Make the perfect tote for carrying all your Thanksgiving needs. Whether hauling gifts or refreshments, this tote will get the job done.
• 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.
PREPARING THE PIECES
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.
COMPLETING THE APPLIQUÉ
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.
COMPLETING THE TOTE
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.