Oxbow Tote Sew-Along

Welcome to the Oxbow Tote Sew-Along Part 1! I’m so excited to have you join along! 

Here’s the schedule I’ll be following for the sew-along:
Part 1: Friday, January 12th (today), fabric selection, cutting & fusing, preparing reinforced base and zipper
Part 2: Friday, January 19th, Assemble Front and Back, insert zipper
Part 3: Possible wrap-up if we don’t finish everything in Part 2!

This schedule should allow for plenty of catch up time if you miss a week. Don’t feel pressured to rush along! But if you’re cruising along and having fun feel free to go at your own pace, too. No rules here!

Oxbow Tote Sew-Along

In today’s video (Part 1, linked below) I show an overview and project discussion. I also talk about fabric selection, cutting & interfacing, quilting, and then prepare the reinforced base as well as prepare the zipper.

Cutting & Labels

Cutting measurements and cutting layouts are found on pages 3-6 of the Oxbow PDF. 

  • Print pages 15-20 if you are making the Regular size.
  • Print pages 21-29 if you plan on making the Overnight size.
  • Print page 14 if you plan to cut the rectangular pieces using your gridded mat/ruler.

After this week you should have all the pieces cut and the interfacing fused to all corresponding pieces. You will also have the reinforced base and zipper prepared.

Oxbow Tote Sew-Along

Watch the VIDEO for Part 1 of the sew-along!

Click the image above to watch the video. Or click this link to play the video.

Read a few notes about the project & supplies needed below:

I’m including some fabric and zipper notes below. I chat a bit about them in the video as well.

Fabric Options & Quilting

Oxbow Tote Sew-Along

In the video I discuss about using a quilting cotton or lighter weight fabric for the exterior fabrics and a how to for marking and quilting your Main Panel pieces.

First, I rough cut my fabric a few inches larger than the Main Panel pattern piece. I use two layers of 80/20 batting, and then my fabric on top. I quilt the pieces and then trim them to size using the pattern piece.

It is a bit of prep work, but it’s a beautiful result if you don’t mind the extra steps.

Waxed canvas is another great option for using on the Oxbow. If you’d like to read more about that, I’ve discussed it in-depth in this blog post.

Zippers Used

Lastly, this pattern is written for traditional fixed-length zippers. In the video and the pattern I also give tips for using zipper by the yard/continuous zipper. For this type of installation (on the Oxbow), zipper lengths are fairly interchangeable whether you’re using a fixed-length or zipper tape. So if you’re in a hurry and cut your zipper tape to the fixed-length size, you should still be okay!

Reinforced Base

Looking for supplies for your Oxbow?

Below are supplies for the Oxbow Tote that are available in my shop.

For both the Regular and Overnight size tote:

Project Details

The Oxbow in the sew-along video is sewn in the following fabrics:

Thank you so much for your support! I can’t wait to see more Oxbow Totes! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@noodlehead531) and use #OxbowTote #noodleheadpatterns

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