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Easter ideas - Tote Bag

Combine neutrals with bright pops of colour and appliqué with this fabulous tote bag.

Everyone loves a tote bag. Just seven simple steps are all it takes to make a lovely, lined tote bag. Adding appliqué doubles the time taken but it’s so worth it! It’s perfect for busy days, work days, shopping days and crafty days. This project was first featured in Simply Sewing magazine.

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Materials

Linen fabric 61x83cm (24x33in)

Lining fabric, turquoise spot 43x66cm (17x26in)

Appliqué fabric, orange print 24x12cm (9.5x5in)

Fusible web 24x12cm (9.5x5in)

Wooden button, 25mm (1in) in diameter

Bunny Appliqué Template

Seam allowance

1.5cm (½in) seam allowance throughout, pressing all seams open as you go

Finished size

40x30cm (16x12in)

 
Cutting it Out
1

Cut your linen fabric into the following pieces: bag front 43x33cm; bag back 43x33cm; handles, two strips of 9x83cm.

2

Cut your lining fabric into the following pieces: lining front 43x33cm; lining back 43x33cm.

Working the Appliqué
1

Trace the bunny template, turn it over, then trace the reverse side of it onto the fusible web, paper side up.

2

Place the fusible web, paper side up, over the wrong side (WS) of your appliqué fabric and press firmly in place with an iron

3

Cut out the bunny around the drawn line.

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4

Peel off the back of the fusible web paper, then put the bunny right sides (RS) up on top of your bag front piece of linen, positioning it 4.5cm (2in) in from the right-hand and lower edge. Press firmly.

5

Using a zigzag stitch, machine sew your bunny all the way around.

6

Stitch the button to the base of the bunny to form his tail.

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Making the Bag
1

Place the bag front and back pieces RS together. Stitch down one side, along the bottom and up the other side.

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2

Repeat the above step with the bag lining, but leave an 8cm (3in) gap in the centre of the bottom edge (for turning later).

3

Take one handle piece and fold in half lengthways with wrong sides together. Stitch down the whole length, turn RS out and press. Repeat with the other handle.

4

Pin the ends of one handle to the top of the bag’s front piece. Match up the raw edges and place each end of the handle 5cm (2in) in from the side seams. Repeat with the other handle on the back of the bag.

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5

Place the bag outer inside the lining bag with RS together and match up side seams. Stitch together around the top, encasing the handle ends as you go.

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6

Turn the bag RS out through the gap in the lining. Slip stitch the gap closed.

7

Push the lining inside the bag. Topstitch around the opening to neaten.

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First published in Simply Sewing magazine.
http://www.simplysewingmag.com/