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Easiest Tote Bag

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Fabrics: Nana’s Pantry collection by Mama’s Cottons for Connecting Threads

 

Here’s a good first tote bag project that will instatntly become your go-to pattern! Plus, the bag is made with a doubled seam so no unfinished fabric edges show.

 

 

Materials:

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  • 4—18x21" pieces (fat quarters) assorted prints (bag, bag lining)
  • 1-1/3 yards 1"-wide webbing (straps)
  • 2—17x20" pieces paper-backed, iron-on fusible web (such as Steam-A-Seam 2 or Wonder Under) or basting spray (such as Sullivans USA Quilt Basting Spray, Therm O Web Spray-n-Bond, or Sulky Temporary Spray Adhesive)

 

 

Finished tote bag: 15"w x 14"h (not including straps)

**Sew this project with 1/4" and 1/2" seams.

 


Prepare Fabrics (iron-on fusible web):

1. Press all fabrics to remove wrinkles and fold lines.

 

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2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, center and press a paper-backed, fusible-web piece onto wrong side (unprinted side) of one bag fabric piece; let cool. Peel off paper backing.
 

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3. Layer a bag lining piece wrong side down on first fabric piece; smooth out from center to edges. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse pieces together.
 

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with remaining bag and bag lining fabric pieces to make two prepared fabric pieces.

 

Prepare Fabrics (basting spray):

1. Press all fabrics to remove wrinkles and fold lines.

2. Cover work surface with paper.

3. Place a bag fabric piece right side (printed side) down on paper-covered work surface.

 

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4. Following basting spray manufacturer’s instructions, spray lightly on fabric.
 

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5. Layer a bag lining fabric piece right side up on first fabric piece; smooth layers from center to edges.
 

6. Repeat steps 3–5 with remaining bag and bag lining fabric pieces to make two prepared fabric pieces.


 

Cut Fabrics:

From each set of prepared fabrics, cut:

  • 1—16-1/2" each square

From webbing, cut:

  • 2—24"-long pieces

 

 

Assemble Tote Bag:

 

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1. Turn under one edge of a 16-1/2"-square prepared fabric piece 1/2"; press.
 

2. Turn under same edge again 1"; press.

 

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3. Insert ends of 24"-long webbing piece under last fold of prepared fabric 4-3/4" from outer edges. Sew webbing in place.
 

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4. Fold and press webbing toward top edge. Topstitch 1/8" and 7/8" from top edge to make a bag unit.
 

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5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make second bag unit.

 

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6. Layer the bag units with lining sides together. Pin in place. Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew together bag units along sides and bottom edge.
 

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7. Trim  corners close to the seam line.
 

8. Turn to opposite side (lining side out); press.
 

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9. Using 1/2" seam allowance, sew along sides and bottom edge to complete bag.
 

10. Turn bag right side out; press.
 


 

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Fabrics: Hearty Good Wishes collection by Janet Clare for Moda Fabrics