The totes are designed to be tied to the inside of the arm to sit along the side of the person. Note, the one above is a little large. I wrote the pattern and didn’t follow my own directions, I don’t know what happened. Can we just say I was having a senior moment?
I have written basic instructions with a few pictures below.
• Outside: 2 -13” x 8” pieces of fabric (solid piece or pieced)
• Lining: 2 – 13” x 8” pieces of fabric(muslin)
• Ties: 4 12” grosgrain ribbon, bias tape or tube ties
Supplies shown are for multiple bags:
I used a left over block for mine, as I keep a bin of extra or samples blocks:
• With right sides together sew seams along each side and across the bottom on the outside fabric
• Repeat with lining but with a 3 inch opening along the bottom edge
• Create a box bottom 1 ½ inches in from each corner by marking and sewing as shown below
• On your outside fabric, fold at the bottom corner, matching your bottom and side seams to create a corner triangle:
•Sew on your marked line
• Do this on the other side
Ann also had a good idea for making a template for this triangle mark. Perfect since we will be making many of these:
•Repeat for the lining
• Trim off triangle edge from each piece
- Pin or baste two ties in about 2 inches in from the side edge, on the backside of your tote
- With right sides together, place the outside of your tote into the lining. Your ties will disappear between your lining and outside fabric:
- Fold your bottom lining open seam to the inside and match. Sew shut close to the edge
- Stitch ½ inch seam along the top edge:
- Pull your tote to right sides out through the unsewn bottom section of your lining fabric.
- Stitch along the top edge of your tote to finish the top
Here is Ann with one of her totes.
I have a hunch that Ann will be making more this Friday. 🙂
Keeping it real, on the journey, Jackie