EARTHY HUES TOTE BAG

Mollie Makes - - Make It! -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

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.

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