Fabulous Flower Tote
It's time to turn those bright fun fabrics into fabric blooms with a bit of fusible appliqué.
Skill Level: Beginner Tote Size: 11" x 15" x 5"
• • • • • • • Scrap bright pink batik Scraps of coordinating blue and purple batiks 3/8 yard dark blue batik 5/8 yard muslin 11/4 yards light blue tonal Crib-size batting Thread 1/2 yard 18"-wide fusible web Basic sewing tools and supplies
Prepare flower petals and circles for appliqué using patterns given and referring to Raw-Edge Fusible Appliqué on page 74.
From dark blue batik:
• Cut 2 (41/2" by fabric width) strips. Trim to make 2 (41/2" x 24") B strips.
From light blue tonal:
• Cut 1 (20" by fabric width) A strip. • Cut 1 (18" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 2 (16" x 18") lining rectangles.
• Cut 1 (20" by batting width) strip. • Cut 2 (21/4" x 24") handle strips. Designed & Quilted by Carolyn S. Vagts
Completing the Tote
1. Sandwich the large batting strip between the A strip and the muslin yardage; pin or baste to hold.
2. Quilt as desired or as shown in Figure 1. Trim edges even with A. 3. Cut two 16"-wide x 18"-tall A rectangles from the quilted A strip.
4. Cut a 21/2" square from each bottom corner of each A rectangle and lining rectangle referring to Figure 2 for positioning. 5. Join the two A rectangles on the 18" edges to make one long A unit as shown in Figure 3; press seam open. 6. Arrange and fuse the prepared petal and circle pieces on the right side of A, placing so petals overlap each other and the center seam as shown in Figure 4.
8. With right sides together, stitch the remaining side seam and across the bottom of the appliquéd A unit to make the tote body as shown in Figure 5; press seams open. 9. Open the tote body and align the side seams with the bottom seam at the trimmed bottom corners; stitch to create the bottom of the outer tote as shown in Figure 6. 10. Repeat step 8 with the lining rectangles, leaving a 4" opening on the bottom edge as shown in Figure 7. Repeat step 9 to stitch the bottom corners to complete the tote lining. 11. Fold each of the B strips in half along length with right sides together to make 21/4" x 24" strips. Lay a 21/4" x 24" batting strip on top of each folded B strip and stitch along the long open edge referring to Figure 8. 12. Turn each strip right side out with batting inside; press with seam flat at the edge. Referring to Figure 9, topstitch 1/4" from each long edge to complete the bag handles. 13. Measure and mark 2" from each side seam along the right side of the top edge of both the front and back of the tote body as shown in Figure 10. 14. Pin and machine-baste a handle strip on the tote front with outer edges at the marked lines and the bulk of handle toward the center of the tote as shown in Figure 11. Note: Be careful not to twist the handle when pinning. Repeat with second handle strip on the tote back. 15. With tote right side out and handles down, and lining wrong side out, slip the tote inside the lining with right sides together, matching side seams. Pin and then stitch the top edges together as shown in Figure 12. 16. Turn the tote right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.
17. Turn bottom opening edges to the inside and hand- or machinestitch the opening closed.
18. Tuck the lining inside the tote, using your hand to smooth the inside.
19. Press the top edge flat along the seam, keeping the lining to the inside. Topstitch 1/4" around the top edge as shown in Figure 13 to finish.