Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag (Sewing Pattern)Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag (Sewing Pattern)

Organization seems to be in the air. It’s well known that when we start a new year we want like, new goals, new beginnings and of course organizing things. My mom loves knitting but she always keep her current projects in one of those supermarket tote bags. It’s ok, I have nothing against those tote bags BUT I thought how about a bag where she can organize the tools and yarn she’s currently using so it’s easy to reach out anything she needs? That inspired me to make this cute Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag so she could do just that.

Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag (Sewing Pattern)

Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag (Sewing Pattern)

Please bare with me since this project was made on my first attempt. I created the pattern as I went on so I had to fix things on the go. Some times the photo will not show exactly what I’m saying and I apologise for that but sometimes I took the photo and the fixed and forgot to take again. I’ll try to explain the best I can. 

While i was planning how to make this tote bag, I was unsure about how to make it a bit different. So I went looking for ideas and came across mymondaymakes.co.uk and I LOVED how she used the bias binding on the outside her cute tote bag. I decided that this would be my way to go.

Then I started designing the tote bag pattern, which you can download if you would like HERE

So let’s start sewing and organising, shall we?

Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag with Sewing Pattern.

Supplies:

For the outside

  • 118 x 45 cm (46,45 x 18 in) cute fabric for outside
  • 118 x 45 cm (46,45 x 18 in) cute fabric for inside
  • 118 x 45 cm (46,45 x 18 in) batting
  • 32 x 20 cm (12,59 x 7,87 in) cute fabric for the sides (cut 2x for outside, 2x for inside)
  • 30 x 20 cm (12 x 7,87 in) batting {cut 2x}
  • 45 cm x 25 cm (18 x 10 in) cute fabric for pockets
  • 5 mt (16 ft ) coordinated color bias binding
  • 2 straight wood handles {45 cm – 18 in} OR 2 cm diameter, 46 cm wood stick and 2 pieces 3 cm diameter 2 mm flat mdf circles to make them.
  • Fabric mark-and-be-gone markers.
  • 12 in 2,5 mm elastic band.

Ok so the first thing I did was cutting all the pieces.

Once I had them all cut I started with the inside pockets (piece C).

Fold the fabric lengthwise top and bottom. Top one, fold 1 cm first, press, then fold again at 2 cm, press again. Pin in place. Bottom one fold at 1 cm, press.

Stitch top hem.

Design your pockets. Draw like from top to bottom leaving the needed space in between. For example if there is organizing box you want to fit in then measure its width and add about 2 cm (1 in) and draw the line. Then your pens, knitting hooks and needles, leave enough space so they will fit after stitching. I left about 2,5 cm or 1 inch.

Place the inside pocket to the inside fabric, matching up the bottom line and side raw edges. Pin to secure then baste stitch the bottom in place.

Stitch along each line. Set this piece aside.

Now place the outside fabric right side facing up on top of your batting or interfacing. Make sure you match sides and all edges.  Pin in place.

Stitch the bottom line and the line where approximately would be the pocket edge {that should be on the other side once finished}. You can put all 3 pieces together to make marks and be sure then remove the inside piece.

I decided that I wanted horizontal and diagonal stitch design on the tote bag, you can make any design you like. Since I can’t stitch with the pockets I started the design on the outside only where the pockets should be for now.

Then place your batting or interfacing piece on top of your lining piece wright side facing down. Make sure your design stitches and the pockets are aligned and that all edges match.

Finish the design stitches all over the piece. Set this piece aside.

Let’s move on to the sides.

I wanted the sides to be a little ruffled on the top edges. So I used elastic band.

Match one 32 x 20 cm (12,59 x 7,87 in) of outer fabric with one 32 x 20 cm (12,59 x 7,87 in) of inner fabric. Sew them together, right sides facing, along the top edge. Press.

Turn them over with wrong sides facing and stitch along 1 cm away from the edge.

Place the batting or interfacing between both fabrics matching edges. Press. Pin in place

Insert the elastic band through the top stitch space with the help of a pin. Pin each end of the elastic band in place. Repeat with the other side.

To join the side panels to the main panel, pin one raw long edge of the side panel to the main panel piece, right sides together with the binding strip over the top

Pin the panels together.

Sew around the main panel and binding.  Then fold the binding over to enclose all of the raw edges, pin and sew, tucking in the raw ends of the binding.  Repeat along all the edges  to attach the second side panel. You will go over the handle strips too.

When finished fold the handle strips inward aligning the top edges to the base of the handle hole.

Stitch along the binding.

There you go!

Now the wooden handles.

I couldn’t find them ready at the store so I made it myself.

I found some mdf circles and a rounded stick. Cut at 45 cm (18 in). The circles are 2,5 cm dimeter and the stick 2 cm diameter.

Screwed the circles to each end of the stick trying to match the centre as much as I could.

Done!

Insert your handles through the handle pockets you just made and TADAAAA!!!!

Your Craft and Knitting Organizer Tote Bag is ready for you!

This Knitting Organizer Tote Bag might seem tricky but it’s actually super easy. It took me about a couple hours in total once I had the pattern design and ready.

My mom loved it and I was super happy with how it turned out!

Not bad for a newbie sewer right?

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