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. Paige Rambow-VanLaningham — July 27, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Looks wonderfully roomy and love the pockets. Just the type of bag that is large enough to hold grand kids things and still find your needed stuff/supplies. Love it!

  2. Veronica — July 27, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    I love, love, love totes to the point that I am a tote-aholic….! And, as soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had to have it…. winning it would be better, of course! Thanks!

  3. Cory — July 27, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    I love, love, love this new Summer tote. I would love to win the pattern so I could make one. Thank you for the opportunity. Take care and God bless, Cory.

  4. Lynne Forrest — July 27, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    What an absolutely cool tote! The size and shape make it extremely versatile. I would so love to add this tote to my summer wardrobe/supplies. Your patterns are great, your blog is fun, and you totally rock!

  5. LindaH — July 27, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    Hi Joan,
    I love the summer tote and it looks great in these fabrics. I don’t have the pattern yet so it would be nice to win one but I won’t hold my breath for that.

  6. Sherri czub — July 27, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    Love this tote and all of your patterns.

  7. Sue Rahim — July 28, 2011 @ 5:04 am

    I’ve been a silent reader all this while ๐Ÿ™‚ .. Love all your bag designs . Hopefully I win this one .

    -Sue R-

  8. Karen McGill — July 28, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Love it! This will be on my “must-do” list for sure.

  9. Carol Horst — July 28, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    I just finished a Lazy Girl pattern – the Margo bag and love it! I have 2 more cut out. It would be nice to win this pattern because it has a zipper. So many totes are open, this would be a nice option to grab. Thanks for posting this.

  10. Beth — July 28, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Love it! Looks like a fun project!

  11. Janeoak1 — July 28, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I love making Lazy Girl purses and totes. I’ve made 7 all as gifts.

  12. Chris — July 28, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    What a wonderful tote! I would love to make that one.

  13. Nancy H — July 28, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    I love a bag that stands up when you set them on the counter to pay!

  14. Cheryl — July 28, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    This looks like it would make a great knitting or other project bag!!! And for gifts it would be great!!!

  15. Cindy Norton — July 28, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    I like the idea of no batting. Keeps it soft looking and very portable. Making one looks like a fun project. Can’t wait to try it

  16. Olise Adamo — July 28, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    I have been looking for a bag pattern I can match to 2 color quilts I make for new babies that are arriving on a almost daily basis. This pattern looks perfect!!!

  17. Kim Collarile — July 28, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    I love this bag would love to make it for my daughter to make as a small diaper bag to carry for my grandson. I want to make it in blue material. Will post a picture if I win!!

  18. Inge — July 28, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I love the look. I have not seen this tote pattern before. I have made several others though and they always go together quickly. I would love to make one.

  19. Kristy — July 28, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I work in a fabric store and I love making “Lazies” for store models!

  20. Tina Gordon — July 28, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I love this bag! I have made it and it is very useful!

  21. Sharon Johnston — July 28, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    I have several of the Lazy Girl patterns and love them all, I don’t have the Summer Tote yet but would really like to have it.

  22. Julie Ann — July 28, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Gorgeous tote! I would love to make one! Love your blog and website, thanks for having it.

  23. Lorrie Hickey — July 28, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I love it! I have to have it! Perfect for summer trips, to stash magazines and books for a little lazy reading. Now, to pick the perfect fabrics……..

  24. Iris — July 28, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Looks great – and I absolutely LOVE all the Lazy Girls that I’ve made so far. Would love to have this one to add to my collection.

  25. Sheri — July 28, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    This is a great bag. I think it will make a great tote for my daughter to take to college.

  26. Louise Gregorek — July 28, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Love this bag, I think it would make a lovely diaper bag!

  27. Pam Mickey — July 28, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    How cute! Just love your patterns!

  28. Julianne — July 28, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I love this bag…would love to make one for myself.. Not to big… but not to small. Would be great for takeing to meetings and just about town.

  29. Marcia — July 28, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Love it! Can’t wait to get started sewing!

  30. Becky — July 28, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I love this bag! I have made several of Lazy Girl bags and they are so easy to make. I would love to make this one!

  31. Sue Baker — July 28, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Looks so size adequate. Like the idea of mood bead on the zipper pull. SB

  32. deb — July 28, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    I would love the chance to make this awesome tote!!!!!!!

  33. Susan S — July 28, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    This has to be the nicest summer tote I’ve ever seen. The colors are amazing. And, although it does look not-too-complicated to make, I’d sure love to win it!!! Thanks for posting such inspirational designs!!!

  34. Laura — July 28, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I love this bag. I am not a fan of green but I can definately see it done in all of my favorite colors. Thanks for always having the greatest bag patterns.

  35. Jaye — July 28, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    What a nice bag, I’ve not tried your patterns but am looking forward to doing so.

  36. Cynthia — July 28, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Coolie moolie bag! This would be a great bag for all the Christmas craft bazaars coming up. I can just imagine it sewn up in the new Grinch fabrics!

  37. Linda Brooks — July 28, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    I love this pattern. I just recently started making bags, and this looks so easy. I love the fabric that was used for the project.

  38. Debbie Littlejohn — July 28, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Fun! I have a friend expecting a baby in November, would make a great diaper bag for a professional mom! Too cute!! Thanks!

  39. Sarah Hahn — July 28, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    I just got one of your patterns and I am a bag junkie. I will be putting the summer tote on my list of things to do.

  40. Suzette Truesdell — July 28, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    That looks like it would make a great knitting bag!

  41. Donna — July 28, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    So fresh & light – what an attractive addition to take along on any summer outing or to brighten someones life as a gift – which is my favorite reason to sew!

  42. Wyoma — July 28, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I’m always looking for a good sized tote like this!!

  43. Donna — July 28, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    So attractive & Fresh!

  44. Susie — July 28, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    So cute…love the zipper pull!

  45. Lillie Guitreau — July 28, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Love the tote!!

  46. Linda — July 28, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I absolutely love it! I would love to make this for my trip to Florida this summer!

  47. Jackie H — July 28, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Looks so roomy to hold lots of stuff. The style makes it easy to see into the bag. Love it overall!!

  48. meg — July 28, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Ooooh~ I love this bag! It would make an awesome knitting tote ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Kathy — July 28, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I love that it doesn’t have batting. The only thing better than making a new bag would be to win one!

  50. Kris — July 28, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Love your fabric choices! It looks very roomy and I like the Tabs on the zipper to hold onto when closing the zipper.