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. Julie H — July 25, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Summer looks like it can be so much fun. This is a great zippered Tote.

  2. Barbara — July 25, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    This looks like a great all year round tote. Would love to win a pattern to see how you fuse the cotton together and learn your new techniques.

  3. Nancy — July 25, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    The fabric you use on all of your bags is always so attractive. Have made several and love them all.

  4. Mimi Wheeler — July 25, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Love this bag, as well as all of your patterns! Looks like fun to make and to carry. Can’t wait to try it!!

  5. Sharon — July 25, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    This Summer Tote is great. Love the faabric. I need to make another one.

  6. Monica J — July 25, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    looks like a great carry-on for traveling, just finished a Miranda, would love to try Summer Tote, but, she needs a better name!

  7. Dee Hambleton — July 25, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    WOW! I love the tote, what a great beach bag it would make. I must make them for my girls.
    Love all your bags, just can’t stop making them. My friends call me “the bag lady”. Love it love it!

  8. Oceanpeg — July 25, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    Love all of the LGD purse patterns which includes this one.

  9. Sharon — July 25, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Love the bag.
    I only use Lazy Girl bag patterns.
    They are the best to use!

  10. Mary Ann — July 25, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    Great the colors used. Always nice to see a new design. Keep up the great work. Always like to try something new.

  11. Melanie — July 25, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    This looks like a very functional and fun tote. I’ve made several of your bags and I just love the construction techniques and the functionality of the finished product. Great job!

  12. Peg Frushour — July 25, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    I love this – sure wish I had it right now, I’m leaving for Alaska in 2 days!!

  13. Marie — July 25, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Love the Summer Tote! And kudos to Julie for a job well done! Lots of room for lots of stuff, isn’t that what summer should be all about?

  14. Darlene Doctor — July 25, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I love this,,,,looks roomy and versitile. I love the idea that you can use fat quarters, opens up a lot more options for design.

  15. Kathie Harrington — July 25, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Although I only started sewing last year, I have made quite a few of your bags and gave them to family members. I’d love to win, as the Summer tote would be for me! Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Tanya — July 25, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Love all your bags and everything you put out. The instructions are easy to read and fast to make. Love the Summer Tote

  17. Shaena F. — July 25, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I love all the pockets and the versatility of the entire bag!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! 😀

  18. Marcia Ahlbrand — July 25, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    WOW, where do you come up with all these? Each new pattern gets even better!

  19. Christine — July 25, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Oh, a knitting project would look so cute in that bag !

  20. MELINDA — July 25, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    This is just what I was looking for!

  21. Susan — July 25, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I just made my first Lazys… 2 Runarounds and 2 medium Suzis as storage baskets. The patterns were clear and easy to follow. The Summer Tote looks great. I need a new tote to take to conferences, and the Summer would do the job nicely.

  22. MELINDA — July 25, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    That’s just what I was looking for!

  23. OSU Mary — July 25, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Hey, girlie, that’s a nifty bag and I love the colors ! Checking in so you know I am still here trying to beat the heat!

  24. ann — July 25, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Love the look of this tote. I need to make a gift for a guild member and this looks like it would be the perfect thing ! I know a bunch of ladies who are tote crazy and this looks like it should be a great new addition to their addiction.

  25. Robbie — July 25, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    i LOVE the Summer Tote. I have made several. One Christmas, I made one for each person in my sewing circle. I used the same fabrics for all in a couple of colorways. I varied the fabric used for pockets and/or cover fabric so that each of the bags was unique. When the circle goes on a “field trip,” i.e., a quilt show or fabric store, we each carry our bag and get lots of comments.

  26. Lilias — July 25, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    what a great tote! i will add this to my collection for sure!

  27. Kris — July 25, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    This is a perfect tote pattern would be wonderful to work it into my next project! Love IT!

  28. Cindi — July 25, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Love the diff in pocket sizesd. I am constantly carrying books/mags everywhere I go and this will soooo be handy!

  29. Diane — July 25, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    What a fabulous bag…would love to add it to my collection!

  30. Peggy Johnson — July 25, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Love your patterns–go together very easily. I think this pattern would be great for bags for teen girls that participate in sports, maybe done in colors of their school team!! Would love to make these.

  31. Jackie jarboe — July 25, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    I have the original tote bag, was very easy to construct I like the changes to the bag. l
    looking forward to making this new bag.


  32. Dora — July 25, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Love Love Love This!! My beehive friends call me the “bag lady” (lovingly of course), because I am always making purses, bags totes, etc. They come to me when they are stuck on a step. I would love to add this to my collection.

  33. Mary Anderson — July 25, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Your bags/purses are like potato chips, in the sense of “betcha can’t make just one”! Great patterns, clear and easy instructions.

  34. Lisa B — July 25, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    What a beautiful bag. I will need to purchase the pattern and the matching fabric. This will be a great project bag. Thanks Joan for all of your great designs!

  35. Ann — July 25, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I really like this purse! It looks big enough tohandle what I liketo haul around without being too big. Like the fabrics/colors chosen for the model too!

  36. Mary — July 25, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I love all the room this tote has! I can’t wait to get the pattern and make it! Totally cute!

  37. Jackie — July 25, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Love it, another fun bag to add to my collection of Lazy Girls. Keep them coming !!!

  38. Joy V — July 25, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Love the bag, especially the ‘unmatched pockets’. Thanks for the chance of winning the pattern.

  39. Carlyn Colston — July 25, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    This is a really workable idea. I discovered this fusing about 20 yrs. ago by accident before the newer, softer fusibles were introduced. Thanks for helping me find something to do with all my stuff that was too stiff for my dishtowels.

  40. Julie Schievelbein — July 25, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Summer Lazy Girl is fantastic! I wish I could be one. I can see her moving very well into the fall also.

  41. Sue Hines — July 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Wow, Summer looks like a really nice bag with lots of room to tote around all those necessary things we all seem to have to bring. The fabric combo Julie / Jaybird used is nice. Lazy patterns are great! Thanks for the giveaway opp!

  42. Evelyn Barnes — July 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Love this Bag. Great for all those little things you acquire/need on vacation!

  43. Darla — July 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    funny that I never noticed this bag before…I’ll have to give it a try as my current tote is truly falling apart. hope I win the give-a-way

  44. Kate — July 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Fresh choice of fabrics! Love it and the functionality of the bag looks great.

  45. Joy Clenaghan — July 25, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    The Summer Tote looks like the perfect bag to make and bring on those summery weekend getaways!

  46. PhyLLis — July 25, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Summer 2011 is SO hot and so is this tote! Love the tote, not so much the weather *Ü*

  47. Phyllis — July 25, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I love this tote! What a wonderful idea to fuze two fabrics together.

  48. Ellen — July 25, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    This bag is AWESOME ! Will be making it for sure.

  49. Katy Calicchia — July 25, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Love the new bag. Looks roomy and your fabric choices are wonderful!

  50. Linda Davis — July 25, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    This Summertime bag is lovely, It looks like the perfect bag to take on short road trips. I would love to add it to my collection of your other patterns.