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Enjoy the Journey Tote

Project #14913
14913

It's as easy as 1-2-3. Sizzix quilting dies create shapes that can be replicated thousands of times for any unique possibility...like this creative tote bag!



Fabric Requirements:

YardageFabricCutting Instructions
(36) 6" x 6"Assorted printsCut (36) 5" Squares for the body
Sub-cut (12) 5" Squares* with the 2 1/2" Circles die
1/3 ydPostage stamp printCut (1) 5" x 14" for the bottom panel
Cut (2) 5" x 18" for the side panels
1 ydBrown printCut (2) 14" x 17 1/2" for the lining body
Cut (1) 5" x 14" for the lining bottom
Cut (2) 5" x 17 1/2" for the lining sides
5" x 20"LeatherCut (2) 2 1/2" x 20" for the handles
40" x 40"Low loft batting
1 packageLightweight fusible adhesive

Notes:

  • Finished Size: 13" x 17"
  • All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
  • * = Adhere fusible adhesive to back of fabric before die-cutting the shapes. Save the negative fabric.

Piecing the Project:

  1. Place a 2 1/2" Circle onto a solid 5" Square and heat set in place with an iron. Repeat until all Circles have been fused to Squares.
  2. Place a 5" Square with the Circle cut out of it on top of a solid 5" Square and heat set in place with an iron. Repeat until all Squares with the Circle cut outs have been fused to Squares.
  3. Sew Squares together, 3 across by 4 down, to form a pieced body panel. Repeat to form the other side of the bag body.
  4. Sew the side panels to the bottom panel along the 5" ends to make one 5" x 49" side panel/bottom unit.
  5. Layer the batting with the two body pieces and the side panel/bottom unit and quilt as desired.
  6. Stitch the front and back body pieces to side panel/bottom unit.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 6 with the lining fabric.
  8. With right sides together, stitch body to lining along top edge, leaving a 6" opening.
  9. Turn right side out and press with iron.
  10. Stitch opening in lining closed.
  11. Top stitch around edge of bag.

Finishing:

  1. Fold long edges of each leather piece into its center. Top stitch in place.
  2. Position handles on outside of the body and stitch in place.

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