Fab­u­lous Flower Tote

It's time to turn those bright fun fab­rics into fab­ric blooms with a bit of fusible ap­pliqué.

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents -


Skill Level: Begin­ner Tote Size: 11" x 15" x 5"


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• • • • • • • 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.

From bat­ting:

• 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.

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