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.
– Iโ€™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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644 Responses to “Giveaway: It’s Time for Summer, Our Summer Tote”

  1. Kathy Osborn — July 26, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Made a similar one using desert camo for hubs to carry meds, etc when working out-of-town. Last thing I sewed, as I can no longer see to read or sew. Would love to use this pattern (enlarged) to make him a new (better) one..

  2. Cheryl Greenleaf — July 26, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I love the updated 2011 look. So fresh!

  3. Bonnie Panattoni — July 26, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    I have yet to make one of your bags, and am looking for an over-the-shoulder style. I keep reading that these are really so easy, but I’ve never tried anything like this and find putting in a zipper very intimidating. Which purse is the most simple to make?

  4. Kerrie — July 26, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I LOVE this bag! What a great new design! I like the zipper and all the pockets, and I love the new Bag bottoms supports that you can get now too!

  5. Dell Martinez — July 26, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    Wow, am I ever looking forward to making this tote! While I was reading the descritpion of the bag I thought of two pieces of fabric to use. Stash attack!!!!

  6. BarbaraB — July 26, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I would love to try to fuze the fabric together on some other “lazy” bags. It seems a lot easier to put together that way. Not so bulky!

  7. Bobbie — July 26, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Looks great! My mind is busy thinking of all the different uses I can make of this bag. I have several people in mind for gifts, too.

  8. Jan Kor — July 26, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    How fun !!! love the Summer tote, just the right size to carry everything. Would love to try this pattern and see how it’s put together and try placing a zipper. Thanks for all your great designs and the chance to win this prize.

    Jan K

  9. Sue Mahlburg — July 26, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    I would love to make a Summer Tote! One can never have too many totes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the fabrics on the one in the photo!

  10. Fonda — July 26, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Nice bag. My Grandaughter just gave birth to a little girl last week. This would make a perfect diaper bag. Love your bags.. Keep up the great work Joan.


  11. Kathie Fosnaugh — July 26, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    How cool is this? I just discovered Julie’s blog and LOVE her as well as Rachel Griffith – can’t wait to meet them at Rita’s next month. I love that she did this bag! Makes this pattern all new again! Thanks!!!

  12. Cindy — July 26, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    This is a pretty and spacious tote bag! A great and useful bag for daily use. Love the design and fabrics too.

  13. Ginny — July 26, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    Any tote of yours has to be a winner! This is such a great bag for whatever I need to carry and I’d love to add it to my collection.

  14. Terri Hoke — July 26, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    This tote is so pretty & practical. I want to make one for a friend of mine to use as a diaper bag. Thanks for posting.

  15. Karen — July 26, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    As usual, Joan, a beautiful, useful bag, and I love the fabric choices and the contrasting zipper!
    I’ve made so many of your bags, and they are always a success because of your clear instructions. I would love to make this one!

  16. Stefanie — July 26, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    What a great idea! I could so use one of these right now. School has started and we just adopted a new dog from the Shelter and I need a nice bag to keep his stuff in so we can take him up the mountain with us on the weekends!

  17. Mardell — July 26, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    I love this bag! It truly does look like a workhorse. This was definitely designed by a woman who will be using this bag. I follow your blog and your facebook page. I am the proud owner of the Miranda Bag but there is “always” room for more bags in my closet!

  18. Patty T. — July 27, 2011 @ 1:11 am

    Oh, my, how stunning!
    Wonderful color/fabric choices!!
    Joan, I love every one of your patterns I’ve tried…. but I haven’t made the Summer Tote yet!
    This has just moved from my “things to do someday” list, to my “must do now” list!
    Thanks for all your great patterns!!
    Patty T.

  19. Teresa Block — July 27, 2011 @ 2:01 am

    Keep on updating your pattern covers….the patterns are timeless so the fabrics really do set the stage. I never looked twice at this particular pattern before, but the use of. Contemporary fabric really caught my eye!

  20. Carla G — July 27, 2011 @ 3:49 am

    This bag looks perfect for my annual trip to Conventions with my hubby! I would love to sew my own bag and also try Lazy Girl patterns for the first time. And the fabric on this bag is awesome – perfect colors! Thanks for a chance to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Oceanpeg — July 27, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    The fabric looks great! I like big bags. Can most likely also carry my camera in this one, too. Even though its a digital one, it’s the size of a 35mm camera with a zoom lens…

  22. Candice Place — July 27, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    Absolutely love the fabrics! I have loved making all the Lazy Girl bags & totes. The instructions are always so easy to follow!

  23. Ethelann — July 27, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Some of my first bags were lazies. People still ask for them years later! This is a great summer/year-round bag that does everything we need. Thanks for the update!!

  24. Jackie Fare — July 27, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I love the fact that you can fit a magazine in the back pocket. Seems to have BEACH written all over it :):):).

  25. Linda King — July 27, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    The more I look at this purse, the more I love it. I have never made a purse, but I have always wanted to, just felt intimidated. I am a beginner, and belong to a Quilting Group, that is always willing to help newbies. I hope I win this pattern.
    Thank Joan
    Linda King

  26. Vivian Zug — July 27, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    This is another winner from Joan. So many great details and handy pockets. The zipper is a great addition.

  27. Consuelo — July 27, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Love the fabric combination! I love to have my totes handy, not just for summer fun, but for every day use. When going to my favorite sewing place – I carry my totes and fill it with wonderful goodies. When I get home it is always a treat to open my tote and start creating!

  28. Angie — July 27, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    What a great bag! I need a new tote for my books and things this fall – starting grad school and I want something trendy. This is perfect!

  29. brenda — July 27, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    i love this tote – especially that the seams don’t have to match, intentionally!

  30. Debbie — July 27, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    I would love to make a tote like this, I love it.

  31. Emily — July 27, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    My favorite part is the large pocket for a magazine or folder.

  32. Nancy B from Many LA — July 27, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Now this is a nice tote!

  33. emily — July 27, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Super cute!

  34. Patty — July 27, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Love, love love this bag. Looks really functional and I’m sure it will be breeze to make like all you bags are. Thanks for a chance to win!

  35. MoeWest — July 27, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    This is a great looking bag! Very roomy, it would be a great vacation bag. I think I might make the handles longer because I like to carry bags on my shoulder. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Mary Ellen — July 27, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    A zippered tote is essential for me with lots of pockets. The Summer Tote certainly fits the bill and I especially like the pull tabs for easy access.

  37. Angi — July 27, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    I love this bag. I definately plan on making one, but winning the pattern would make it perfect!

  38. dianne mitzel — July 27, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Love the summer bag, and adore the fabrics…as usual, Julie did a great job with construction..would love to be in the “running” for a new bag…

  39. Roxanna — July 27, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    This looks like a fun bag to carry! Simple and fun to make–but then all of your bags are! Your creativity amazes me:)

  40. Marcia Herath — July 27, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I love it. This looks like just the thing I need to take to school when I mentor.

  41. Allison C — July 27, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Looks like a great bag to go to the beach or tote my crafting supplies around!

  42. Allea — July 27, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    I would love to win this pattern. The Lazy patterns I have made have been marvelous!
    I really love this bag, and do need a new tote for my new job! Thank you

  43. MindyJo — July 27, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Love it! Lazy Girl bags are my favorites.

  44. tami D — July 27, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Perfect!!! I had just decided to make a diaper bag for my daughter’s best friend because my daughter and the new mom both knit and that is my “usual” baby gift…a knitted sweater set with a matching baby blanket. I was stumped! This would be just the thing!

  45. Isabel — July 27, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    I love the summer tote its a lovely great bag………….I need a great bag

  46. Connie — July 27, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    I love the Summer bag. The fabric here is beautiful! Now I am inspired to make another one. The colors are perfect for me!

  47. Jennifer — July 27, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    I too love the lazy Summer bag. U as always make it look so easy and I really love that the sides don’t match (that is extra cool) the colors are really fresh and fun. I want to win.

  48. Jen B. — July 27, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    I looks fabulous! I love that the pockets were planned to have different functions.

  49. Henria O. — July 27, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    This is a beautiful bag! I would love to make it!

  50. Callie — July 27, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    That’s a great bag!