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!


Note: Pat Land won last week’s Clover Kanzashi Flower Maker giveaway with this clever Clover comment. Great job Pat!
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The Clover brand is pretty sweet
For tools that help, they can’t be beat!

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644 Responses to “Giveaway: It’s Time for Summer, Our Summer Tote”

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  1. Renee Beery — July 29, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    I like the size of the purse. I’m not sure about the two different sizes of pockets.

  2. Nancy Casso — July 29, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    This is yet another fabulous bag !!! I have added it to my list of “NEED to get ” After all, how can I live without it ?? LOL

  3. Jan Goppert — July 29, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I especially love the outside pocket sizes and the size of the bag. Thank you for the chance to win this one!

  4. heidi — July 29, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    I LOVE it! Perfect for me to use as a handbag! I am very intrigued by the idea of fusing two fabrics together w/o batting – very cool concept! I HAVE to try this one out! 🙂

  5. MelodyJ — July 29, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    I think it’s pretty and functional. The perfect combination.


  6. Aunt duck — July 29, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    love having big colorful totes for carrying projects in, shopping and sneaking treats for the kids into the movies. This one even has a lovely zipper to keep my snacks concealed!

  7. Marge — July 29, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    Love all of the Lazy Girl patterns. Now that my summer is half over and I’m starting to think about school, I am also ready to do some Lazy sewing! Love the bag…thinking it might be a good school bag as well!


  8. Lisa — July 29, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    What a nice bag! I can see it as my knitting bag already. I am sure the fabric has something to do with it. Well if I don’t win it I will probably buy it! I like it that much.

  9. Angela — July 29, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    I absolutely love your bags, and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing. I would love to win this pattern!

  10. Billie K — July 29, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Love the tote!

  11. CarolH — July 29, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I may like this bag the best of all!! I am always looking for the perfect bag for carrying all my “stuff”.

  12. Doris S — July 29, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    I love this bag! You never have enough summer bags…

  13. Elizabeth B — July 29, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    I love your bags and this one has lots of places to put needlework.

  14. Michelle Flaugh — July 29, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    I have the perfect fat quarter set for this bag! I would love to make it! I need a new LGD pattern!! Thanks for the inspiration, Joan!

  15. Mary Sue — July 30, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    I just had a request from one of my nieces for a bag! This would be perfect for her. Love the outside pockets

  16. Christine M — August 1, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    WOW timing is everything.A friends daughter who will be starting college asked me to make a tote for her to carry her sketch pad and pens. This would be perrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfect! LOVE LOVE LOVE lazy girl patterns.

  17. Anna-Laura — August 1, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Love, love this design. I like pretty things but must have functional things. This design meets both criteria.

  18. Penny — August 3, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Oh, what a practical bag! Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Anne-Marie — August 5, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    I like your bag, it seams lit trere can be a lot of stuf in it, and it is the most beautyful color you sewn it in, i love green color, if I am so lucky too vinn I wil make it in green color too.
    Absolutly Love it.

    ??? Mia in Denmark

    sorry for the english writhing, it may not be corectly. 🙂

  20. Deanne — August 5, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Wow! I bought the pattern and am now going to go make one. I’ve always had an aversion to zippers, but your demo on Kaye Wood’s site has convinced me that even I can do it. LOL Thanks for the inspiration and I’m off to go through my doggie fabrics. Thanks again for all of your wonderful patterns and inspiration. I love LAZY!

  21. Regina Bennett — August 5, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    This is just what I want as a dress-up bag and still, very practical. I can put so much in here, that is absolutely necessary, and it will still look beautiful. Thanks for this one!

  22. Liz V. — August 8, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I love it. I would use for my everyday handbag. I like the bigger sizes.

  23. Diane — August 8, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    I love the shape, I would carry it everyday to work with them to bring my essential s along with me!

  24. Arlene — August 9, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I made this in a very wild print, and I love it. I really like the way the zipper is applied. I find your patterns very easy to make, however I did have to make my sides even, just couldn’t handle them not matching at the sides, so my outside pockets are the same size. I want to adapt the pattern to a smaller size for a purse.

  25. Jo — August 9, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    I LOVE IT!!!

  26. Eileen Mueller — August 15, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Darling bags. Can’t believe you can acutally make it. I would love to have the freebie to take to Spain with me. Looks perfect and Idon’t have time to make it right now;

  27. Debra L — August 17, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    This looks like a great go to bag for summer errands!

  28. Judy Witzel — August 29, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Would like to make this summer tote. Like all the pockets.

  29. Sandee Scofield — August 29, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Your bag is so fresh looking. Love the light green. That would be perfect for all my stuff including my Kindle.

  30. Catie — August 29, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Hey there 🙂
    LOVE the bag – I think it would be so fun to make
    Thanks for the opportunity
    I really really love the zipper pull – where do I find them??

  31. Brenda — August 30, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I’ve got to have it…….it’s perfect for anytime of the year……please pick me!!

  32. Shirley — March 30, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    I absolutely love the summer tote..have made them for everyone and my friends who travel say it’s the best carry-on purse they’ve ever had. Mostly because it has pockets on the outside for their tickets and book and phone so they don’t have to dig around inside when they’re standing in line. And because there are pockets inside for other detritus we all seem to carry. BUT I’m wondering if there’s a way to make it a bit smaller. I have one for a carry-on but, being only 5′ tall and 110 lbs. I would like one a little smaller for every-day use. Maybe 2 inches less across and up&down. Anyone know how I’d scale it down?
    I’ve been asked several times if it’s a Vera Bradley!

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  34. Eileen — January 25, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    I am not new to bag making but I have to say that I think this is the worst one I have made – definitely the “laziest” one.
    Lazy girl is certainly true because I think it is so unprofessional to have seams and stitching showing on the inside.

    As you can probably tell, I am very disappointed and feel it has not only been a waste of material but also a waste of my time.

  35. Ângela Miranda — October 12, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Parabéns por seus lindíssimo trabalhos beijos

  36. Laura G — November 25, 2015 @ 11:09 am

    This bag looks amazing!

  37. Joy Butler — April 17, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

    What a classy bag! Love the colours and the shape!

  38. Gayle — June 1, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

    This is a really great travel bag. Would love to have this pattern

  39. Frankie Ronacher — June 10, 2016 @ 9:56 am

    So glad I discovered your patterns last fall, they are great. This is a beautiful beach bag pattern, just what I have been looking for, would love to win. Have a great day

  40. Julie Ahlfeld — June 27, 2016 @ 3:22 am

    What a gorgeous bag! I haven’t made a bag yet so hopefully this will be my first one 🙂

  41. Pam Knight — June 28, 2016 @ 10:18 pm

    I love Lazy Girl Patterns. This is a new one for me and would love to make it. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Pam Knight
    Michigan Quilter

  42. JANELL STUMP — July 6, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

    Very pretty tote , love green. It would make a very good weekend bag. I would like to try and make one. Thank you for giving me the chance to win a pattern and the other items. Thank you,

  43. Victoria Rogers — July 7, 2016 @ 8:18 am

    Have completed a few of your patterns ! This one looks great too!

  44. Gayle Robbins — July 23, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    I love the fusible fabric idea, so much neater then having a liner that needs to be stitched so it doesn’t flop around. I’ll be trying this by mid week! Thanks for all of your great ideas!