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How to Sew Fat Quarter Tote Bags

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

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How to make

Fabric Requirements 


For a Miniature tote: 1 Fat Quarter for outer 1 Fat Quarter for lining and handle 1 Fat Quarter fusible fleece/batting.

For a Large tote: 2 Fat Quarters for outer 2 Fat Quarters for lining 1 Fat Quarter for handles 1 Fusible fleece/batting – 16″ x 40″

Fabric Requirements


Miniature Tote Cut 2-8″ x 10″ for bag outer, lining and fusible fleece Cut 2-3″ x 9″ for bag handles.

For a Large tote: Cut 2-16″ x 20″ for bag outer, lining and fusible fleece Cut 2-5″ x 12″ for bag handles


Begin by fusing your fleece to both outer pieces of your bag.


To make the handles, fold your fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and iron a crease in place, next open the fabric back out and fold the raw edges in to meet the centre crease line and iron in place, then refold on the centre crease line to enclose both raw edges inside. Top stitch on both edges to finish. Repeat with your second handle.


For the miniature tote bag measure in 4” from each side and baste your handles into place. For the large tote bag, measure in 8.5” from each side and baste your handles into place.


Lay both outer bag panels on top of each other right sides together and stitch around using 3/8” seam allowances leaving the top portion of the bag open.


Measure a square in each bottom corner 1” from the sew lines and cut the squares out.


Bring the edges together so both seam match in the centre and sew with 3/8” seam allowances. Repeat with the lining fabric but leaving a 3” gap at the bottom so you can turn the bag through later on.


Place the bag outer inside the bag lining so right sides are together and pin around the top taking care to match the seams. Sew with 3/8” seam allowances all the way around.


To finish top-stitch around the edge of your bag and hand stitch the lining closed using a ladder stitch.


Your bag is now complete!

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