Giveaway: It’s Time for Summer, Our Summer Tote

Lazies, One of our all-time best selling bag designs has a fresh face. The Summer Tote is a handy and functional bag with an unconventional construction. We were the first in the industry to fuse two layers of cotton fabric together to make what we call quilter’s canvas. Summer uses no batting, is lightweight, and still has nice structure to stand upright.

Our cover sample was made by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. Shown here in ‘Stitch’ from Robert Kaufman. Julie wanted a bag and I needed a new cover model – thanks Julie!

What is going on with the pockets at the side seam? They don’t match up. And they are not supposed to.

Here’s a great side view of Summer. I love this shape. It reminds me of a bowling ball bag.

Summer is a Work Horse
The back pocket is deeper or taller than the front pocket. It offers one wide pocket perfect for a magazine or file folder. A shorter pocket in the front, with several divisions, really makes the outside of Summer totally functional.

Add a little zip – literally – to your Summer Tote by choosing a zipper color that compliments your project. Here, a rich brown is perfect with the Stitch line of fabrics. And that zipper pull is really a scissor fob. The bead is a mood bead, changing color much like a mood ring. It will change between blue and green, matching all the colors in this project perfectly. Nice!

Zipper pull above, and a view inside reveals pockets
as well as the simple construction below.

Since two fabrics are fused together to create a single new fabric, you could easily substitute pre-quilted fabric or a heavier upholstery fabric for the cover pieces.

I highly recommend Steam A Seam 2 for the fusible. It’s available in a 20″ width on a roll. Smaller pieces are available, but you don’t really want to piece, overlap, or abut the fusible. It will create a lump or a weak spot. Erica’s carries the Steam A Seam I recommend here, (scroll down once there).

Video Demonstration
Hop over to to watch a video demo of the Summer Tote here.

Click image to enlarge.

Giveaway – 3 Winners
We are giving away a Summer Tote pattern, a Bag-E-Bottom size D bag support, and a Lazy Girl label to each of three winners.

Enter To Win
– Enter by posting a comment below. Tell me what you think of our Summer Tote.
– One comment per person.
– Be sure you type your email address correctly so I can contact you.
– I’ll pick 3 winners using the random number generator.
– Enter by Friday July 29, 2011, 10 pm Eastern time.
– I’ll contact winners via email.

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Thanks for joining in on the fun of Summer. I love reading your Lazy comments!


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The Clover brand is pretty sweet
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644 Responses to “Giveaway: It’s Time for Summer, Our Summer Tote”

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  1. Jewel Campbell — July 25, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    This look super easy and fun. I’d love to adapt it to a diaper bag as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Linda F — July 25, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    I love all your bags!! Your directions are so clear. I would love the opportunity to win this summer tote. Who could resist making a new summer bag!!

  3. Elizabeth Nix — July 25, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Ooooh I love the colors on the bag! What a great idea to make the zipper part of the design by making it match the overall color scheme rather than match a particular fabric. Your patterns are so easy to sew and the directions are great!

  4. Tina M — July 25, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Lovely tote!!! It looks perfect for hauling goodies to the beach or for a weekend getaway.
    Thanks for your amazing designs.

  5. Darcie perkins — July 25, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    Love it, love it have made several as gifts.

  6. Suzanne Boyce — July 25, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    This Summer Tote looks light and lovely just like summer should be. THANKS!

  7. Ruby — July 25, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    I love the summer Tote pattern.. I do a lot of sewing and would love this patterns for my collection.. Thanks so much

  8. Betsy Clark — July 25, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    I absolutely love this bag! And you can never have enough of them!

  9. Nancy Cegalis — July 25, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    It cannot be summer without summer. Love the fabrics.

  10. Jenn — July 25, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    Love love love this tote! I am addicted to tote bags in every size, shape and color. I use them for everything — library trips, grocery runs, project bags, pool bags, overnights, you name it!

  11. Janet Denson — July 25, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Summer time and the living is easy. Especially down the shore with this summer tote in tow..

  12. Janeen Vice — July 25, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    I just love this fabric combination! I am currently making this bag but would love to win this set to give to a friend. It is an easy pattern to follow, I encourage any beginner to give it a try, this is my second bag and I am hooked!

  13. Pam Footen — July 25, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    Love this bag…Your bags are the best…Easy to do…I made one of your bags for a drawing for the Kidney Foundation. Everyone loved it. Would love to win this one


  14. Shannon Menninger — July 25, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I love this tote! It would definitely come in handy, and stylishly, for carrying all of my stuff to the beach! I love the Lazy Girl patterns!!!

  15. Pam — July 25, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    Wow! What a great looking bag…the colors remind me of a cooool cucumber…lol. Lovely.

  16. Cica — July 25, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I love making bags as a hobby, this one is one of the best for a long time, will make it for sure!

  17. Mel Bright — July 25, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Love the tote and would love to win the pattern, would make a great bag for my kids things for swimming lessons.

  18. Laurel Lloyd — July 25, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    You’re patterns are a dream to sew. Looks like I might need to make one of these.

  19. hillary — July 25, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    love the fabrics used in this bag. you always make the cutest pieces!

  20. Psnowl — July 25, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    This is a great bag. I like the zipper closure since I am always spilling things from my bags.

  21. Carolyn Griffin — July 25, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I’ve made this bag before years ago and still carry my knitting in a Summer Tote. I wonder what it would be like made of the laminated fabrics or faux leather that is available now. I’ll bet she’d be great!

  22. Terrie Balthaser — July 25, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I love this bag. It would be so great to win:-) I truly enjoy all of your patterns and have most recently purchased your ruler. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  23. Barbara Lanning — July 25, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    I LOVE this bag! It looks like just the right size for all of my “must take” items for vacation!

    Barbara Lanning

  24. Joan Groe — July 25, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    A classy, unique, and functional bag all in one. This is a winner for all ages of mommies and grammies. Thanks for the wonderful designs.

  25. Lena Karlsson — July 25, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    It is a lovely tote as allways from Lazy Girl Design…Thanks for beeing so “lazy”.

  26. Judy — July 25, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    This bag look like it would be great for all sorts of things, it’s big, it has a zipper to close … great bag.


  27. Helle Thode — July 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    I love this bag – great size for visiting friends – all my sewing stuff can be in there. Have never tried the bag – e – bottoms in a bag. Seems like it make the bag really comfortable 🙂

  28. JaNae Barnes — July 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    This is a really cute tote bag. I just love totes. They are so useful. I usually keep several packed with projects to work on while I am on the go and waiting for one of my children at their various activities.

  29. Sarah Johnson — July 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    My Aunt has a bag like this, only she paid a looootttt of money for it and I kept thinking how easy that would be to make, and this is the perfect pattern for it. Good luck to me! LOL

  30. Linda — July 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    I LOVE your bags, in fact already have a couple of yours…and this looks like another one I would use a lot!

  31. Joy — July 25, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Great looking bag. I have made several of the Lazy Girl bags and find the patterns very easy to follow. Would love to win this pattern.

  32. Jane Moore — July 25, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    This is SUCH a terrific bag — what a great gift for anyone!—and I an see it in fall/winter fabrics too. My toting doesn’t end with Labor Day!

  33. holli smith — July 25, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Totally cute and perfect for all sorts of Summer fun! Would love to try it!

  34. Carolyn — July 25, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Love this bag! It is a great work horse.

  35. Jennifer Conley — July 25, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I really enjoy making your patterns – easy to follow and hope to win this pattern to add to my “lazy” patterns – keep up the great work!!

  36. JO — July 25, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I love the structure of the bag! Nice thought-out features!!

  37. Jan Mueller — July 25, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    What a cute purse! I love the unstructured look and LOVE outside pockets. Very nice! I’ve have never been disappointed with Lazy Girl patterns!

  38. Linda VDW — July 25, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    This looks like a great summer tote with the inside and outside pockets. I also like that it zips close to keep the contents inside from slipping out. Looks like a great travel tote too.

  39. Andrea — July 25, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    wow! your bags are so inspiring.. especially this summer tote bag.. i’ve been on the lookout for a unique bag like this, preferably a diaper bag for me and my very first baby boy, but to no luck.. i tend to settle for what’s available instead since i can’t find one here in our place.. i’d love a bag like this one, oh so much!!!

    wish i’d win! *super ecstatic!*

  40. Cindy — July 25, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I made my summer tote two years ago and use it a lot. The structure has stayed firm and crisp. You would never know I made it that long ago! Thanks, Joan, for teaching us this awesome technique of fusing the fabrics together. By the way, Steam-a-Seam 2 is great!

  41. Pauline Gudas — July 25, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I love the Lazy Girl bag patterns. Miranda is my favorite. This summer tote looks like I need to get this pattern as it will be another great bag.

  42. Patricia Conner — July 25, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I have a problem with my Lazy Bags—- which one to choose to take with me??? I can’t be “Lazy” have to make a decision! Oh well I love them all so no bigie. Thanks for all your hard work. Pat

  43. Martha S — July 25, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    What a great solution to all those generic bags . . . a great way to make a fashion statement! Thanks?

  44. Sherry Bear — July 25, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Looks like this will be a great bag for my first attempt in bag making.
    You are inspiring me to get the ole sewing machine out and get

  45. Jessica — July 25, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    What a cute bag! Love your patterns!

  46. Patty Hall — July 25, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    THat is just too super cute! I could use this to carry a few books in for my classes or even to go to the library or coffee shop to study.
    Or as a diaper bag for my daughter who is expected our first grandchild!!
    I love that the pockets are asymetrical!
    Patty H.

  47. Faith Freeman — July 25, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    What is not to love about this bag? Joan all of your totes, bags and purses are adorable! Lazy Girl Designs make it a pleasure to sew. This Summer Tote is sure to be a winner. I might have to make a few ,one for me and a couple to give away.

    Summer Tote has just breezed into the Summer!

  48. dottie — July 25, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    I, too, really like this bag. I can see many uses for it.

    Our daughter is a school teacher and this would be perfect to carry her stuff back and forth.

    Any tote made here must have a zipper to hold/keep stuff inside as well as plenty of pockets.

    This bag is the best yet. Thanks, dottie

  49. Wanda Rude — July 25, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Love putting zippers in the “Lazy” way…this is certainly a pattern I would love to have…always look forward to your messages on this web site…thanks.

  50. Nancy in IN — July 25, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Love the colors. The zipper hides my stuff; always too much in my tote.