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Coloring Book Tote
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...
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
Cut in two at the center and then trim the pieces as close to 21 as you can dependent upon the WOF you used.
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)
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 Im pretty sure that front and back will be the same.
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 cant 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.
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 dont 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.
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???
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.