Sweetheart Picnic Tote
Surprise your sweetheart at a remote location with a romantic picnic whether your idea includes a meal or simply wine and chocolates. The tote interior is big enough to carry a bottle of wine and two glasses and then some. The front pocket easily accommodates a small box of candy, a wine opener and a large engagement ring! Toast a sunrise or a sunset by reciting a sonnet from the Portuguese printed on the front pocket. Bring out this tote bag for Valentine's day or any time love is in the air! The pocket text and hearts graphic is one image and free when you download the instructions.
step 2 - I chose to spray the vinyl with Super 77 Adhesive instead of spraying the image. Center the printed film image side down and a half inch from the bottom edge of the vinyl.
step 4 - Position the pocket on the tote front centered 3" away from each side and 13 inches from the top raw edge. The image side of the pocket should be facing the right side of the tote front.
step 5 - Sew the pocket to the vinyl with a half inch seam allowance.
step 9 - With right sides together, sew the tote's left and right side seams top to bottom.
step 11 - Sew the side seams of the lining leaving the bottom open. Do the same for the fleece.
step 13 - On the wrong side of the fleece fabric, stitch the bottom 2” in from the side seams leaving the bottom center open. Flatten the bottom corners as you did with the vinyl to create the flat bottom. Sew the corners. Do the same with the lining.
step 15 - Attach the four grommets to the center top of each ribbon. Follow grommet package directions.
Step 17 - Cut a heavy piece of cardboard to measure 2.75” x 9.75”. Place it in the bottom of the bag and push it into the corners to create a stable flat bottom.
Cut Fabric Pieces:
(all seam allowances are .50”)
14” x29” outer bag
8” x 8” pocket
Heart Print Lining
2 pieces - 14” x 12.50” tote front and back
8” x 8” pocket lining
2 pieces 14” x 12.50” tote front and back
step 18 - Hand or machine stitch the center bottom seam of the fleece and then the lining.
At Fabric Shop
- 3 yards red 1.50” ribbon
- Everything Mary screw on purse grommets
- Super 77 adhesive spray
- 1 yard vinyl
- 2/3 yard lining
- 2/3 yard fleece
- rawhide cord
- jump rings
- heart charms
- Ink Jet Printer
- Craft Attitude Film