Winged Tote TUTORIAL

Today I’m thrilled to be joining the Winged Blog Tour! Winged is the beautiful line from Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost. Bonnie’s work is gorgeous and she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! (And a fellow North Carolinian!) You can see the full tour schedule here. Make sure to check out the fabulously fussy cut potholders on Mish Mash from Friday. They’d be a great holiday present.

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Today I’ll be showing you a simple tote with a fold over top. Let’s get started!

1. Supplies: You’ll need two 1/2 yards of fabric. (I recommend Winged;) You’ll also need a half yard of interfacing. I used non-fusible fleece. Soft & Stable, fusible fleece or even two layers of batting would work well too.

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You’ll also need a set of prepunched handles.

2. Cutting: Cut two pieces from your lining that are 15 x 17″. If your fabric has a graphic pattern, you might want to fussy cut it so the design is straight.

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Cut two 15 x 15″ pieces from your outer fabric.

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Cut two 15 x 15″ pieces of interfacing. If you chose a fusible, fuse it.

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Cut two 10 x 8″ pieces for the pocket.

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3. Quilting: Place one outer piece on interfacing and quilt. I did straight line quilting with my walking foot. Quilt both outer panels.

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4. Pocket: Place the two pocket pieces right sides together. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam around the edge leaving a 4″ opening.

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Turn it right side out and press. Take one piece of lining and fold it in half vertically. Finger press. Fold the pocket in half vertically and finger press. Place the pocket on the lining using the fold marks to find center. Position it 4″ from the top. Make sure the opening is at the bottom.

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Topstitch the pocket to the lining closing the opening as you attach. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

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5. Form the Outside: Put the outer pieces right sides together. Sew the sides from top to bottom with a 1/2″ seam. You’re sewing in the same direction so that there is no pull in the fabric. See across the bottom as well.

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6. Form the Lining: Repeat Step 5 with the lining pieces. Take care that the pocket is right side up.

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7. Square the Corners: Fold the corner so that the seam from the side goes one way and the seam from the bottom goes the other. Place a pin in the seam to align the seams.

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Place a pin in sideways and remove the perpendicular pin. Measure down 1 1/2″ from the seam intersection and mark a line.

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Sew along the marked line.

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Repeat for all four corners: two on lining and two on the outer piece.

8. Attaching the Handles: Place the handles 4″ in from the side and 3″ down from the top. Here’s a tip on attaching the handles.

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9. Fold over the Lining: Fold the lining down 1″. Press.

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Fold over again. Press.

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10. Finishing: Put the lining inside the outside right sides together. I wanted to make the lining interchangeable so I just placed it in and did a few stitches along the seam to keep it in place. Alternatively, you could topstitch in place. You’re done!

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Join Jennifer tomorrow on the Hopeful Homemaker for the next stop on the Winged tour!
xo LC

Stash Bash

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to The Stash Bash! I’ve spent the whole week recovering and trying to catch up on sleep!

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It was hosted by Chris aka Frecklemama. She is as much fun in person as she is online!! Love her! This awesome gift was made by Jill. And we all signed it!

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I went with three of my super awesome sewing friends (they’re part of this group!) and we had the best time!! There were also some pretty amazing sponsors which led to pretty amazing swag bags and prizes throughout the weekend! Nicole, Tessa, me & Melissa!

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As with all retreats, it’s really about the people!! So much talent! So much laughter!! So many new friends!!! I am already looking forward to seeing them next year!

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I’ve been on sewing retreats before, but this was a totally different (completely awesome!) experience. First off, it’s at a camp! Anyone that’s ever heard me talk about camp knows I LOVE CAMP! Seriously, I once broke my leg on the first day of camp and stayed five more weeks (in a cast). I LOVE CAMP! This was a more cushy version with really nice bunks! This is me on my bunk!

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And Tessa on her bunk!! So much quilty goodness in the bunk house!

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Melissa braved the top bunk!

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We sewed in the main lodge which had a GORGEOUS VIEW of the lake! So much natural light!! I want to sew in this room forever!

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Our path through the woods!

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We had a fat quarter swap!! These ladies are all so much fun! Jenny, Marcia & Laurel! And I got some really cute fabrics!!

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There was a Designer Star Patchwork Threads sighting on Katie!!

IMG_3464I worked on a lot of things while I was there. I made this little pouch to hold all my bloc loc rulers. I used blind machine appliqué and a little hand embroidery!!

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I also made a Designer Star with Bonnie Christine Reminisce. This line has great colors!

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Nicole worked on MY medallion!! I love it!!!

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Beth from Stash Fabrics brought part of her store to the retreat! A great pop up shop!! She is the sweetest person too! Love her!

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And she has an awesome new website, so make sure that you check it out. Seriously, she’s got the best taste. She’s transitioning from Etsy to her own site, so if you don’t see something you want, let her know. I bought Dreamin’ Vintage from her. I cannot wait to sew with this!!

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My Secret Sewing Agent (aka magical fairy that left presents at your sewing station) was awesome!! It was Lisa aka Modern Balabusta. She’s the best and spoiled me with Denyse and more!! She was also one of my favorite people on the retreat!

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And she made me this ADORABLE selvage needle case and more yummy fabric and snacks! That’s a text bundle!!

IMG_3441I had my dear friend Tessa, so I spoiled her with lots of fun things!! And I managed to keep it a secret for the whole weekend which was amazing.

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Tessa used my All Sewn Up pattern to make this for her secret agent. It’s so awesome and I wanted to steal it!!

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Everything Tessa makes is just perfect!! LOVE!! The handmade tab…genius!

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I got a surprise from a sweet friend! It’s going in my sewing studio!!
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All of the swag was awesome, but this was a real highlight. Aurifil in the same color in every weight! I cannot wait to make a sampler with this!! I think it will be cool to stitch out all the weights side by side.
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I also won this super awesome phone case/wallet! Love!!

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It is easy to get caught up in all the “things” that we got! From pretty handmades to the awesome shirts from Sonya, but this weekend was so much about the people! I loved meeting each and every one of them. I left feeling so inspired by so many amazing women!! I will be there next year and hope everyone will be back!! I wish every weekend was a sewing retreat!
xo LC