It’s finally time to complete our tote!! Today, we’ll sew and attach the strap, insert the grommet, and add the button. We are in the home stretch!
Fold and press both short ends of the strap to the wrong side 1/4”.
Fold the strap in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press a crease. Open up the strap, then fold each raw edge in toward the center crease. Press well. If you used fusible fleece in the beginning, and it is already attached to your strap, fold the strap in half enclosing the raw edges and proceed to the next step. If you are using a loose piece of fleece, unfold your strap and insert the fleece inside in the center of the strap. Fold the strap in half enclosing the raw edges.
Topstitch around all four sides of the strap.
Install one large grommet on each side panel of the tote following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the top edge of the grommet is at least 1/2” down from the top edge of the tote.
Insert the end of each strap inside a grommet opening from the outside of the bag. Fold up the strap to the inside and stitch a rectangle shape with an X in the middle to reinforce the strap.
Stitch your large decorative button approximately 1” below the front V of the tote and close your tote with the button loop.
Time to hit the pool or the beach or fill with diapers or wrap as a gift!! Whatever its intended use, your tote is complete. Give yourself a pat on the back! Just be sure to add your photos to our Flickr group or Facebook group by Monday, August 4th to be entered to win the grand prize. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong. We’ll announce the winner next week!
See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here: