EARTHY HUES TOTE BAG
50cm (19¾") needlecord fabric in mustard (Fabric 1) (ours was from www.textileexpress.co.uk)
50cm (19¾") Moda Bella Solids in New Chrome (Fabric 2) (ours was from www.fabrichq.co.uk) 50cm (19¾") fusible interfacing Pattern paper 2m (78¾") cotton strap webbing in mustard, 3cm (1¼") wide Matching sewing thread
01 Cut a 34 x 30cm (133/ 8 x 117/ 8") template from the pattern paper. On the bottom edge, mark 6cm (23/ 8") in from each corner, and on the corresponding side edges mark 5cm (2") in. Join the marks and cut off the triangles.
02 Use the template to cut two Fabric 1 pieces, two Fabric 2 pieces and two interfacing pieces. Needlecord has a ‘nap’ and looks slightly different from each direction, so be sure to cut out all the pieces pointing in the same direction. Cut two 1m (393/ 8") lengths of strap. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side ( WS) of Fabric 1.
03 Place one Fabric 1 piece and one Fabric 2 piece with right sides (RS) together, pin along the top edge and sew with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance. Press the seam open. Repeat with the other two pieces.
04 Position each end of one strap on the bottom edge of the RS of one Fabric 1 piece, adjacent to the corner cuts, as shown. Pin in place to the top of Fabric 1. Sew along the outer edges of the strap, stopping 1.5cm ( 5 /8") before the top. Repeat with the other strap and bag pieces.
05 Lay both pieces RS together, aligning the outer edges. Pin and sew all around with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance, leaving a 15cm (6") gap in the bottom edge of the lining.
06 Turn the bag through the gap in the lining, then sew the gap closed. Push the lining into the bag, then press and top stitch around the bag opening 0.5cm ( ") in from the edge.