed where The Labradors haven't 'helped'. I don't know how I managed by myself!!! I think I'm about to make a Betty Boop and a Camouflage sock tote : stay tuned!! You can see some pictures of the totes I have made in my Sewing photo album.
- 40cm of 115cm wide fabric (16 inches of 45 inch wide)*
- 40cm of 115cm wide lining (16 inches of 45 inch wide)*
- 25 cm zip (10 inch)
- Wadding (optional - I used some thin iron on Pellon)
- sewing needle
- *Wash, dry and iron your fabric before you begin.
- * If you are making a tote lined with the same fabric as the actual tote, 40 x 115 cm (16 x 45 inches) will be enough.
All pieces include a 1.5cm seam allowance (5/8 inch)
- Bag Part 1: 38cm x 7cm (15 x 3 inches)
- Bag Part 2: 38cm x 29cm (15 x 11.5 inches)
- Top/Base: Circle with a radius of 6cm (2.5 inches)
- Handle: 21cm x 8cm (8.5 x 3 inches)
Cutting and Layout Guide
- Bag Part 1: Cut 1 Fabric and 1 Lining
- Bag Part 2: Cut 1 Fabric and 1 Lining
- Top/Base : Cut 2 Fabric, 2 Lining, 2 Wadding and 2 extra for backing the fabric - I used Lining
- Handle: Cut 1 Fabric or Lining, whatever you like as a match or contrast.
Lay the Fabric and lining right sides together, lining up the selvages and lay out the pieces as shown. The straight grain is any squared off edge, and for the circle, it doesn't really matter.
- Place Bag Parts 1 and two together along the 38cm side. Centre the zip and measure the fabric left at either end. I had about 6cm (2.5 inches). Mark a little inside this point and sew from each edge to that point.You are leaving an opening for the zip. My machine does ending off, but do whatever you normally do. Trim the threads and then baste again across the opening with a stitch length of 6mm (5/16 inches). Press open, and mark on the wrong side where the proper 6cm seam ends.
- Close the zip and baste the two open ends near the tab together. This makes it easier to insert. Place the zip face down onto the centre of the seam, so the zipper teeth are matching the length. Make sure you arrange it so it meets the little seam marks you made. Now pin, baste, and sew all the way around the 4 sides of the zipper. remove zip basting, seam basting, and then play with the zip, opening and closing it a lot.
- Pin the side seam, right sides together, matching the zip seam and ends. Sew and then press open
- Top and Base : I like to add wadding and so I iron on some Pellon, add some extra lining as a backing, and embroider it. I did circles on the base for stability and eyelets to echo the pattern of the fabric on the top!!! It's easier to see on the wrong side.
- Now make the handle. Fold and press the handle in half lengthwise, then open up and press each side into the centre, and then press in half, enclosing the two edges. Topstitch and embroider if you like. I do.
- Divide the base opening into quarters and mark with pins. Do the same with the base. Now, with right sides together match up the pins, even out the fabric, pin and baste and then sew. It can be a bit tricky, but a few gathers won't matter so DON'T PANIC. It will be fine. Trim the seam to half its width.
- Do the same with the top and top bag opening, BUT you have to pin the handle ends to the right side of the fabric of the bag. I like to leave a little of the zip open as it makes it easier to open the bag right side out again. The handle goes across from side to side, not from the seam to the front. The handle edges should be even with the other raw edges. Now pin and baste the top and sew. Trim the seams and turn it right side out and admire your bag.
- At this point, if you don't want to add a lining, you have finished.
- To add a lining, which I like to do now, make another bag almost exactly the same. I press the seam of the 2 bag parts open as there is no zip, and no wadding is needed with the top and base., and there is no handle.
- Turn the Fabric bag inside out, and the lining right side out. Insert the Fabric bag into the lining, wrong sides together. Align the zip opening, pin, baste and then sew the lining by hand along the zip stitching line.
- Turn the bag right side out, and there is is!! Fluff it out, add your socks, needles, wool and take a lot of photos and post them on your blog!!!
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