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. Sue Kennedy — July 26, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    The way the handles have been used is a neat thing about the tote. It looks very professional and convenient. Keep on designing.


  2. Bridget Murphy — July 26, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Just love this bag. I am always looking for a tote to carry knitting in and this would fit the bill and also be unique.

  3. Val Cosby — July 26, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    You can never have to many bags!! Love the pattern.

  4. Apple — July 26, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Love this tote design! My mom needs a new one and this would be perfect for her!

  5. Yvonne Thompson — July 26, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I LOVE this! The fabrics that you selected are fabulous…

  6. Susan Plichta — July 26, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Love the summer tote. Especially love the way the handles are put together. Love the side pockets too. Can you tell I love everything about the new summer tote?

  7. Debbie — July 26, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    What a great tote for all seasons! I love the sample tote fabrics. Would love to have the pattern.

  8. Melissa Hultz — July 26, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    i love the looks of this bag and have some great “flip flop” material to make it out of!!

  9. Linda Frye — July 26, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    The Summe Tote is AWESOME! As a teacher I can see this becoming a wonderful school bag. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. sylvia p — July 26, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    love the summer tote, it would make a great go to church bag, for my song books and bible, praise the lord!!!! keep up the great work joan. bless u. lucinda s padgett

  11. wendy h — July 26, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I have been wanting a new lazy girl purse! Sadly my fabric store no longer carries them.

  12. Kathy Mazac — July 26, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Love this tote and would love to win it.
    Your website and photos have sure inspired me to bring out the sewing machine again.

  13. JoAnn — July 26, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    This looks like it would be an interesting and fun tote to construct. I can see using it for a shop hop or overnight bag. I am also interested in seeing if the pattern could be adapted to use a messenger/cross body handle. JoAnn

  14. Rita Ritter — July 26, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    What a neat bag to do embroidery on, Luv it…..

  15. Marilyn — July 26, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    I love the new look!! The Summer Tote pattern is 1 of only 3 of the Lazy Girl bag patterns that I don’t have. That’s only because I haven’t gotten around to ordering it yet. I loooooove Lazy Girl bag patterns. They are so stylish and easy to make. Every time I make one for someone they always ask me to make them another one (or two).

  16. Rose H — July 26, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Love a bag or purse with a zipper as it keeps all the important stuff tucked in. The Summer will hold plenty of stuff safely in it’s pockets and inside so it is a must do.

  17. Julie — July 26, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I love this bag design. I made it in my perfect fabric/colors a couple of years ago. It was one of my go-to bags. It’s so versatile. Unfortunately, my daughter has discovered it and I haven’t seen it empty recently.

  18. MichelleJ — July 26, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Another wonderful pattern! This looks perfect for work (so much more fun than a briefcase, certainly.) I love that it has a zipper – functional, yet decorative. Good work, Joan, once again.

  19. Geraldene Woods — July 26, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Always admired your Bags from afar, just love this bag particularly with the zipper in the top, I think its just the one to make me jump rightin and make one. An Ozzie would love to win.

  20. Kathleen — July 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Love the Summer Tote…great for a smaller diaper bag or a carry all for any occassion! THANKS!

  21. Debi Cutter — July 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I’d love to try a “lazy” bag and this one is just the right size!!! Woot! Woot!!

  22. Veronica L. Derby — July 26, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    I adore this tote. I especially like how the pattern falls uneven. I like things that aren’t the same as everyone else, you came up with some fantastic styles and patterns.

  23. Stephanie M — July 26, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I like this bag (and all Lazy Girl bags) and am looking forward to making it to replace my worn out Coach bag. Your patterns are easy to follow and are flexible….I could make a different bag for each day of the week if I wanted…just need to have appropriate material on hand.

  24. Margie Veon — July 26, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I want to make me one! Gave the first one away to my hair-cutter friend and she told me it is perfect for all her supplies when she goes to another location than the shop to do wedding parties. So you can imagine how much it holds!

  25. Carolyn H. — July 26, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    That’s what I need to make for my oldest daughter. I made her a Miranda day bag a couple of years ago and she stuffs it so full she has almost worn it out. This would give her more room for her things.

  26. Cindy — July 26, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    What a terrific bag!!! Perfect size, great pockets. I’m new to the Lazy Girl family, but I think this is the first bag I’ll need to make!

  27. Gennie Johnson — July 26, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Lookin forward to Makin the Summer tote with fusing the cotton fabric together. have made oddles of the town purse. love the techinique

  28. Brenda Roland — July 26, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    Dear Joan,
    I love your Summer Tote. It is the perfect size for carrying everything a grandmother of 3 needs to carry. And when I am not with grandbabies, I can bring along a nice little portable project for waiting in the doctor’s office, etc. I gottta have it! As always, a really great job, Joan.

  29. Sherry MayLee — July 26, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Wow! I really like the idea that there is no batting in this but it will still be substantial. I can’t wait to make it!

  30. Sue Biles — July 26, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    Thank you for your giveawaY. i love YOUR PATTERNS!!!

  31. Susan Brooks — July 26, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    This is the bag I have been looking for! So glad you found it!!
    I use Lazy Patterns for all my bags and get complements all the time.
    I’ve been asked to sell them, but I like to make them for me.
    Does that make me selfish?
    Or proud of my sewing skills?
    Mention copyright and peoples eyes glaze over.!
    Didn’t your mama teach you not to steal?

  32. Suzie — July 26, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    I love lazies! The new Summer Tote looks fantastic! Nice update!

  33. Nina Taylor — July 26, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    This is a terrific bag. It could hold all my summer needs and a crafty project.

  34. Michelle lange — July 26, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    What a great bag – I think this would be great for a day trip bag. I have been looking for a bag to make as Christmas gifts and this is it! Thank you for your great designs.

  35. JoAn GODFREY — July 26, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    LOVE the summer tote. NEED the pattern.

  36. Dee Hamilton — July 26, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Another wonderful pattern.

  37. Penny B — July 26, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Joan your patterns are soooooo easy to follow and since I subscribe to the theory that the one with the most bags wins (dont plan on dying to get the award) but would love the new pattern, it is one I don’t already have. keep up the good work…..!

  38. Louise Mills — July 26, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Love this bag. I would like to make it to carry my sewing to the quilting place when I meet the other ladies to sew. LOVE IT!!

  39. Rosalee Suchsland — July 26, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    I love your patterns, and this is a great looking bag! Love the different sized pockets!

  40. Sharron Brittingham — July 26, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    Love the Summer Tote!

  41. Sherryl Zurek — July 26, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I love this bag. I could use it for lots of things, including my computer so I won’t leave it behind.

  42. Cynthia — July 26, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Very cute and I love the colors very functional!

  43. linda — July 26, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    What a lovely tote! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern etc. I’ve got some lovely batiks that would be perfect also. I’d love to experience sewing a LazyGirl Designs pattern.

  44. janice merritt — July 26, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    I would just LUV to be able to make this!

  45. Lorraine babuick — July 26, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    I love anything that is a Lazy Girl design. Please keep making such wonderful bags.

  46. StitchingBahma — July 26, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Oh I think this bag is gorgeous! I especially love that it has a zipper!

  47. Jan Milton — July 26, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    This is just beautiful and the fabrics – oh my!!!! This purse would be a great one to take on quilt retreats. Your patterns are the best.

  48. Kath Hardy — July 26, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
    – Sam Keen

    Love your summer tote….and I would totally respect it!!!

  49. Alice — July 26, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Love the bag. Looks so quick to put together! You always come up with wonderful fabric combinations!

  50. Mary Ann — July 26, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Great style….and can be made with Fat Quarters!!! I love that I can use coordinating fat quarters that I already have for the Summer Tote!