Boun­ti­ful Tote

Make the per­fect tote for car­ry­ing all your Thanks­giv­ing needs. Whether haul­ing gifts or re­fresh­ments, this tote will get the job done.

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• 5 as­sorted 5"x 8" rec­tan­gles

au­tumn-color batiks • 1/2 yard dark brown leaf print batik • 5/8 yard dark brown batik • 5/8 yard rust batik • 5/8 yard muslin • Bat­ting to size • 2/3 yard dou­ble-sided fusible

fleece • Thread • 1/2 yard fusible web • No. 8 rust pearl cot­ton • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies


From dark brown leaf print batik: • Cut 1 (81/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut 2 each 81/2" pocket squares

and 4" x 18" han­dle strips. • Cut 1 (21/2" by fab­ric width)

bind­ing strip. From rust batik: • Cut 1 (161/2" by fab­ric width) strip.

Sub­cut 2 (161/2") lin­ing squares.


1. Cut two 11/2" x 18" han­dle strips from dou­ble-sided fusible fleece; set aside. 2. Bond the re­main­ing dou­ble-sided fusible fleece be­tween the 5/8-yard dark brown batik outer body fab­ric and the 5/8-yard muslin re­fer­ring to man­u­fac­turer's in­struc­tions. 3. Ma­chine-quilt as de­sired us­ing thread to match the dark brown batik. 4. Cut two 161/2" squares from the quilted fab­ric for front and back pan­els. 5. Mark a 21/2" square in the two bot­tom cor­ners of each of the two quilted squares re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1; care­fully cut out the marked squares, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1.

Re­peat step 5 with the two lin­ing squares. 7. Trace the leaf pat­tern given onto the pa­per side of the fusible web, leav­ing 1/2" be­tween shapes. 8. Cut out shapes, leav­ing a mar­gin around each one. Fuse shapes to the wrong side of the au­tum­n­color batiks; cut out on traced lines. Re­move pa­per back­ing; set aside.


1. Layer the two 81/2" pocket squares right sides to­gether; stitch all around, leav­ing a 2" open­ing on one side as shown in Fig­ure 2. Trim cor­ners. 2. Turn right side out through the 2" open­ing; press edges flat and the open­ing seam to the in­side. 3. Cen­ter and pin the pocket square 33/4" down from the top edge of one quilted square; trace around the square us­ing a wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker. Re­move the pocket square. 4. Ar­range and fuse one leaf that will be par­tially un­der the pocket re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 3.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS Skill Level: Be­gin­ner Tote Size: 12" x 14" x 4"

5. Straight-stitch around fused leaf and add veins us­ing thread to match fab­ric re­fer­ring to the photo of the sam­ple project for sug­ges­tions.

6. Ar­range and fuse one leaf onto the pocket as shown in Fig­ure 4; stitch in place as in step 5.

7. Trans­fer the vine lines to op­po­site sides of the stitched leaf as shown in Fig­ure 5. Hand-stitch along marked lines us­ing a chain stitch and rust pearl cot­ton.

8. To place other leaves par­tially on the pocket, fuse just the stem end of the leaf to the pocket, leav­ing the re­main­der of the leaf loose to be fused to the bag later. Do not fuse right to the edge of the pocket; leave room to stitch the pocket to the bag later. Stitch leaves to the pocket where fused. Pin leaves away from the pocket edges.

9. Po­si­tion the pocket on the quilted square where marked and edgestitch in place, leav­ing the top edge open and keep­ing leaves out of the seam as shown in Fig­ure 6.

10. Flat­ten out the leaves and fuse and stitch in place to com­plete the tote front.


1. Layer the tote front with the back panel right sides to­gether; stitch down each side and across the bot­tom as shown in Fig­ure 7. Press seams flat.

2. Open the stitched unit and place the cutout cor­ners right sides to­gether, match­ing side and bot­tom seams; stitch both cor­ners as shown in Fig­ure 8 to make the square bot­tom cor­ners.

3. Re­peat steps 1 and 2 with lin­ing squares.

4. Turn the outer tote right side out. Place the lin­ing in­side the outer tote with wrong sides to­gether, match­ing side seams and top edges; pin top edge to hold.

5. Fold and press 1/4" to the wrong side of both long sides of each 4" x 18" han­dle strip.

6. Place one 11/2" x 18" fleece strip in the cen­ter of each pressed strip re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 9; press one folded edge of each strip to the cen­ter so that the fleece strips are com­pletely cov­ered, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 9.

7. Re­peat step 6 with the op­po­site folded edges as shown in Fig­ure 10. Stitch along the folded edge and 1/2" away from pre­vi­ous stitch­ing to com­plete the han­dle strips, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 10.

8. Mea­sure in 3" from the side seams on both the front and back of the pinned top edge of the tote; pin and baste han­dle ends in place as shown in Fig­ure 11.

9. Fold the 21/2"-wide bind­ing strip in half with wrong sides to­gether along length; stitch the raw edges of the pressed bind­ing strip to the bag top edge, over­lap­ping at the be­gin­ning and end, re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 12.

Fig­ure 1

Fig­ure 3

Fig­ure 2

Chain Stitch

Fig­ure 7

Fig­ure 6

Fig­ure 12

Fig­ure 9

Fig­ure 5

Fig­ure 4

Fig­ure 11

Fig­ure 8

Fig­ure 10

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