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Striped Tote and Zipper Pouch

By Whitehaus @wecanredoit
My daughter being officially over cute things in sherbert colors was perfectly timed to my realizing that I'm way into them. As a result, this small, cute rug got kicked out of her room and was fast to become my new beach bag. I know it's mid-September, but I'm hoping my love of running around with the stuff I've made will serve as the proper incentive to plant my ass in the sand before it's too late. There's probably a few good weeks left, right?For those of you who used their summer to its glorious potential and are happy for the change in seasons, take the beach out of the equation and it's just a really sturdy and convenient tote bag.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchMaterials-3' x 4 1/2' woven rug (preferably cotton, it's easier to sew!)-used leather belt-1o" zipperStriped Tote and Zipper PouchPreparationStep 1: Start by folding the rug in half, so it is more wide than tall. Draw a straight horizontal line from top to bottom, 21" from the side and cut directly on this mark with a pair of scissors. The fold should be at the bottom.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 2: Draw a 1" by 1" square in the two bottom corners and then cut out.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchWhen you're finished, unfold your material and it should look like this.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 3: From the remaining piece of rug, measure and cut a 12" x 10" rectangle. This piece will serve as a large front pocket. Use one of the finished edges of the rug at the top of the pocket to save you from extra sewing later on.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchNow you're ready to make straps and a closure from your recycled belt.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 4: Measure 10 3/4" from the tip of the belt and cut. From the buckle end, measure 3" and cut. These two pieces will form the bag's closure.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 5: Split the remaining strap into two pieces using a ruler and blade. These two pieces will be used as the bag's handles.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchWhen you have finished cutting everything out, you'll have these six pieces :Striped Tote and Zipper PouchAssemblyAttach The Buckle Closure To The Pocket.Step 1: Thread the leather tip and buckle.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 2: Lay the pocket over the body of the bag in the approximate position it will end up. Then place the buckle over the enter of the pocket.*The buckle will be covering enough of the pocket for it to be securely anchored. The leather from the tip should extend at least an 1 1/2" over the the bag's top edge.Step 3: Once it is in the spot you want, place a small piece of double stick tape to keep it from shifting out of position.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 4: Unbuckle the leather tip and set aside.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 5: Using a punch and mallet, make two holes near the bottom two corners of the leather.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 6: Fasten the leather piece to the bag by setting rivets into both of these holes.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchAttaching The Pocket To The BagStep 1: With the good side of the material facing up, start by snipping off all four corners and then laying down strips of double stick tape along the two sides and the bottom. (For now keep the paper on the backside of the tape.)Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 2: Place ruler over the bag. The top edge of the ruler will line up with the two top edges of the square notches you cut out. This will serve as a visual guide to prevent you from placing your pocket too low.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 3:Remove the paper from the piece of tape at the bottom of the pocket and flip face down (use the ruler to help you determine whether you positioned it straight).Step 4: Fold back the the two side edges.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 5: Remove paper from the rest of the tape and carefully flip backwards onto the bag. Gently beat around all of the taped sides with a mallet to make the folded edges more crisp.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchWhen you have finished it should look like this:Striped Tote and Zipper PouchSep 6: Sew the along the bottom and sides of the pocket.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchAttaching The Leather StrapStep 1: Now that the buckle is permanently in place, rethread the tip through the buckle. Once the alignment is straight, tape the end over the edge at the top of the bag and press down firmly.If you chose to anchor the strap on the bag's front it will be attached to the interior front wall. If you'd like this closure to to go over the bag's top, you will anchor in the the outside back wall.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 2: Make a hole through the leather strap and bag with a leather punch.Step 3: Securely set a rivet through the hole that you just punched.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchAttaching The HandleStep 1: Use an awl to pierce 4 holes (2 in each end) in each of the straps set aside for the handles.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 2: Make a mark 4 1/4" away from each side on the outside front of your bag and place the end of a strap over each of the marks.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 3: Sew securely into place, going from the sides through the center.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchRepeat steps 2 and 3 on the outside back.When you've finished these steps your project will look like this:Striped Tote and Zipper PouchSewing Up The BagStep 1: Fold the bag in half again, as it was when you began the project, this time with the good sides facing in, and binder clip together to keep it from shifting.Step 2: Sew down each of the two sides, but NOT the notched corners.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 3: Now pinch open the notches so they intersect the side seams perpendicularly. Sew each straight across.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 4: Flip right and run your fingers along all of the seams you've just sewn to extend the bag into its full shape.The PouchStep 1: Cut out a 10 1/2" x 12" rectangle from your left over material. Fold in half longways and cut on the fold.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 2: With the zipper facing right side up, place a piece of double stick tape down one of its sides. Lay face down on the top of edge of one of the halves you just cut.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 3: Sew along the top edge.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchRepeat Steps 2 and 3 on the other side. When you've finished it will look like this:Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 4: With good sides facing one another, begin sewing where the zipper teeth end on one side and sew all around the pouch until you reach the zipper teeth on the other side.Striped Tote and Zipper PouchStep 5: Turn right side out and you're done!Striped Tote and Zipper PouchDon't be fooled by all of the pix. These are super easy to make. Also, there is enough material for making up to 2 or 3 bags, even more if you choose not to follow my lead of making them giant beach bag size. The additional pouch uses some of the remnants and takes about 10 minutes.TOOLS*ruler*blade*scissors*awl*needle and thread*leather punch*rivet setter and pedestal*mallet*cutting board*sewing machineStriped Tote and Zipper Pouch

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