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!
When you need to jazz it up
Sweater, bag or coffee cup
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”

  1. Ghee — July 25, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    This bag is so functional, but the combination of fabrics in the sample are spectacular. I have made several of your bags, and have more patterns I haven’t gotten to yet. Very motivating!

  2. Gina C. — July 25, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    This looks like a great pattern! I like that the bag is lightweight.

  3. Marcia — July 25, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    That bag is gorgeous!!!!!! Love the inside pockets to help keep thigs organzied! Would love the opportunity to try and make one for myself!

  4. Judy Carter — July 25, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    HI, what a great looking tote. Think I would make one with great fall colors.

  5. Sally D — July 25, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    I love all your Lazy bags and have made most of them. This one is super great with the fused fabrics and interesting pocket design. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. tari — July 25, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Love it! This tote looks roomy enough for all summer needs, yet not too big to be an encumbrance. And all the pocket opportunities are a great option.

  7. Lynne SG — July 25, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I am about to start a new job which requires travel. This bag would be perfect for those supplies needed that don’t fit in the laptop bag, or when I don’t need the laptop! Also a great gift to make for a friend who gives walking tours in San Francisco….she carries photo albums, notes, maps, etc – perfect!

  8. Janel — July 25, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I’m looking forward to making this bag. I love totes for their size and my husband will love the zip in this design.( He worries about my bags being so open)

  9. nancy roth — July 25, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    it’s summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime;
    wish it was mine, wish it was mine, wish-wish-wish it was mine!
    really, great job and I love the bag!

  10. Charlie — July 25, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    I like the simple lines of your new Summer Tote and I’m amazed at how many new ideas are out there to try.

  11. Faye — July 25, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    I love the bag and especially the colors! What a great idea to have the large pocket in the back to hold larger magazines, etc. You have such wonderful patterns and ideas. Thanks so much.

  12. Suzanne — July 25, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    I fell in love with your patterns when I picked 1 up at a show and opend it up. My responce was holy cow, I love this not only is it clear to read but I get great pictures. This bag looks like a great bag to have and make not only for Summer but Winter too. Keep up the wonderful work you all do at Lazy Girl.

  13. Sudi — July 25, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I could really use a new summer bag!! And have just the right cool blue/green/aqua/ice fabric to use – have to have something to beat this heat!!!

  14. Jill — July 25, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    I love it!!! Perfect summer bag!!

  15. Jo — July 25, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    What a great bag! This would be so handy and it can go from work to dinner thanks to the zipper!!
    I will be making one soon!
    Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

  16. Ramona Anderson — July 25, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    It’s absolutely beautiful!!! I love the mix of functionality and fashion! Can’t wait to try sewing this and making it my own!

  17. Kim Pebley — July 25, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    I love the ease of this tote…. so many uses. The zipper is great nothing falls out. Pockets are a must for those hard to find items. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Maureen Whitmer — July 25, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Love the Summer tote!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  19. Maria F — July 25, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    love the bag. Not much of sewer but this looks like something I could do.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  20. Carol Holmquist — July 25, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I love the looks of your tote bag. I especially like that it has a zipper. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Bonnijean — July 25, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    This tote would be exciting to win. I would love to make it for myself.

  22. Cat — July 25, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    oh, i’d just LOVE to win this! the tote is very cute, and looks simple enough for me to sew, and your giveaway would make it even easier πŸ™‚

    thanks for great patterns, and great ideas on mixing cloths!

  23. Jane McKay — July 25, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    “From Beach to Shore
    Shopping and more
    Summer carries with ease
    and is sure to please.

  24. Liz A — July 25, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Darling tote bag. Would love the pattern.

  25. Cathey Smith — July 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    This was the first Lazy Girl design I ever made. It’s still my favorite. I’m in the process of moving back to the US from 20 years abroad, and when my sewing machine finally arrives, I’ll be making more for my US friends and family. My first summer tote has traveled with me all over the world!

  26. Carol Morgan — July 25, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    I love your new bag and I need a new summer bag . I would love to make it. Thanks for showing it to us and for all your wonderful work you do.

  27. Gina S. — July 25, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Great bag and i need a summer tote! This looks like it would be perfect for me. πŸ™‚

  28. T. Jo;; — July 25, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I LOVE this summer bag pattern!!! A thousand ideas of how to make it up with fabric I already have in my stash are swimming through my head!!

  29. Jackie A — July 25, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    My daughter, age 9, just started helping me make purses/bags. What a cute bag for sleepovers this would be!!

  30. Kim — July 25, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    I love this tote! It has a great shape and I love that it has a zipper closure. Julie’s version is beautiful!

  31. Marla Ellis — July 25, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Love your patterns. They turn out looking so polished and I don’t have to try and make a lot of little pieces fit together.

  32. Darlene Winter — July 25, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Love it, the colors & everything!! Beautiful bag!! Who doesn’t need another tote bag????

  33. Carol G — July 25, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Awesome tote bag! Would love to make this one for my Mom. We’re tote-bag-aholics!

  34. j hader — July 25, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Love the bag design, want to make one NOW! πŸ™‚

  35. Kathy Oppelt — July 25, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    I love this tote! Too bad I won’t get one sewn up before I travel this week, but maybe for my August trip – I’d love to be a winner…

  36. Linda — July 25, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Wow! I love the new cover girl! The fabric really shows off her pockets and construction. Way to go Joan and Julie!

  37. Jewell — July 25, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    This summer tote is beautiful. It would make a nice addition to my summer wardrobe. Wish me luck!

  38. Carol Sc — July 25, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    I have made several of your bags — and love em all! Have not made this one, but it looks like it would be very useful — probably the next on my list.

  39. Nancy B — July 25, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    This is a great looking bag. I especially like all the pockets.

  40. Sue — July 25, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I’ve learned something new today – Steam a Seam!! I’m definately going to try it!!

  41. Linda L. Davis — July 25, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    This would also make a great workhorse bag for carry my essentials back and forth to school or workshops.

  42. Barbara — July 25, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    While I’ve used fused cotton before, it was always on small projects. This would be a real challenge! But what a fun bag and with all those pockets, versitile as well. Nice!!
    xox – barb in tucson

  43. Sue H — July 25, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Very nice new bag!! DD has a purse fetish and is going to love this one I make for her!

  44. lindaschiffer — July 25, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    We carry this pattern in my shop and have very good results with it – I made a sample when it first came out and then made a couple more for my own use. I have taught the class a couple of times and customers are really excited when they find out how easy it is to make a great bag!

    πŸ™‚ Linda

  45. Ingrid B. — July 25, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Love this tote, but that’s no surprise, I love all your patterns… Your construction techniques are always just a little different, but they make the difference!! Beautiful!!

  46. Pat — July 25, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I love the summer tote. It is made so well is all of your purses/totes. It looks like lots of rooms inside. I also love the material that was choosen. It all cordinates so well.

  47. Debbie Cassidy — July 25, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    I love the fact that the pockets are a little different, just like me.

  48. Barbara — July 25, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I would make this to carry my bible, confession book and note pade to church , it would have enough room and also my wallet.

  49. Cathy G. — July 25, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    I love this tote bag. It would make a great bag for the beach and for a diaper bag for my daughter. It really is a multi-function bag

  50. Connie — July 25, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    This looks so neat! I like the idea of fusing 2 pieces of fabric and wouldn’t have thought it would have enough support. I think I have some Steam a Seam 2. Thanks!