Summer Shopper Tote

By  Rebekah Meier 

Whether you're heading to the farmer's market or perusing your favorite boutiques, don't forget this stylish, functional tote!

  • Summer Shopper Tote
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  • Canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Decorator-weight fabric: large floral, 1/2 yd.; stripe, 1/8 yd.; small floral, 1/8 yd.
  • Dark pink rick rack, 1 yd.
  • Pink assorted buttons, 11
  • Pink embroidery floss


  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and dark pink thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, straight pins

Pattern - Fabric Cutting Chart

  • Size
  • 1. Size is 13-1/2"x15-1/4".
  • Note
  • 1. Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout.
  • Tote Bag
  • 1. Cut fabrics as follows: 13-1/2"x2" small floral; 13-1/2"x3" stripe; 13-1/2"x6" and two 20"x 2-1/2" large floral; 13-1/2"x17", 13-1/2"x5-1/2", and 13-1/2"x12" canvas.
  • 2. Using photo as guide, machine-sew stripe and small floral strips to 6" large floral strip, creating one patchwork piece. Press seams open. Finished patchwork piece will measure 13-1/2"x10".
  • 3. Pin wrong side of patchwork piece to 12" canvas strip along sides, keeping side and bottom edges even. (Note: Canvas strip will extend 2" beyond patchwork on top of piece.)
  • 4. Machine sew rick rack onto patchwork seams.
  • 5. With right sides together, pin 5-1/2" canvas strip to bottom edge of patchwork piece; machine sew. Press seam downward. Finished tote front will measure 13-1/2"x17".
  • 6. With right sides facing, place tote front and 13-1/2"x17" canvas backing together. Starting at top, machine-sew around sides and bottom of tote, leaving top open. Clip corners and turn right side out.
  • 7. Press top edge of canvas down 3/4". Fold down 3/4" again; press and pin in place. Canvas will overlap top striped strip 1/4". Machine-sew zigzag stitches 3/8" from top edge of bag.
  • 8. For straps, press 20"x2-1/2" floral strips in half with wrong sides together. Press raw edges under 1/4"; press. Press ends of each strap under 1/4".
  • 9. Machine sew 1/4" from edge of strap. Repeat for remaining strap.
  • 10. Center and pin straps 3" apart to inside of tote. Machine-sew straps to bag with cross stitches.
  • 11. Use three strands of floss to sew buttons to large flower centers.