Wednesday, August 21, 2019

B.E.S.T. Shopping Tote & Stow-Away Folding Tote

I made 2 bags from Moments Designs. Both are free pdf's too. I made these bags using ripstop nylon scraps leftover from Hot Air Balloon making. I have made the Stowaway Tote before using the ripstop nylon material, but I wanted to try making the B.E.S.T. Shopping Tote to see how it would turn out. I am pleased with how it looks and it is nice and lightweight and foldable, while still being able to hold quite a bit of stuff.

In order to make the B.E.S.T. bag I had to first piece together the scraps of nylon material and then I topstitched each seam on the front side. Once I had the size I needed then I could construct the bag. This is a wonderful size bag for carrying all kinds of things. I take it to my quilt and knitting meetings to carry stuff and this Saturday it will be with me when I head off shopping at a quilter's destash sale.
I will make more of these bags to use up the ripstop nylon material I still have.

This is the B.E.S.T. Shopping Tote (which by the way stands for Big Easy Shopper Tote)~

One side with pieces ripstop nylon scraps.

The other side pieced.

Side view. I used this hot pink fabric for the sides and bottom and only needed piece it on the bottom of the bag.
Next is the Stow-Away Tote, which folds up in order to stow it away in your purse or glove box of your car. I used Velcro instead of a snap and added a postcard button for decoration over where I sewed the Velcro.

This is the front and how it looks when all folded up.

When the bag is opened there is a pocket and the flap hanging down. Since this bag folds up flat, there are no boxed corners, but the bag can still hold a lot and it quite sturdy.

This is the other side. I had a large piece of the green, so not as much piecing on this side.
The Stow-Away Tote above is a free pdf on Bluprint (formerly Craftsy). You can get this pdf here.

If you would like the B.E.S.T. pdf, you can join Liz's Facebook group and find this pdf in the files.

If you are not on Facebook, contact me and I will forward your email to Liz. Liz is selling her pdf's through her FB group using PayPal too, so whatever is no longer on Bluprint, you can ask Liz to email you the pdf after payment to her for any pdf's that she sells. It used to be so easy when it was Craftsy and they allowed designers to sell their pdf's, but things change and designers have to figure out what works for them now.
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4 comments:

  1. Both totes are fantastic. I love how bright the first one is. That’s a great way to use up those scraps too. The second tote folds up so cute! Perfect to keep handy for whatever may come and you need a tote. Not just “wish” you had one.

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  2. it is the BEST, great job and fun colors. what a fun story to tell people where you got the fabric from. you are truly a New Mexican.
    Tara

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  3. Thought you might like to hear that the official word from Bluprint is that they still intend to return with a new marketplace for us independent designers. I actually emailed them about it a few weeks ago and the person responding said, "We realize this is a big undertaking and we want to make this right for designer and member alike!" I'm hoping that the wait will be worth it.

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  4. Love the bright colors on your bag!

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