The tote pictured was an extra for a mini quilt swap – and by all accounts it was very well received!
- Co-ordinating quilting fabric scraps (6 different patterns, 2″ by 17″)
- 3/4 yard neutral fabric
- 3/4 medium/thick iron-on interfacing
- 3/4 yard lining fabric
- 48″ of 1″ wide cotton webbing
- Co-ordinating thread
- 6x strips of feature quilting fabric – 2″ by 17″
- 4x neutral fabric for exterior – 6″ by 16″
- 2x neutral fabric for interior facing – 3 1/2″ by 16″
- 2x medium thick iron-on interfacing – 16″ by 16 1/2″
- 2x lining fabric 16″ x 14″
- 2x pocket pieces 10″ x 8″
- 2x cotton webbing – 1″ by 24″
- Cut the 6 cotton strips so they are 10″ x 2″ and 7″ x 2″ and arrange your layout for the front and back featured panels.
- Sew the short ends of the quilting strips together.
- Press the seams open.
- Arrange the 3 rows, staggering the joins in the fabric.
- Sew one row at a time by placing the right sides together with a 1/4″ seam.
- Press the seams open. Repeat for the other feature panel.
- Place the neural exterior fabric right sides together with the feature panel and sew with a 1/4″ seam. Repeat with the neutral fabric at the other end of the feature panel.
- Press seams open.
- Attach the iron on interfacing to the back of the completed exterior panel.
- Ensure the iron on interfacing is securely affixed to the external panel.
- Quilt the feature panel by stitching in the ditch or by your preferred quilting method.
- Place the lining and interior facing strip together and sew with a 1/2″ seam.
- Press the seam towards the lining and top stitch the lining 1/8″ from the edge. Repeat for other lining piece.
- Place the 2 pocket pieces right sides together. Sew around the pocket pieces with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 4″ hole in the bottom of the pocket. Clip the corners. Turn out and press. Top stitch along what will be the top of the pocket, 1/8″ from the edge.
- Positing the pocket on the lining piece and sew around the 3 edges, closing the whole as you sew. Sew a line through the pocket, making 2 pockets (you might want to measure your phone/wallet to decide on size).
- Cut 1 1/2″ square out of the bottom of each side of the lining.
- Place lining pieces together, sew down the two side seams. Sew along the bottom leaving a 5″ hole.
- Box the corners of the lining by matching the side and bottom seam, and sewing with a 1/2″ seam. Repeat for other corner.
- Press the side seams open.
- Cut 1 1/2″ square from the bottom corner of each exterior piece.
- Place the 2 exterior pieces right sides together. Sew the side seams and bottom seam.
- Press the side seam open.
- Box the corners by matching the side and bottom seams. Sew with a 1/2″ seam.
- Turn the exterior right side out.
- Press exterior. Take care to carefully press the side seams and corners.
- Place the exterior bag inside the lining, so rights sides are together.
- Match the top edges, and pin or clip around the circumference.
- Sew around the top of the bag with a 1/2″ seam.
- Carefully pull the exterior of the bag out through the hole in the lining.
- Press the bag flat before pushing the lining into the bag.
- Push lining into bag and press the bag, ensuring the top has a sharp edge.
- Top stitch around the bag 1/8″ from the edge.
- To make the handles, turn the edge of the webbing over by 1/2″ and sew 1/8″ from the edge. Repeat for the other 3 ends.
- Trim the corners of the webbing.
- Position the handles on the bag, 3″ in from the side seam, 1 1/2″ down from the top edge.
- Sew the handles to the bag, sew a square, then a 2 diagonal lines.
- Pressed for the final time and you are finished!!
Enjoy your gorgeous bag!
I would love to hear how you get on with this project! Please let your comments below.