Handy Crafty Tote + Bonus Card Project,
Make this spacious tote in time for your next quilting class. The roomy inside pockets are perfect for rulers, markers or any supplies needed.
• 1/4 yard black solid • 3/ 8 yard coordinating fabric for outer pocket* • 2/ 3 yard muslin • 3/4 yard ruler print* • 11/4 yards coordinating lining fabric* • Crib-size batting* • Thread • 1 yard woven fusible interfacing* • 3 yards black woven strapping • Key latch hardware (optional) • Basic sewing tools and supplies
*Eclectic Elements fabric collection by Tim Holtz for Coats; Quilters Dream batting; woven fusible interfacing No. 300 from Bosal used to make sample.
From black solid:
• Cut 1 (21/2" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 4 (21/2" x 81/2")
pocket trim strips. • Cut 1 (21/2" by fabric width) binding strip.
From coordinating pocket fabric:
• Cut 1 (81/2" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 4 (81/2") outer
• Cut 1 (20" by fabric width) strip.
Subcut strip into 2 (20") backing squares.
From ruler print: • Cut 1 (20" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 2 (20") outer tote squares. • Cut 1 (3" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 1 (3" x 5") rectangle for optional key fob loop.
From coordinating lining fabric: • Cut 2 (181/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 2 (181/2" x 171/2") tote lining rectangles and 2 (181/2" x 141/2") inside pocket rectangles.
From batting: • Cut 2 (20") squares for outer tote.
From woven fusible interfacing: • Cut 2 (71/4" x 181/2") rectangles. • Cut 2 (81/2" x 10") rectangles.
PREPARING THE OUTER TOTE
1. Pin-baste a batting square between a muslin backing square and an outer tote square. Quilt as desired. 2. Trim the quilted square to 181/2" x 171/2" for quilted outer tote piece. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to complete a second quilted outer tote piece.
COMPLETING THE TOTE
1. Using a pencil, mark a 3" square at each bottom corner of each quilted outer tote piece referring to Figure 1 for positioning. Cut out corners.
2. Repeat step 1 with the two tote lining rectangles.
3. Fuse a 71/4" x 181/2" fusible interfacing piece to the wrong side of each 181/2" x 141/2" inside pocket rectangle, aligning the interfacing along the 181/2" edge as shown in Figure 2.
4. Referring to Figure 3, fold a fused rectangle in half with the interfacing on the outside and stitch along the long raw edges; turn right side out and press flat to complete an inner pocket. Repeat with the second fused rectangle to make a second inner pocket.
5. Pin an inner pocket right side up on the right side of an 18½" x 17½" lining rectangle 1" above the cutout corners as shown in Figure 4; stitch along the bottom edge using a ¼" seam allowance, again referring to Figure 4. Repeat with the second inner pocket and second lining rectangle.
6. Divide the inner pockets into sections as desired and mark with a straightedge and water-erasable marker referring to Figure 5.
7. Starting at the stitched bottom edge, sew along the marked lines, securing stitching at the beginning and end.
8. Place the inner pocket/lining pieces right sides together and stitch the side and bottom seams as shown in Figure 6. Press seams to one side.
9. Fold the lining unit so that the side seam aligns with the bottom seam on each side. Stitch across the matched raw edges to make square bottom corners as shown in Figure 7.
10. Join two outer pocket squares with two pocket trim strips as shown in Figure 8 to make an outer pocket unit; press seams toward strips. Repeat with remaining outer pocket squares and pocket trim strips.
11. Iron an 8½" x 10½" fusible interfacing rectangle to the wrong side of each of the outer pocket units from step 9, extending 1" of the interfacing into the pocket trim strip on each end and covering all of one outer pocket square as shown in Figure 9.
12. With right sides together, align the pocket trim end with opposite end, and stitch to make a tube as shown in Figure 10.
13. Turn the tube right side out and press flat along the fusible lines on the pocket trim strips to complete one lined outer pocket as shown in Figure 11.
14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to make a second lined outer pocket.
15. Center and pin a lined outer pocket on a quilted outer tote piece rectangle 1" above bottom cutouts as shown in Figure 12; stitch in place along the bottom edge. Baste side edges in place.
16. Cut two 54" lengths of strapping.
17. Starting at the bottom edge of outer tote piece from step 15, pin one length of strapping up from bottom edge and over one side of the pocket. Repeat with the other end of the strapping on the other side of the pocket, leaving excess above the pocket for a carrying handle referring to Figure 13. Stitch strapping in place on both edges from top of pocket to bottom edge of outer tote piece.
18. Stitch a boxed X through the strapping and pocket at the top edge of the pocket to complete one side of the tote shell as shown in Figure 14.
19. Repeat steps 15–18 to complete the second side of the tote shell.
20. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with the two tote shell pieces to complete the outer tote shell.
21. If adding the optional key fob, fold the fob loop rectangle in half along length with right side out and press. Unfold and fold into quarters and press again. Topstitch along both 5" edges referring to Figure 15.
22. Slip the fob strip through the key latch hardware and fold the strip in half to make a loop; baste raw ends together as shown in Figure 16.
23. Pin the loop to the top edge of the outer shell 21/2" from one side seam as shown in Figure 17.
24. With outer shell right side out and lining shell wrong side out, insert the lining into the outer shell and pin in place along the top edge, aligning at side seams.
25. Bind the top edge referring to Quilting Basics on page 126 to finish.
Handy Crafty Tote Placement Diagram 12" x 14" x 6", excluding handles