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

  1. Linda — July 25, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Wow, great color combo. Your patterns are always so well written, they are very easy to follow. Really like this bag!

  2. MaryJo — July 25, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Oh My..this bag is awesome. I have 7 grand-daughters and have been looking for the perfect totebag to make for them. I have made some smaller bags with the 2 layer tecnique using “Heat and Bond”. It makes them very sturdy.
    I’m thinking I need this pattern in time to make 7 of them for Christmas.

  3. carolyn m — July 25, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Love the size, zipper application and the pockets. Fabric selection is very attractive.

  4. Cecilia — July 25, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    This is a great looking bag. I really like the variety of pockets. Having a zipper makes it even more versatile. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

  5. SheilaJ — July 25, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Love the look of this purse – and especially like your idea of using prequilted fabric for one of the layers. I like outside pockets on purses for functionabiity.
    This could easily become my “go to” purse.

  6. Shirley — July 25, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Love the tote! This is another one I will have to add to my collection!! The fabric is great, I will look for it.


  7. Angie C. — July 25, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I have some sea glass fabric that would look fabulous on this bag! Pick me this time, please? πŸ˜€

  8. susan A — July 25, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    I think this would be a great beach tote. I love your patterns.

  9. colleen — July 25, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    What a clever idea, to add beads or scissors fob to the zipper pull. With all of the jewelry making notions in craft stores these days, making an individual zipper pull could be the easiest and LAZIEST project on the beach.

  10. Deb Frey — July 25, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    How cute! Such a neat idea to fuse the fabrics together, I make more bags then anything, this is one I will have to put on my list. I think I love the hunt for just the right fabric combo for each purse as I do the construction of the actual purse. I can see this done as any season and add some embroidery or bling and it would be a work of art. Love, Love it!

  11. Judi — July 25, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    My summer tote is one of my favorite bags. Of course I use it all year long,. I’ve use the bag as carry-on luggage and am able to bring my book, change of clothes, meds.etc and it fits right under the seat. I’ve used Joan’s method of fusing the materials together on other bags and love the finished product..

  12. Pauline — July 25, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Great looking tote. I would like to make one for myself.

  13. Marie — July 25, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    The Summer looks like it would be perfect for all our things to spend an afternoon at the pool or lake. I would love to make one!

  14. Tammy Roark — July 25, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    Love this bag!

  15. Kim — July 25, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    I love the style of this bag and the colors are fantastic, just what I need when I am going to meet customers to pick up quilts!

  16. Danielle — July 25, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    great bag! Love the design, and the rotary cut method. I will have to give this one a try!

  17. Debbie — July 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I have several of your patterns and love them, recommend them to others all the time. I think this bag would be great. love that the pocket will hold a magazine or file folder… it’s the sewing woman’s briefcase!!! Love it.

  18. Candy — July 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Great bag. Looks sturdy and useful.

  19. Linda — July 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I’ve been looking for a pattern for a tote age to use when traveling. This looks like the perfect fit! All the new tech toys will fit–Kindle, iPad, etc. Plus all the other stuff we “must” take with us! I’ll be looking for fabric this week!

  20. Lettetia — July 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Gosh, the Summer Tote is so beautiful and looks so fun to make. I have been searching for a bag pattern to fit my needs and The summer Tote looks like just the thing I have been wanting to find.

  21. Annette Crain — July 25, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I really love the new sturdy look of the Summer bag! I need a bag that will hold up with all my stuff (and baby necessities for my grandkids).
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  22. kim Dolan — July 25, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Love the zip in this one, nice and roomy…..would love to add this one to my Lazy collection πŸ™‚

  23. Lynn S — July 25, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    What a versatile bag! Would like to try this pattern. Nice streamlilne look. Great for carrying hand work and reading material for those long appointment waits. I have a weakness for pockets and this one fills the bill.

  24. cynthia myers — July 25, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    LOVE IT ! It has the look of summer and the right size for all your summer day’s getaways!

  25. Sarah — July 25, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Love it! Looks like fun to make!!!!

  26. cassie — July 25, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    I am fairly new to making totes and have made 14 or 15 in the last couple months (totes and fabric totes). Just found Lazy Girl Designs! My challenge to myself is to repurpose….every bag I’ve made has been repurposed from clothing or fabric remnants from a thrift shop and using buttons & embellishments I already have…I’ve only purchased thread and interfacing. The structure of the garment lends a lot to the style or pattern (or pattern I make up). I love it! Thanks for this site!

  27. Jani Antrim — July 25, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    This may be labeled the Summer Tote, but it is perfect for carrying papers back and forth to school. It is a great design.

  28. Nancy — July 25, 2011 @ 8:35 am


  29. Deb — July 25, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I absolutely love purses….hubby tells me I’m “purse poor”!! πŸ™‚ Would love to have one of your beautiful patterns!!!

  30. PunkiePie (Jen) — July 25, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Fun!! This tote would make the perfect travel tote. I will have to make it one of these days! thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Bonnie Konkle — July 25, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    I love this bag, and now I am inspired to make one!

  32. JanyceR — July 25, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    I really like this bag! And the construction looks so easy. Love the fact that it has a zipper closure. I am thinking of which stash fabrics might be a good choice for this

  33. Jenny Tribout — July 25, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    oooh my fingers are crossed! love ur bags and patterns, i’ve made several of them, always turn out nice!

  34. Sue — July 25, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    Love the handy bag, Also the zipper and scissor bob on it for easy opening. I like also how the sides don’t match. Would like to win this pattern.

  35. Kathy A — July 25, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Love the colors and pockets….love, love, love pockets. lol

  36. Renee — July 25, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I’m new to your site and LOVE all your wonderful ideas and inspiration. This bag is going to be a must on my to do list. Thank you for all your had work.

  37. Gwyneth — July 25, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I love this bag … am really hooked on bag and purse making !! have used quite a few of your patterns and have made approx 30 Maggie purses as gifts for the ladies at the quilt group that I help to run and for my daughters and grandaughters.
    This bag will have to go on my to do list
    Thanks for all your amazing patterns

  38. Leslie — July 25, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    I love this tote because it looks like something that even I, a beginning seamstress, could make. Gotta love that!

  39. Sharyn D. — July 25, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Great looking bag! Love the zipper and inside pockets.

  40. Fran — July 25, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Love this bag. The zipper is such a great idea. I have used the
    magnet closures but I am sure the zipper would be the best.
    Love the material and the design. Thanks for sharing. Fran

  41. Donna — July 25, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Love it – perfect for summer vacations.

  42. Alice Federico — July 25, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Lazy Girls? Definitely Not! I am shamelessly gushing over your extraordinary designs and great ideas because it’s true and because I want to win the Summer and pattern. I have been searching for a great bag to make for my Bridge Club friends and This is It. Merci!

  43. Ellie — July 25, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Great looking tote! Hope to win!

  44. Judy — July 25, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    Summertime. And the toting is easy. Love it. Judy

  45. arlene olson — July 25, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    really like using a scissor fob for the zipper — adds some bling! One of those things “why didn’t I think of that?”

  46. Shirley — July 25, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    This bag is beautiful and very functional. I love the zipper part. All of your bag patterns
    are soooo easy to sew.

  47. Susan — July 25, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Gorgeous bag! I wish I could sew like this- never tried such a project. Maybe someday! In the meantime, this would be an awesome bag to own. I love the design. πŸ™‚

  48. Kathy Stevens — July 25, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    watched this on Kaye’s videa and it looks like a fun project especially when you use such interesting fabrics. Love your projects.

  49. Pat Easter — July 25, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Beautiful bag!! Perfect for taking all the things needed when taking a couple of the grandchildren to the beach or the park.

  50. Ginny — July 25, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    A nice roomy bag, perfect for so many things but especially at vacation time when the hubby and grandkids like to save brochures, etc., but want to put them in MY bag!