Assignment 7: Basic Sewing


Creating a Reversible Tote

Materials

Materials Required

This project requires fabric, sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins and thread.

Step 1

Step 1

Pre-wash and dry fabric. I chose 100% cotton for this project. I selected colors and patterns that would not only look nice together but also provide contrast between the outer side and the lining of the tote.

Step 2

Step 2

Iron the fabric to prepare for cutting out pieces using pattern.

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Step 3

Using pattern, cut out two 4″ x 22″ pieces. Fold in half and press.

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Step 4

Open each piece and fold outer edge to the centre.

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Step 5

Then, fold in half and press.

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Step  6

Next, top stitch each strap.

Step 3

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Using pattern, cut two pieces (13 1/2″ X 14)  for tote outside and two pieces (13 1/2″ X 14″) for tote lining.

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Pin and sew outer pieces right sides together on three sides. Do the same for the two lining pieces.

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Pinch bottom corner together and stitch across 1 1/2″ from corner for two outer and two lining corners.

Step 10

Step 10

Place lining  inside the outer fabric right sides together. Place straps in between right sides of fabric on each side about 2 1/2″ from the side edge. Pins straps and top edge of tote. Stitch around top of tote 1/2″ edge. Leave a 2 1/2″ opening on the side for flipping tote right side out.

Step 11

Step 11

Flip bag right side out.

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Push lining inside tote and top stitch all the way around the top of tote closing the opening left from flipping tote right side out.


Finished Product

Results

Reversible Tote Results

 

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Reversible Tote Results Continued

 

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Reversible Tote Results Continued

 

Results

Reversible Tote Results Continued

 

Results

Reversible Tote Results Continued

 

Note: I chose to not explicitly embellish this tote as it is for casual and practical use. It will be exposed to hard wear carting things around so I wanted it durable and without too many bells and whistles.


 

 

Sources for Instruction on Basic Sewing

“Tilly and the Buttons Dress Handmade: Learn to Sew” (http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/p/learn-to-sew.html)

Sewing Handout (http://www.lovesewing.com/studenthandouts/isstudenthandouts.pdf)

Sewing Machine Parts and their Jobs Handout  (http://misspedeliskifacs.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/1/4/12143109/sewing_machine_parts_and_jobs.pdf)

“Threads: Understanding Thread Tension” (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4302/understanding-thread-tension)

Some Basic Sewing Stitches

Some Basic Sewing Stitches

http://www.sewdresses.com/sew-dresses/sewing-how-to-sewing-easy-sewing-stitches

 

“Better Homes and Garden: Sewing Patterns and Tips for Beginners” (http://howtosew.com)

“Simplicity Creative Group: Sewing 101” (http://www.simplicity.com/t-sewing-101-part1.aspx)

“Skip to My Lou: Craft, Create and Celebrate” (http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/17/how-to-make-a-simple-reversible-totebag)


 

Basic Sewing Class Activity

Textile Arts and Design 7

  • Unit 3 in Textile Arts and Design 7  is Textile Production Basics
  • General Curriculum Outcome: Students will be expected to develop competency in the selection and use of technological applications in textiles.
  • Specific Curriculum Outcome 3.1: Students will be expected to develop skills in the use of technology for sewing, threading and operating a sewing machine, using an iron, using a serger
  • Specific Curriculum Outcome 3.2: Students will be expected to apply sewing skills to a project and articulate what they have learned using sewing terminology

Methodology:

  • Students will participate in sewing machine activities. They will identify parts of a sewing machine and functions.  The following is an example of a handout. Sewing Machine Parts and their Jobs Handout. Students will be expected to thread a machine, sew a straight line, use reverse function, turn a corner, sew a curved line to achieve their “Sewing License.” Students can first practice such skills on  piece of paper with template according to task. This is called “Paper Stitching Exercise.” See example.
Paper Stitching Activity

Paper Stitching Activity

http://www.learningzonexpress.com/documents/worksheets/3316_see_n_sew_worksheet.pdf

Resources:

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4 thoughts on “Assignment 7: Basic Sewing

  1. Your tote looks great! Have you made it with students? I think it would be easy enough, your images and directions make it seem that way! I am happy to say that the blogs are providing me with some good ideas for new sewing projects with my students. Thanks..

  2. Catherine Morley says:

    Your photo essay and instructions are wonderful. An excellent resource for you and other teachers to refer to over and over again! Congratulations. Impressive work! And the resource list is likewise going to be very useful!

    • Jodi I really enjoyed your sewing project. I guess I’ve always loved bags, boxes and baskets. My younger sister regularly makes evening bags to grocery bags but I haven’t done it yet. I particularly love the reversible bag- even if it is never flipped, just to see the inside as a complement or a contrast and knowing that you could flip it if you wanted. I also love the solidity of the bag with the lining. You are very good in the blog medium. Very interesting and well done.

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