Coloring Book Tutorial

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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.

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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.

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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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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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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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

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Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

You can do it Pam.....

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Thanks Barb! You're just too talented!!

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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 ;-)

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

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!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

VERY cool! thanks Barb.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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

Victoria Harbour, ON

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

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

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.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

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. ♥♥♥

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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....

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

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

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

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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(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

ohhh ahhhh that is wonderful LK ^_^

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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???

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

No problem at all! Super easy to follow!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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!!!!!

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

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

Victoria Harbour, ON

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!!

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

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

Thanks everyone, these are so easy to do!

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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?

Victoria Harbour, ON

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

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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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