Susa Glenn - Large Asian Tote Bag Kit
This classic Asian Design is sturdy and user friendly. It makes a great project tote for hauling supplies to classes. It stands up on its own to make access easy. There is a hidden interior pocket with an easy to install zipper plus lots of other interior pockets you can custom size.
This kit contains the following:
Pattern, 2 bamboo handles, black nylon luggage zipper, 45” of Great Drape! 9polyester braided rope) for the optional closure, 3 pieces of Bag Structure for the bag bottom insert, and Susa’s Little Turning Tool for covering the rope closure with fabric.
In addition to this kit, you will need the following to make this project:
1 yard fabric for the bag’s exterior
1.5 yards of companion fabric for the bag’s lining, pockets, and bag bottom insert
1 fat quarter (21” x 18”) for the bag’s fabric covered rope closure (optional)
2.5 yards of sew-in craft weight interfacing, 27” wide. This will be used as a double layer for the bag’s body and a single layer for th pockets.
3” x 12” craft weight iron on interfacing for the zipper installation.
Liquid starch to prepare the rope closure fabric.
Use a zipper foot for the zipper installation (easy method of installation is included that will end zipper phobia)
Use a walking foot (if you have one) to machine quilt the fabric exterior to the interfacing. A walking foot is also recommended for sewing the side seams ( or pin every 2 inches).
A rotary cutter that will cut a thick stack of fabrics ( and interfacings) at one time will speed the cutting process. Almost all of this project should be cut with a rotary cutter and cutting mat.
Use a household stapler and common scissors to make the bag bottom insert.