Thursday, September 20, 2007

Little Tote Tutorial

Bonnie did some further investigating online and found a tutorial by Dale Fleming herself for the Six Minute Circle, that she did on our old favorite show, Simply Quilts. Here is the link:,,HGTV_3302_4302936,00.html

By popular demand, here's the tutorial for the little tote. You will need fabric, fusible fleece and a nine inch zipper.
You need to make a pattern. 16 3/4" x 10" rectangle with a 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" rectangle cut out of the center of each long side. With this pattern you cut out a outside fabric, a lining fabric and

a piece of fusible fleece like this. Now it's time to construct our little tote. On the fabric to be on the outside, fuse the fleece to it's wrong side. Lay your nine inch zipper right side down on one short end of the outside fabric.
Place the lining fabric on top with it's right side facing down on the zipper. Stitch through all three layers. Bring the other end of the outside fabric up with right sides facing to the zipper and do the same with the lining fabric. Pin and then sew all three layers together again.
Now open the zipper

and sew the two long side seams.
Sew the corners of both top fabrics perpendicular to the other side seam. Do this also to only one corner of the lining fabric.
Turn right side out, pulling through the remaining opening of lining fabric. Secure the opening in the lining fabric by sewing. Tuck the lining into the bag.
Your little tote is done!!! Hand modeling compliments of Peggy. I thought you could easily put a plastic tablecloth fabric for the lining and then use it for cosmetics. You can easily make the tote bigger by just designing yourself a larger pattern and using a longer zipper. The possibilities are endless. Let me see your finished totes.

1 comment:

Corky said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial Tommy. Can't wait to give it a try.