Have you heard of Riley Blake Designs? If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out! They have the most wonderful fabrics. When I was a SNAP Conference, I got to sew with a couple of their fun fabrics and also to meet a couple of the ladies who work at Riley Blake Designs. I contacted them when I got home and they invited me to participate in their Home Decor Love Blog Hop. So exciting! I decided to make this Tablet Tote Bag with the fabrics I picked and they were nice enough to send me the fabric for participating. So on we go with the tutorial.
These are the fabrics I pick from their Home Decor line. They are named Aqua Diamond and Spice Main Blue. I ordered too much fabric, so expect to see this again on another project soon. I already have something in mind. The nice thing about the Home Decor line is that the fabric is nice and sturdy, so it will wear well over time. It’s also really great for a bag because it isn’t wimpy. Isn’t it lovely fabric?
If you don’t know, this is Samantha. I talked her into being my model. We watched her youngest son play a baseball game and then took the pictures.
I made this bag for my full size iPad, so if your tablet is something besides 8×10, adjust the fabric sizes accordingly. I had two types of fabric and some fusible fleece. I also used one button and a 2 inch piece of velcro. For each type of fabric, I cut the following pieces:
18″ x 10″ (back)
12″ x 10″ (front)
6″ x 7″ (pocket)
50″ x 2 1/2″ (strap)
11″ x 9 1/2″ (fleece for front)
17″ x 9 1/2″ (fleece for back)
5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (fleece)
After everything is cut, iron all of the fabric pieces. NOT the fleece. Then iron the fleece onto the back side of your outside fabric pieces. If you don’t know how to fuse the fleece to your fabric, read THIS POST, where I made a tripod bag. Coincidently, I used Riley Blake fabric for that project too. I told you I love it.
Next, sew the pocket. Iron the fleece on the pocket and then sew the wrong sides of the two fabrics together, leaving an opening to turn the fabric right side out. Iron the pocket and then sew all the way around the edges to ensure a nice edge.
Sew the pocket on the back side of the bag, on the outside fabric, centering it across and about 2 inches up from the bottom. Be sure not to sew the top of the pocket closed. That would be a bummer.
Now attach the velcro to the flap. To do this, I lined up my front and back fabric and then figured out where I wanted the closure to be. Then I pinned it in place and then sewed it in place.
For the front and back of the bag:
Sew the inside and outside fabrics together, leaving a small opening on the bottom to flip the fabrics. Since we sewed the velcro and pocket on prior to sewing the two fabrics together, there won’t be seams inside the bag.
Clip the corners of the bag and the edges to avoid excess fabric and then flip it right side out. Iron again and sew a seam across the bottom of the fabrics to close up the openings.
Now do the same thing for the strap, except there won’t be any fleece.
This is what your pieces will look like prior to assembling them together.
Now it’s time to assemble the bag. The strap is actually the bottom and sides too. Handy, right? Also, if you want the strap longer, just cut it longer than 50 inches. Find the exact center of the strap and the exact center of the bottom of the bag and pin it together, outside fabrics together. Then pin it in place all the way around. The picture below shows the corners so you can see how to get around the extra fabric. Sew it together.
Now do the same thing with the other piece. This is what it will look like as your sewing. When you’re finished, flip the bag right side out. Your strap will be open at the top. I used a button to attach the two pieces. It’s super cute!
This is the finished bag at the park.
Super cute, right? I so love this fabric. They have so many choices too.
Now, in a blog hop you get to visit all of the other projects and get some inspiration. I have checked out a lot of them and found some really great projects to add to my list. You should check them out too and see what you can sew.
Thank you so much again to Riley Blake Designs for this fantastic fabric and the opportunity to participate in this fun blog hop!