The Panel Tote How To | Pins + Needles Kits *This video is sponsored by Pins + Needles
Kits.* Hi everyone, I’m Whitney and every Wednesday
I post a new sewing tutorial to help sewers of all skill levels learn new sewing projects
and techniques. This week I’ve partnered up with Pins + Needles Kits to bring you a tutorial
for the panel tote. This is a really fun tote bag and I got the pattern and everything needed
to make the bag in the September box. You can find the pattern on the Pins + Needles
website and I’ll have the link below for it. But even if you don’t have the pattern make
sure to keep watching because I’ll be showing lots of great techniques in this tutorial
that can be applied to lots of different projects. And at the end of the video I will announce
the winner of the last Pins and Needles giveaway. So let’s start by seeing all the supplies
that are needed to make the Panel tote. They include about 2 yards of fabric in total,
bosal foam for the strap and the bag body, thread, tweezers are helpful for turning out
corners, cording to make piping, and of course the pattern itself. I got all of my supplies
sent right to my front door in the Pins and Needles Kit so I didn’t have to worry about
finding each individual item on my own. Now let’s get started on making the tote!
I used the pattern details to cut all of my pieces. I strayed a little from the pattern
on what pieces I cut from which fabrics to suit the look I wanted, but there was enough
extra fabric in the kit that it worked out perfectly.
First is the piping. Cut the cord in half and lay it on the strip cut for the piping
and fold the fabric around the cord so the pretty sides are on the outside. Do this for
both pieces. Switch your sewing machine foot to a zipper foot and carefully sew right along
the edge of the cord so that it is encased in the fabric. Trim the piping so you have
4 pieces measuring 14 inches long. Place one piece of piping on each long edge of your
two center pieces. Clip into place then sew to attach still using your zipper foot and
sewing on the same seam line as before. With right sides together place the side pieces
on top of the center lining up the edges. Clip the layers in place and sew one last
time with the zipper foot. You should now have your bag front and back with a center
panel, piping on each side, then an outer fabric on each side.
Use pins or quilt basting spray to baste the bag outer pieces onto the bosal foam. If you
have a walking foot put it on your sewing machine and sew quilting lines from top to
bottom about one inch apart. Trim up the edges to make sure they are square
then mark 2.5 inches in from each bottom edge. Use a long ruler to go from that mark to the
top corner and trim with a rotary cutter. You should now have two bag pieces that are
trapezoid shape. Use the template in the pattern to cut out
a semi-circle from the top center of the bag front and back. Then use one of the bag outer
pieces to cut both lining pieces to the same shape.
Place the two outer pieces right sides together and sew along the sides and bottom with a
¼ inch seam allowance. Using a ruler mark a one inch square on each of the bottom corners
and cut out the square. Open up the corner so the seams match up. Make sure the seam
allowances are going in opposite directions and clip. Sew across with a ¼ inch seam allowance
to box the corners. Now onto the pockets. Lay the pocket pieces
right sides together in sets of two. Sew around the outer edges with a ¼ inch seam allowance
leaving a couple of inches open in the middle of one long side. Trim off the corners and
turn right sides out through the opening. Poke out the corners and press with an iron.
Center the pocket on your lining piece about 3 inches up from the bottom and sew the sides
and bottom to attach. Make sure that opening you left is on the bottom side. If you want
the pocket to have any sections go ahead and sew those now as well. I sewed all of the
seams twice on my pockets to make sure it’s extra strong.
Sew the lining together the same way as the outer including the boxed corners. The only
difference is make sure to leave an opening in the bottom of the lining about 5 or 6 inches
wide. Turn one of the bag pieces right sides out
and place one inside the other so the right sides are together and the top edges line
up. Clip along the top edge then sew all around the top. Trim the corners and snip the curves
then turn the bag right sides out through the opening in the bottom of the lining. This
would have probably been easier if I had turned the outer right sides out earlier and the
put the lining on the outside before sewing. But it worked out ok, just took a little more
persuading to get it turned out. Poke out the corners of the bag then close
up the opening in the lining with a top stitch. Then tuck the lining back into the bag. Make
sure it’s nice and situated then top stitch around the entire top. Your bag should look
complete other than needing handles. So now onto the handles. Cut one of your strap
pieces in half and sew one half to each of your remaining two strap pieces. Press the
seams open. You should now have two really long strips. Lay them both right sides together
and sew along one long side with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Open the strip up and press
the seam open. The press each long edge inward a half inch.
Cut the strip in half so you have 2 strap pieces. Tuck your bosal strap material under
the seam allowances. Make sure you have a ½ inch space at each end without the stabilizer.
Fold up the short end then fold over the other half of the strap to fully enclose the raw
edges and stabilizer. Add some clips to hold everything in place then sew along all the
edges of the strap piece. Repeat for the second strap.
Mark three inches up from each end of the handles. Fold the handles in half between
the markings and sew along the same stitching line as before stopping at the marks three
inches from each end. You should have two handles that look like this. Now all that’s
left is to sew them on your bag. Measure two inches down from the top edge and position
the straps into place. Sew a square to attach each handle end to the bag and you are done! This bag is really cute and the look is so
different than any that I’ve made before. I hope you check out the pattern and give
this project a try. Don’t forget that there is a coupon code in the description box if
you want to give the Pins + Needles Box a try and get a kit like this sent to your door.
Now it’s time to announce the winner of the giveaway from my last Pins + Needles video.
I used a random comment picker to select the winner and it is…… Congrats to the winner,
you have 48 hours to message me your mailing address either here on youTube or on my facebook
page. Let me know in the
comments below what your favorite type of bag is to carry, mine is definitely tote bags
and crossbody bags. Over here to the side I will have a playlist with all the other
tote bag tutorials I’ve done on this channel. They range from very basic unlined bags to
fully lined and quilted ones. Then come back next Wednesday for another new video. Happy

38 thoughts on “The Panel Tote How to | Pins + Needles Kits | Whitney Sews”

  1. What are the dimensions of the bag…trying to figure out if it's the size Mom would like…not much use to buy a pattern if it not the right size. Thanks

  2. Very cute! I had to laugh when you said the lining needed “persuading”. I call it manhandling. LOL Your kinder, gentler explanation works too!

  3. I made my bag on Sunday, it was fun to make however the extra little bags I made out of the scraps are my favorite. Not a fan of my bag

  4. I love these boxes! I made a Pirates of the Caribbean themed tote with mine, lol. Great tut! =) Also a super cute version of the tote. I like the changes you made!

  5. So cool that you didn't make the exact same bag and changed it how you like it. I would have been too lazy for that. The math 😩😩😩

  6. Omg that's awesome, love the fabrics especially! So sorry Whitney, this is the first time I saw your msg about ordering from Amazon etc.. I would have been doing that. Anything I don't want to carry up a lot of steps to my porch, comes from Amazon! I will try to do from now on to support your channel!

  7. Love it! Also, I see you have a video running on your phone while sewing. I do this too. Lol usually Netflix! Or YouTube!

  8. Just awesome
    Can u please tell d measurements taken?
    Floweral part is 14 inch × ??
    And d belt and pocket measurements
    All ur vedio's are great
    Thanks for sharing mam.

  9. Great tutorial Whitney, so clear and Concise love your videos. Enjoyed making this panelled Tote as a gift
    for my cousin. Would you look towards a future tutorial demonstrating zipper panel and lined pockets suitable for bags. Many thanks.

  10. I want this kit; I hope I can do it justice. Thanks for your clear instructions, you give me lots of encouragement to try new things. 👍

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