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. Moneik — July 25, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    I love the summer tote! I’ve probably made 10+ of this pattern. Sometimes I change it up a bit, but for the most part follow the pattern. I love it’s versitility and ease of use. My friends think it makes a great diaper bag.

  2. Evelyn — July 25, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    My sisters and I are bag-crazy and we love the Lazy Girl patterns. The summer tote is a perfect example of innovative techniques, quick contruction, and stylish design. Please count me in!

  3. Jo Anne — July 25, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    The bag is a convenient size. I like that it has a zipper to keep things from falling out. A great take-along-a-project bag.

  4. Katrin — July 25, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Summer… a time for fun! A time to share moments of joy and showing that with a special summer bag.

  5. Ginger Garbarino — July 25, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Love this bag pattern, and it’s nice & roomy. Made the Towne purse for my daughter and she absolutely loves it. But this pattern seems better for me because I put just about everything in my purse. Well except for the old kitchen sink cause it’s makes any purse a tad bit too heavy. 🙂

  6. HouseDragon — July 25, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    The Summer Bag looks COOL!

    So many possibilities, so little time!

  7. Debbie Farris — July 25, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    I love the new look !! I will be making another!

  8. Joyce Cloud — July 25, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Joan just love all of your patterns and really love this totebag. I also love making totebags and have made some for members of my family

  9. Shirley Ponder — July 25, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    I made 3 of the original pattern of Summer Tote back in Feb/March of this year and gave them for gifts. I like your new look and glad I have the pattern. One day I’ll make more. Is the only difference in the pattern, the cover or are there changes to the pattern. I also have other LGD patterns which I haven’t had a chance to make. Recently I made 3 of the Roundabouts and gave them as gifts. I would love to be considered a winner in this drawing. Thanks for having it.

  10. Helen Jones — July 25, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    I like the idea of fusing two pieces of fabric together.

  11. Debbie Reaves — July 25, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    Oh my goodness! I need this pattern so much. I’m carrying an old purse I made that’s wearing out. I also need to make a diaper bag because I’ve got a great-grand baby coming soon.
    Pick me … pick me … pick me…. (can’t you just hear me jumping up and down?)

    I love this bag and the idea of fusing the two fabrics together. gotta get me some of that fusing stuff!

    Thanks so much for a chance to win this pattern.


  12. Sue Orcutt — July 25, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Love all the Lazy Girl bags, have made lots. Would love to win a pattern.

  13. Vickie — July 25, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    WOW, I’ll for sure be making this Lazy bag for Christmas.
    Pick me ….. Thank you!

  14. Jeanie — July 25, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    Love this purse…..who am I kidding…..I love all of your patterns! Sure would love to win this give-a-way! Thanks so much!

  15. Carrie — July 25, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Great bag! I love it and all of your bags! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Jean — July 25, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    This is the classiest bag! Fusing fabrics together is a great technique to learn. Thaks, Lazy Girl!

  17. Kirstin — July 25, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    What a great bag! i love the design. Can’t wait to pick up the pattern… (if I don’t win of course) 😀

  18. Barb Batchelder — July 25, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    I absolutely am in love with this bag. I don’t know if I like the idea of no batting, the pockets or the shape the most, but I love the whole thing. Pick me, Pick me.

  19. Marlene Carpes — July 25, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Great ideia!! Love it!!
    I need some one, beautifull.
    Have you patterns??

  20. MaryBeth — July 25, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    I love the 2 fabrics fused together. I’ve used this technique in a different pattern and it works really well. Love your zipper techniques!!

  21. Angela L. — July 25, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    This bag is so neat looking! I love the way the pockets are different sizes, would nicely accomodate a variety of things! I have a brand new baby and this bag looks like it would make a perfect diaper bag! I would love to have one! Thanks Lazies for putting out another fabulous pattern!

  22. Patricia Hogge — July 25, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    Dear Joan & Quilty/Crafty Friends,

    I LUV LUV LUV your Tote/Bag/Purse Patterns Joan. And during July, I always start thinking of lovely things that I would like to start sewing, for Christmas gifties. Would certainly LUV to add this Lazy Girl Summer Tote to my Lazy Girl Pattern collection. I just know that some beloved Family member or Friend would love to wake up to this one, on Christmas morn. 🙂

    HUGS!!! Patricia “Pat” Hogge in Bremerton, WA

  23. Jeanne — July 25, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    I love this pattern! I have made two of these in previous summers and still use them a lot. They are great for travelling on a plane, lightweight yet everything is zipped in and you’re less likely to lose things.

  24. Angela — July 25, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    I love this bag and I REALLY love Joan’s directions in her patterns! They are clear and so easy to follow. Can’t wait to try fusing fabrics together.

  25. Pat Bollman — July 25, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    Love the new shape. Not sure about no batting but I’ll be willing to give it a try.

    Pat B.

  26. Judy Sexton — July 25, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    Wow! What a great bag, can’t wait to make it… will use it to carry my bobbin lace pillow – to workshops, demos, and meetings. What a great way to advertise my lacemaking skills and your lovely bag.

  27. Elaine — July 25, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    Love the summer tote! I especially like the fabric combinations.

  28. Susan — July 25, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    I have a special love of the Summer Tote. It was the first LGD I ever made.
    I made it for my duaghter who was going to an important writer’s conference in San Francisco.
    I called Joan from Southern Baja where I live to find out how I could get the pattern sent to me in a timely manner.
    By watching her videos, I was able to make the bag precisely as Joan describes in her excellent instructions.
    I have made dozens of the Summer Tote, and all of my friends that have them love them, and those that don’t, want one.
    I like the new bag colors and I love the technique.
    Making my first Summer revitalized my sewing and my creativity.
    Thank you Joan!

  29. Linda — July 25, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    I have a few of your patterns and love, love, love the clear instructions and the professional looking results. For some reason, I failed to recognize the unique construction of the Summer Tote—now that I know about this bag I’ll have to put it on my wish list—but maybe I’ll wait until after the giveaway to put in my order. 🙂 Thanks for all the great techniques—and this opportunity.


  30. Bambi Mayer — July 25, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    FABULOUS bag! I would love to make one for each of my traveling friends and at least one for myself.

  31. Carol — July 25, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Love the tote. Would be nice for summer or winter!

  32. Tamie — July 25, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    I’ve been looking for the perfect purse with no luck. This could be it.

  33. Brenda Wilber — July 25, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Love Lazy Girly designs and so far I’ve only made the Margo. Would love to have this tote pattern to add to my collection!

  34. Jane — July 25, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    I LOVE this bag! I want to make one. In fact , I want to make lots! Pick me, pick me…..

  35. Maureen Cross — July 25, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    I like the look of this bag and the fact that you can carry a lot in the bag.
    I have sewn some of your patterns and they are great to make

  36. OHSue — July 25, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    What a great bag, love all the pockets!

  37. Heidi — July 25, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Love this tote! Can carry anything in it all summer it’s so big!

  38. Judy — July 25, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Whats not to love about this bag, I love the design and color choice. I will have to have this one .
    thank you for your great designs.

  39. Eileen — July 25, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    I need to make a diaper bag for my daughter and this looks like it would work for that.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Sharon Highfield — July 25, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    This summer tote looks sturdy, stylish, and large enough to handle anything one needs to take along.

  41. Janet — July 25, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Looks like a great bag thar would hold all my summer necessities

  42. Karen Dicken — July 25, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    What a great bag. I see what you mean about the bowling bag… what charm! The zipper looks easy to install, and yet with the end tabs, it looks very stylish. Congratulations on another winner of a bag! I would love to make one or more of these.

  43. Kathy — July 25, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I just found out about your bags this week! I”m so glad I did they are beautiful creations!!! Love love love the colors in this Summer bag, perfect for the season! I’m a dedicated follower of your site now! And can’t wait to start making some of my own!

  44. Carol Broughton — July 25, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    LOVE the new bag!! This is definitely on my list to make for Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Marilyn R — July 25, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Love the bag. It would be great to take to the beach. Put all your goodies in, book, suntan location, snackage, and you are good to go.

  46. DebC — July 25, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    great look. if it holds a file folder it would hold my kindle with style –

  47. Barbara Teer — July 25, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I really do like the colors and the ease of making this bag. I would love to win the bag to make it for several brown outfits I have.

  48. Mary Shoudis — July 25, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Love Lazy patterns. What a cool idea to use a scissor fob for a zipper pull.

  49. Colleen — July 25, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Nice tote…a girl can never have too many bags and this one looks like it would be great as an overnight bag. Love the fabric choices on the cover model too!

  50. Beth in CT — July 25, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    I especially love the zipper on top. It’s a must for anything I carry. I have made many of your Wonder Wallets and enjoy your instructions!