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”

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  1. Susan — July 25, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    What a great opportunity to get to win one of your awesome patterns. This is fun!

  2. Nikki — July 25, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    In one of your posts you talked about the scan codes. I have many of your patterns and am always on the look out for material to make one. BUT I can never remember how much fabric to buy. How about a link or site, to patterns requirements, something I could access from my smart phone. With maybe a small picture, because I get the names mixed up.
    (the older I get the more mixed up I am, ggg)

  3. greer zellers — July 25, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    I really like the idea of fusing the 2 cottons together for structure. and the different size pockets on the outside add interest to the bag. Love the pattern!!
    Greer Zellers

  4. Kimber — July 25, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Hmmmm, bathing suit, wine coolers, cute bag….priceless

  5. Elna Gustavsson — July 25, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Oh how lovely! I really would like to use this bag!

  6. AnDy H — July 25, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Oh…very nice (and the fact that it is green, my fave color, doesn’t hurt either !)

    I like the roominess of it, and since I inevitably travel with a small needlework project (usually attached in a separate bag), this would have enough room to carry what I need !

  7. Jennifer P — July 25, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    It looks perfect to carry my current applique project in. Most of the bags I’ve found are too small for the project as it grows and the pockets all around can be used to carry my tools! What a beautiful new cover girl, too.

  8. Anne — July 25, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Love this tote! Julie did a fantastic job on your cover version. I like that the outer pockets offer storage for large and small items. Can’t have enough storage, and this tote looks like it fits the bill!

  9. MJSaylor — July 25, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    Love the bag, but must admit the fact that the fabric on the side doesn’t match really bothers me. But then that’s the great thing about making something yourself. I can make it the way I love it!

  10. Janice Ammundsen — July 25, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I have just unpacked my sewing machine after a 4 year hiatus and this could possibly be the perfect project to reacquaint myself with the sewing process!! Great job – and gorgeous fabric!

  11. Marymac — July 25, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Darn it….you can’t have MY tote bag and the pattern until I’m done with it. It’s been a long time since I had such a nice bag that will fit my Kindle just fine so I can take it on day trips to a doctor’s office or or….or….I’ll think of something while you read this.

  12. Jeannie Hertz — July 25, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I LOVE the summer tote. I had totally forgotten about the quilters canvas. Thanks for refreshing my memory! I also like the fact that it is not so wide but will hold a lot because it’s deeper.

  13. Rosalyn — July 25, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    I like the looks of the summer tote. Really enjoy making your patterns.

  14. Beth S. — July 25, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Great looking bag. Would work great for shopping, carrying items to work or going to the beach with husband and kids.

  15. carol c — July 25, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    What a wonderful bag, I ws looking for one for retreat, this would be great!

  16. Barbara McBride — July 25, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I think it’s awesome, love the colors and variety of fabric designs and what a handy size. My daughter would just love this one, she’s about to have first child and these are their colors, best to all. 🙂

  17. teri — July 25, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    I love having pocket big enough for magazine especially when travelling.

  18. Deanna B — July 25, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    This tote looks like it would be a great Christmas gift! I have 3 daughters that would love this.

  19. Alane — July 25, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Your bag designs are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Kathy — July 25, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    I need a bag like this! What better way to get it, than to make it myself!

  21. Mitts McMaster — July 25, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Luv this bag so much and bought the pattern when it first arrived on the scene, am going to blog about this one today and I happen to be making a new one to take on my vacation in Europe this coming August. This bag presented today is so colorful and bright, great job.

  22. Margaret — July 25, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    I love the fabric selection. It looks like a summer bag and perfect for the beach!

  23. Carrie — July 25, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Love Lazy GIrl Design!! This looks like a super bag.

  24. Donna Carr — July 25, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    What a beautiful bag! I love the colors and all the detail! Would make my day to win!

  25. Kathe G — July 25, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    What a great tote! So many uses and so different and beautiful. Thanks for your talent and the giveaway.

  26. Fran Bott — July 25, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    What a cute bag, and outer pockets too! it would be great for carrying around my spindle and wool, so I can spin while waiting at the doctors office or anywhere else. I could carry my crocheting also.

  27. Jeanne Jones — July 25, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    I love this bag. The zipper looks great and all the pockets make this a great summer bag.

  28. Sue Bewick — July 25, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I’d LOVE to win this giveaway! The cover sample tote is striking… FQ friendly and lightweight with lots of pockets gets my vote every time. Can’t have too many Lazy bags imho! I really really hope my number is one of the three chosen.

  29. Barbara Winkler — July 25, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    I would love to win!!

  30. charlotte — July 25, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    The bag is awesome.

  31. Scarlett — July 25, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    I SO need to make one of these! I love the new cover photo! Love your patterns, Joan!!!

  32. Connie Douty — July 25, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    The quilting group I attend has made many, many bags of the same pattern.
    It is time for a change so I need to win and start a new trend using the Lazy Girl Summer Tote. The colors are classy.

  33. Sandi Fisher — July 25, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I have always liked this tote! So cute yet so practical.

  34. Pamela Gonzalez — July 25, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    What a great bag to toss in everything I need for a day away! It’s a one bag only bag!! I’d love to make several of these!! Thanks for all your great patterns!! Pam G

  35. Claudia Wade — July 25, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Beautiful bag. It’s amazing how different fabrics make a bag look different. Love all the pockets. This one is now on my list. Thanks!

  36. Shirley — July 25, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    This is a lovely looking bag that would take care of all your needs. I also love the colors you have selected for yours. Would be great to win.

  37. Carol Schuett — July 25, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    I love this tote, especially the blending of the fabrics. The inside pockets are nice and the tote looks very sturdy. This would make a fantastic gym bag or commute tote.

  38. Shirley — July 25, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    This bag is adorable and doesn’t look difficult. I’d like to try it!

  39. Sue — July 25, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    This is a perfect design for so many different uses. I look forward to making it.

  40. SonyaW — July 25, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Always love your bags. :)Would love to make thisone:)

  41. Deborah — July 25, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    I LOVE your patterns and your blog! Look forward to it every week and voila – a giveaway on my birthday! Can it get any better?!? Keep up the good lazyness!!!

  42. Patricia — July 25, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Love your patterns. I’m working on a Miranda today.

  43. Kim — July 25, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I LOVE IT! I NEED IT! 🙂 Haven’t made a Lazy Girl I haven’t loved yet.

  44. Karen — July 25, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    It looks like another great design.I would love to win this!

  45. Carla Brown — July 25, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Love this bag, love all your patterns, have several but I don’t have this pattern yet so it would be great to win and if I don’t will definitely have to add this one to my collection. I especially like bags with zippers and those fabric colors are great.

  46. Ami M — July 25, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Cool bag. I love it! Hope I win.

  47. Judys — July 25, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Great design (as usual) and it looks super simple to put together – quick and practical, what can be better??

  48. Marianna — July 25, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Love the bag! I’m already thinking of some fabric combinations for it.

  49. Gaycha Mayhew — July 25, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Can not wait to try this new bag. I have made all of your purses and love each one.

  50. Denise — July 25, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    To head to the beach or to run around town,
    Summer tote bag wont make you frown,
    She’ll carry your cell phone, and Magazines too,
    She has room for water, and and a sweater in blue.
    Pockets galore, and fabrics so pretty,
    Winning this pattern and accessories would make me SEW spinny!!!

    (ok, a poet I am not, but I would LOVE the Summer tote bag!!)