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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9380420

I'm going to try to copy from my Word program to here.

Coloring Book Tote

Materials/Cut list
Two-10.5” squares of main fabric (a fat quarter is enough to make a tote).
14” X WOF for pocket and handles cut into one strip 5” x WOF for the handles and one rectangle 10.5” x 8.5” for pocket (this will be folded in half) The rest goes in your stash!
Two-10.5” squares of muslin or any other fabric desired for lining.
1/3 yd. Fusible Lightweight Pellon interfacing cut into two-10.5” squares and one
2.5” strip X WOF


Sew 3/8” seam around three sides of lining leaving a 5” opening for turning.
I backstitch at the beginning and end of this step.
Next I make the handles.
FROM NOW ON I USE THE WALKING FOOT ON MY MACHINE...


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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:22 PM

Post #9380428

Lay 5” fabric right side down on ironing board and center 2.5” fusible on top.
Press to adhere.
Turn sides of material up over the fusible and press them.
Then fold in half and press again.
Sew the open side as close to the edge as you can (about 1/8”) down the length of the piece. Sew to match on the other side. Sew two or three more lines in the
center.
Cut in two at the center and then trim the pieces as close to 21” as you can dependent upon the WOF you used.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:27 PM

Post #9380436

Press the Pellon squares to the wrong side of the main fabrics. Fold pocket fabric in half to measure 10.5” x 4.25” and pin to one piece. Mark quilt lines. I used a Hepa tool which makes a fold line and then sewed over it. I started with a line in the center and then went each 1.25” out to the sides. This is the tool and the lines I made in the fabric.

This is the back done. . When sewing the piece with the pocket, I backstitched over each time the pocket top met the tote. This is to add reinforcement to the place where children will be putting their crayons in and out of the pocket. I did this for each line stitched on the front. (Forgot to take picture of the front)

Hope this is making sense so far.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9380442

Next we add the handles to the front and back. Each handle has a smooth edge where it was folded and a rougher edge where they were sewn together. I try to keep the smooth edge toward the outside edge of the tote. I place the handles to line up with the quilt lines. I skip the space next to the edge and pin them in the next space. Can you see where I backstitched where the pocket material meets the tote? I then stitch each end of the handle to the tote about 1/8” in from the edge. This holds the handles in place where I want them to be. By lining them up with the quilt lines I’m pretty sure that front and back will be the same.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:40 PM

Post #9380457

Next I sew the front to the back, right sides together about a 3/8” seam and I push the handles down inside. The bag is inside out…Now, turn the lining so that it is right side out. Insert it inside the tote matching the seams.
The tote and lining should be right sides together. Pin in place. I open the tote seams to reduce a bit of the bulk there. The crossed pins you see indicate the back of the tote. I always start and end my stitching in the back and this is how I can tell which is the back when it can’t be seen. Sew around with a 3/8” seam and continue sewing over the first inch where you started. This makes a sturdy joining. This makes the second time the handles have been sewn in place.
Pull out the lining and trim the corners of both the tote and the lining.
Reach inside through the opening in the lining and pull the bag, handles and lining so they are right sides out. Reaching in through the same opening, I use a knitting needle to push out the corners of the tote and smooth out the seams. Then I fold in the edges of the opening in lining and stitch it closed.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:42 PM

Post #9380458

Push it down inside the tote. Pin around the top so the lining is not shown and top stitch around the top of the bag about 1/8” from the edge stitching over the first inch as before. Press if desired.
When you top stitch around the top it makes three times that the handles have been sewn in so I don’t think they have any problem pulling out from rough usage….
Put coloring book inside tote and crayons in slots of front pocket. Extra crayons go inside.
Hope you understand this and if you have any problems please let me know.
Barb, Quilter5bdsr.


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Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:51 PM

Post #9380467

On next to last posting I forgot to add picture of the lining stitched closed.

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gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
5:31 PM

Post #9380500

So glad you were able to post. Seeing it made a big difference. I will say, Im going use practice fabric fist, but I think I can do it.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
5:41 PM

Post #9380511

You can do it Pam...
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
5:50 PM

Post #9380518

Im gunna run out in the morning and get some of the fusible interfacing. I need to pick a few things for my applique lessons as well.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2013
6:26 PM

Post #9380544

Thanks Barb! You're just too talented!!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
6:34 PM

Post #9380552

Barb, there are no words to describe how much I LOVE that fabric. I was so busy reading the directions I just noticed it. I would actually pay full price for that, and thats saying alot ;-)

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
7:39 PM

Post #9380595

Thanks so much for taking your time to do this Barb! Sounds pretty easy, I will go through my stash, and see what I can come up with!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9380601

VERY cool! thanks Barb.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2013
3:26 AM

Post #9380718

I hope this works and that you will let me see your results!!!! It was fun to do.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

January 10, 2013
3:25 PM

Post #9381271

Thank you kindly Barb, going to try and make a few, if not this weekend, next for sure!

heavenscape

heavenscape
TabacVille, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 10, 2013
4:08 PM

Post #9381363

Barb!! Sorry to shout!! But you gave me the perfect excuse to shop at Joann's this weekend!!! I have everything but that Hepa tool!

Thanks Barb.. you described the process very well.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2013
8:46 PM

Post #9381655

Thanks Barb!!! :-) I see a tawny scrawny lion !! or is it scrawny tawny??? and a pokey puppy LOL I think I can I think I can I think I can...

love that fabric Might just make one of these tomorrow!!!

You are AWESOME Barb. ♥♥♥
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 11, 2013
4:37 AM

Post #9381738

Its whats on the inside of Little Golden Books, isnt it great. Great memories

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 11, 2013
5:01 AM

Post #9381750

Sure hope you all show me some pictures!!! And please, let me know if you donate any!!! That would truly make this worthwhile to me...

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2013
7:05 AM

Post #9381877

I thought it looked familiar! Mom always bought us the Little Golden Books!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2013
8:48 PM

Post #9384134

Hey Barb, I got my first one done, and I really liked making this bag! I have enough fabric to make a lot more!
Thanks for the tutorial!

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barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2013
8:50 PM

Post #9384137

ohhh ahhhh that is wonderful LK :-)

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 14, 2013
3:26 AM

Post #9384214

Fantastic LindaKay!!!!! That came out so cute. I was amazed at how really easy these are to make. Great job and I'm pleased to know the directions seemed to work okay. Did you have any problems with them???

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2013
4:44 AM

Post #9384254

No problem at all! Super easy to follow!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 14, 2013
4:58 AM

Post #9384263

Thanks for trying one. Since it worked easily for you, maybe a few others will try too and we will have a bunch of happy kids!!!!!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2013
5:03 AM

Post #9384268

I hope they do, they can be used for donations, for your own kids or Grandkids...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

January 14, 2013
6:53 AM

Post #9384450

Just finishing off a few other projects and will do a few..always young nieces who like coloring..great as stocking stuffers and also to put into the Christmas present box for Salvation Army!

LindaKay, your piece is so cheerful!!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9384459

Kathy had a Missouri quilt tutorial posted on her pintrest site that used charm squares to make a bag. I watched that to give me a little more of a push. I like how you do the handles much better.

I agree, LindaKay your bag is great.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2013
7:05 AM

Post #9384464

Thanks everyone, these are so easy to do!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 27, 2013
11:42 AM

Post #9399179

OK, so I finally went to joanns and ended up with some really cute twill on sale for the lining. Now I can get started. I was wondering if you wash any of the fabric first?

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

January 27, 2013
2:18 PM

Post #9399294

Next trip stateside going to pick up fabric to try a few...looks as though you are having fun doing them.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2013
3:54 PM

Post #9399385

As a rule I don't wash first because I use fat quarters and I find them a pain to do. So far there haven't been any complaints. I think if I were using a bright red or a dark blue I might wash first though. It's up to you.

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