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. Kathy Combs — July 25, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    I like the tote because it looks like it will be big enough to hold all of my stuff! Also the fact that you can make it in colors to coordinate with your clothes. Why make just one?!

  2. Lisa Landis — July 25, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    So cute-I love this pattern

  3. Wendy Culbreath — July 25, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    great new tote Joan

  4. Sue — July 25, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    I love the Summer Tote… it would be perfect to carry my knitting along with me, when I am out and about… pick me…

  5. Rita r Hall — July 25, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Nice bag! I LOVE the larger pocket for a magazine on the go. I wanna win the pattern!!! PLEASE!!! ;o) You have such wonderful patterns. THANK YOU!!!

  6. Jan in Oz — July 25, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    Functional, logical instructions, light and lovely and ideal for on-board luggage … but most of all FUN! Sounds like a perfect LAZY and with our summer still a few months away even I could get it made by then.

  7. Sharon Dunn — July 25, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    This tote looks fabulous. I am such a “tote-aholic”!! I would love to win it, but will be sure to buy it if I don’t.

  8. lisle — July 25, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    So much fun!! I love Summer because she’s so light and still so roomy.

  9. Elizabeth Sarver — July 25, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    This is the bag I’ve been looking for! Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. SONJA — July 25, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    You never disappoint me with your designs. With a bag that big I wouldn’t have to put it on a diet quite so soon.

  11. Peggy Dixon — July 25, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Wow, This bag would not only take me through Summer but in a different fabric could take me through Fall and Winter. You giveaways are wonderful, hoping I’ll be lucky….

  12. Sally G — July 25, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

    :ove the zipper!

  13. Claire Fisher — July 25, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    Love those Lazies and the summer tote is another winner. Would love to add this pattern to my other Lazy Girl patterns of which I have many. The finished product is always a success.

  14. Vanessa B — July 25, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Luv the new style,tall on one side shorter on the other outside pocket, wheee…and Luv these fabrics πŸ™‚ Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway!

  15. Wanda Sotkowy — July 25, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    I love the fabric used on this tote and the various pockets. I love pockets in everything.

    I hope you choose my name to win one of these patterns.

  16. Judy B — July 25, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    I like that it is sturdy, has pockets inside and out and a zipper to secure your contents. The seams that are at different levels are a nice touch. I can hardly wait to make one!

  17. Maureen — July 25, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    Love the tote and the fabric, here’s hoping I get lucky enough to win one

  18. Carol — July 25, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Love this summer tote, Great colors!

  19. deb — July 25, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    Love It!! I have the perfect fabric for it.

  20. Bridget Bidonde — July 25, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    I’ve never seen a bag pattern I didn’t like, but this one I LOVE!!

  21. Jeannie D — July 26, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Love the Betz White fabric for Robert Kaufman! I just read about it last week. It compliments this design perfectly!

  22. Jill — July 26, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    I am a tote kinda girl and this Summer Tote is awesome! The fabrics you picked are perfect πŸ™‚

  23. Joyce Finch — July 26, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    This is a great looking tote. Looking forward to making one.

  24. Rae G — July 26, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    Aloha from Hawaii, this is a great tote to use in our humid weather! I love the idea of fusing two fabics for stabilization, instead of hunting for upholstry fabric for stiffness. The bag looks very roomy to be used as a beach towel bag when you go for a cool swim during these hot, humid Hawaiian summer days! Thank you for your patterns!!

  25. hueisei — July 26, 2011 @ 12:54 am

    Lovely… I normally will carry it to shopping or relaxing place like coffee house πŸ˜€
    Thanks for a chance to win!!!!

  26. Leah — July 26, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    That bag looks like fun. It would be perfect to carry all my stuff….

  27. Helen Bates — July 26, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    Hello; I really love the bag. And design, a good size .Lots of room for things. Nice job of the shape and the colour. Helen Bates

  28. Ruth Root — July 26, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Most excellent Joan! I can just SEE this tote on my daughter’s shoulder for Christmas!

  29. Mary Bennett — July 26, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    I just made 6 of these with purple quilted fabric and gave to my night shift caregivers for a thank you for being a great team

  30. Mary Anne — July 26, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    I love the bag – I like a bag with one large compartment and little side pockets inside.

  31. Sharon Aitchison — July 26, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    I’ve a pretty good feeling that the ladies on my Christmas list will be getting a new, zippered tote … and we’ll just call it the WINTER TOTE! What a nice bag … perfect size for hauling around the ‘whatcha gotta haves’ for work, gym, shopping, day trips … you name it! I see it in gorgeous deep wintery colors … and then come spring, will brighten it up with florals … or perhaps some flamingos!! GREAT BAG!

  32. Marnie Pettey — July 26, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Summer is the perfect tote for my other love…..knitting! She is open and roomy, yet has enough pockets to stash all of the little goodies I need. And the outside pocket is just right for a pattern. And, when I tire of knitting, I can toss in my Kindle, too!

  33. Lisa Wassmer — July 26, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    I am in love with totes! you can never have enough. I would live to make this one it will be the perfect beach bag!

  34. Barbara Campbell — July 26, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Summer tote looks like fun and easy to make, too. Would love to win the pattern and make a few for holiday gifts.

  35. Kim — July 26, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Just love the new cover! Makes me really want to give this bag a try. Love your Margo – have given 3 already as gifts as well as Chloe to a few girlfriends for bday presents.


  36. Marianne — July 26, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Thanks for sharing. I like this bag and looks like it would be easy to make. I would be using this bag to take on my trip out of town.

  37. Patti Van Matre — July 26, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Oh, this summer tote looks very cute and functional as well. My daughter is a teacher and in need of a new tote bag for her computer and school supplies. This would be great made up in some cute teacher prints. Please enter me in the drawing! Keep up the good work, Joan. You are the best.


  38. Anita — July 26, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    I love this summer tote Joan. I am going to get the pattern and make one. I could use it to carry my needlework in wherever I go. And what a great handbag too.

  39. Jean L — July 26, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    I love the zipper in the summer bag and also the difference in the side pockets, see lots of possibilities of things to fit there. I certainly want to give this one a try. Thanks.

  40. Quilter's Joy — July 26, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Love it! I need quick bag patterns – with my short attention span, I think I could get this one done!

  41. ozjane — July 26, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    I love the bags that you demonstrate. That alone makes the bag special for me.

  42. Michele — July 26, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Love it! Can’t wait to check my LQS….unless I win it, of course!

  43. LouAnn — July 26, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I didn’t realize the two fabrics were fused together. What a great idea!
    LouAnn in Colorado

  44. Barbara Morris — July 26, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    I like bags that are noticed when I walk down the street. Friday I get a french braid done at the local Beauty School. When I walk down the street people stop me to comment on my hair. NIOW they stop me for my hair but also to comment on the purse or bag I am using that day. THIS bag would cause lots of compliments. It is a good size, fabric is well thought out and it would look good on arm.

    Babara aka penpallady

  45. Traci — July 26, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Just love the fabric that was used! What a great pattern!

  46. ozjane — July 26, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Have just watched the demonstration again and remembered I have 4 pieces quilted and ready for pockets and zips…
    But I always get to the end of the demo and want to see you finish the bag off.
    I think I am somewhat dyslectic at pattern reading alone.

  47. Linda Nelson — July 26, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Can’t resist a great tote!

  48. Margaret — July 26, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Oh what a great tote for short trips. I just retired and would love to make this for my short trips to the coast. Love love love it!

  49. Randa Robison — July 26, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Love this bag! It would be fun to make for my girls!

  50. Bunny Vance — July 26, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I just love the summer tote! Roomy but not bulky! Perfect for a road trip and magazines!