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”

  1. Deb Frey — July 28, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    I love this tote, I make a lot of totes and purses. The colors are so bright and could be used for spring or summer. I would have a hard time finding the right fabric in my stash, way to many choices I could not stop at making just one.

  2. Amy Johnson — July 28, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Pick me! Such an adorable bag!!

  3. Carol Nauman — July 28, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    Love the bag! Your instructions are always so easy to follow. Gracie is still my favorite.

  4. Anne — July 28, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Great bag, will even brave sewing a zipper for it. Love the video..Thank you.

  5. Lynne Brown — July 28, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    The Summer Tote is so pretty as well as functional. I do love all your patterns but have a special “love” for the purse patterns. I am glad you are a Buckeye–I am too!! Thanks for making your directions so easy to understand, and for having them in color so they become much less complicated!

  6. Nancy Borden — July 28, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    I love all your patterns. The Margo is my favorite.

  7. Lori — July 28, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    This looks like it would make a great travel bag. I have bookmarked it under my ‘I want that’ tab.

  8. Amy Jaracz — July 28, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    I absolutely love the Summer Tote. I am always looking for a new bag to make and you always come up with the cutest ideas. Love the colors on this one too.

  9. Jeanette — July 28, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    I just love this bag. I think I have done most of your bags for myself
    and friends. Keep up the good work.

  10. Nancy Lynch — July 28, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Very nice! Looks like a great size and shape!

  11. Lynda — July 28, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    love the pattern and I would love to learn how to do a zipper (easy way) in a bag or tote thanks for sharing

  12. Katrina — July 28, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Looks like a great bag! Didn’t realize the contrasting color were pockets. Nice size and the zipper is a nice addition.

  13. Dawna — July 28, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Love this summer tote! Looks perfect for lugging my summer necessities. I especially love the super accessories decorating the bag. Great attention to detail. I would love to win this bag!

  14. Phyllis Finger — July 28, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    This looks perfect to take a towel and sunscreen and a magazine to the pool.

  15. Evi — July 28, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    That is just too cute! I want one!

  16. Mary — July 28, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    I love my Lazy patterns! A Lazy Summer Tote would top my summer off nicely! Love all the patterns… keep up the good work.

  17. Donna Lucier — July 28, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    I have enjoyed the Lazy patterns I have made thus far; would love to try the Summer Tote.

  18. Jane — July 28, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    Another lovely bag. What a unique shape and Julie worked it up beautifully. Thanks for the chance Joan.

    a “Lazy” Jane

    PS: I get compliments for my Miranda bag all the time and I still love it!

  19. Diane — July 28, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    I love the revised pattern and the fabric choice. LG purses are so easy to make and practical to use.

  20. Meghan — July 28, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    Oh, what a bummer to have no bag for Summer!!
    As requested, we wrote in hopes of winning this tote!
    I’d be so filled with glee, if you’d only PICK ME! (Please?)


  21. Lindi — July 28, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    Oh I love that tote! Nice and roomy – no scrounging through a roomy top and narrow bottom. Plus a zip! I prefer zip tops to keep things private. Also like the look of those funky mismatched pockets. They suit my quirky style. πŸ™‚

  22. Jennifer — July 28, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Love the tote and the fabrics Julie chose. Would love to add this pattern to my Lazy Girl collection!

  23. Ardis young — July 28, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    Wonderful bag. Would be great to carry all those extra things for vacation.

  24. Shirley in Canada — July 28, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Amazing bag!! Could really do some serious fabric shopping with that bag for sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. AnnF — July 28, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    I’m looking forward to making this bag! To win the giveaway would be inspirational!!

  26. Pat Vincent — July 28, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I love Lazy Girl bag designs. The summer tote is a great design and I love the color combinations. Another great bag design.

  27. Donna Russ — July 29, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    That is a beautiful bag would sure love to win it, e-mail…Thanks

  28. Bonnie Jensen — July 29, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    I have so many of your patterns, this one is adorable and i would love to win it of course, if not I guess it is anohter one that I will have to purchase LOL

  29. Beth Wienck — July 29, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Your designs are amazing!! I just purchased a new Janome sewing machine and your summer tote would be a great first project!!

  30. Lydia Norris — July 29, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Love anything easy when it comes to sewing. These patterns always look great!

  31. Marti — July 29, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    Would love to win this bag…

  32. Susan Frison — July 29, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    This looks like it would be a great bag to carry on the plane. Would like to make one before my next trip.

  33. Vickie Manke — July 29, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    I love the Summer Tote pattern. I would really like to have this pattern!

  34. Brenda Raine — July 29, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    Love this bag and the fabric is cute. Especially like the fusing fabrics together idea.

  35. Debbie Stacy — July 29, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Really neat ! Love totes !! Pattern doesn’t look so complicated either which is nice. Hope I win !!

  36. Leanne Clare — July 29, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    This is so cute! and functional! I really love it!

  37. Mary Potts — July 29, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    I love the new color of Summer!

  38. Darlene Jacolik — July 29, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    The sides are very unique. Love that it has a zipper. Would love to make this bag.

  39. Wendy — July 29, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Would love to win! Haven’t make a bag before and would love a simple one like this one.

  40. Carol Stevenson — July 29, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    I love this bag. It would be so perfect for carrying my projects. I haven’t made any Lazy Girl bags yet, but have only heard good things about them. I am looking forward to making many.

  41. Beth Griesbaum — July 29, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    VERY Cute! I love your patterns, sooooooooooo easy!

  42. Linda Frye — July 29, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    When summer comes and I’m all bent I go to my sewing room where time is well spent. When at last my summer purse is through I’d love to share it with all of you!

  43. Barbara Zeger — July 29, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    That is one fabulous bag! I would love to add it to my Lazy Girl collection. I make them as gifts and they are always appreciated. Love the roominess of this bag.
    I am no longer afraid of zippers, thanks to you!

  44. glo Haynes — July 29, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I want to sew this bag so bad, If I don’t win I’ll be so sad πŸ™
    It is so cute with zipper and all, to show it off would be a ball πŸ™‚

  45. Kelly Schank — July 29, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    I love the style of the summer bag! I can se so many uses for it! good one to have, for sure.

  46. Linda — July 29, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    I like any thing LazyGirl joan make everything look easy. She is a born teacher and her bags are so well thouht out , Linda

  47. Katy P. — July 29, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    I love this bag and really like how the sides don’t match up!!

  48. Becky W. — July 29, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    I love, love. love that bag!

  49. Cheryl Keen Doncaster — July 29, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    I love Lazy Girl Patterns! I have embroidery ideas dancing around in my head. Lazy Girl Designs, Summer, and a tote. How can you go wrong?

  50. MoElston — July 29, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    I LOVE, love, love, love ALL my Lazy patterns! And this is one I actually don’t have!
    I made the Runaround for the nieces, Towne for Mom and Sisters, Chelsea for me :)….
    My BFF just gave me a ton of coordinating fabrics that she de-stashed, too! (drooling at the thought of a Summer Tote…….)

    If I don’t win it, I’ll have to buy it! Now I can’t picture this cute blue fabric as anything else…. oooo, and green checks…. Maybe funky sugar skulls with pink and black stripes…… My brain ins whirling now πŸ™‚