Fold the pocket in half, right sides together, and sew the side seams. 
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Making It Blog Series: How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag

Hi friends!

Today is week 2 in the Making It mini blog event.

Breast Cancer Series: Quilted Tote Bag with Soulful Shades of Pink Fabric featured by top US quilting blog Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: shares a tutorial on making a tote bag.

Making It

Last week, I shared a free PDF for a tote bag, Kris shared tips on strip piecing and Joanne shared her breast cancer journey. It was so moving to read about her story.

How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag, a sewing tutorial featured by top US quilting and sewing blog, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

So many of us know someone who has battled breast cancer or who has battle cancer. For me, it is personal. I lost my dad to cancer when I was a girl, we lost my father in law to cancer 20 years ago and my mother in law has been battling cancer for a few years. I lost a very dear friend to breast cancer. My cousin’s husband died from cancer; another friend’s husband died from cancer. A friend’s dad is fighting cancer. And the list goes on.

My Dad

One very supportive place for cancer fighters is the American Cancer Society. I know they were a huge help when Joanne was going though her battle and we plan to donate all the projects we have made to the American Cancer Society  in her area. That way, someone can use them and know people are supporting them. Even strangers!

How to Add Pockets to a Tote Bag

Today I am going to share a quick, easy way to add pockets to any tote bag. For this tote bag, I cut my pocket fabric from the leftover fabric A- the main fabric used in my bag. I cut a piece 8 ½” x 13″. Then I cut a piece of interfacing 8 ½” x 6 ½”.

How to determine size to cut the pocket: decide how big you want the finished pocket to be; mine was 8″ wide x 6″ deep. Add ½” to the width and double the length plus 1″. The interfacing is cut half the length of the pocket.

Fuse the interfacing onto the wrong side of the pocket. Fold in the short ends of the pocket ¼”, wrong side together.

How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag, a sewing tutorial featured by top US quilting and sewing blog, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

Fold the pocket in half, right sides together, and sew the side seams.

How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag, a sewing tutorial featured by top US quilting and sewing blog, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

Turn the pocket right sides out and push out the top corners. I like to use a wooden dowel.

How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag, a sewing tutorial featured by top US quilting and sewing blog, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

Topstitch along the top edge and then position on a bag lining.

How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag, a sewing tutorial featured by top US quilting and sewing blog, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

I like to center the pocket on the lining, about 3″ – 3 ½” down from the top edge.

How to Add a Pocket to a Tote Bag, a sewing tutorial featured by top US quilting and sewing blog, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

Topstitch along the sides and bottom. Done! Easy peasy!

Now, head over to Kris’ blog to get her free PDF on making a neck roll, then over to Joanne’s post to read more about why we chose this fabric line, Soulful Shades of Pink from Marcus Fabrics!

Next Week

Next week, Joanne will release the PDF pattern for the quilt and all the proceeds (minus fees) will go to the American Cancer Society. And next week Kris and I will have more tutorials for you- mine will be how to make a flat bottom in your tote bag and Kris will share how to resize the neck roll for children. See you then!

happy quilting!

Kate

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