Welcome back to Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas, the Friday edition! Today, I’m going to show you how to make my two hour tote. If you have the supplies on hand, you can make this in about two hours! I once taught two fun students and with all the snack breaks and decision making, it became the two DAY tote! But that’s another story for another day! Gail & Peggy do look pretty cute with their totes:)
Let’s get started!
1. Fabric & Supplies: You need 1/2 yard for the main fabric, 1/2 yard for lining, 1/2 yard for straps, 1/4 for pocket & lining and 1 yard of fusible fleece.
2. Cutting: Cut three 6″ x wof (width of fabric) for the straps.
Cut the main fabric & the lining both to 18 x 40″.
Cut the pocket & pocket lining to 8 x 10″.
Cut three strips of fusible fleece to 1 3/8″ x wof. Cut a 18 x 40″ piece for the main fabric and an 8 x 10″ piece for the pocket.
3. Making the Strap: Trim off the selvage ends of the three strap strips.
Sew them together end to end with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
You will make a giant loop measuring approximately 126″.
Press the seams open.
Press the entire loop in half lengthwise.
Open it up and press the raw edge to the center.
Repeat with the other raw edge.
Fold it back in half. You should have this!
4. Fusing: Fuse the 8 x 10″ piece of fusible fleece to the pocket.
Lay the fusible strips in the open strap.
Overlap the ends slightly to connect the strips. You’ll trim off a bit of excess when you complete the loop.
Once you’ve attached the fusible fleece all the way around, go back and press the whole loop.
Sew the top and bottom (the 8″ sides) with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
It should look like this.
Turn it right sides out.
Press. TIP: If you press the seams open before you turn it right sides out, it will help the lining lay towards the back and not peek out.
Topstitch one 8″ side. This will be the top.
6. Attaching the Straps & Pocket Topstich all the way around the loop on both edges. Sew the open edge first. I used Sulky 30 wt with a slightly longer seam. I recommend using a walking foot for the rest of this project if you have it.
Pin in place.
Place the lining inside the tote.
Press the tote neatly around the top edge. Make sure the lining does not peak out.
Press the opening.
Topstitch around the top edge. Start behind a strap to hide your start/stop.