Lovely Little Patchwork Tote Bag

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I’m super excited to be a part of Kerri Horsley’s Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour!  Her book is so adorable with creative projects ranging from quilts to pillows to aprons!

IMG_3224What I love about this book is that not only are the projects inspiring but the book is also fun to read and so pretty to thumb through! I choose to make her Patchwork Market Tote.

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For my fabrics I selected Milk, Sugar, Flour by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics – one of my all time favorite fabric lines!  The pattern calls for an embroidered pocket.  I found this vintage pillow case with cats and flowers and knew it would be purrrrfect for this project.

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I gathered all my supplies and began cutting and Mufasa decided this would be the perfect place for a catnap 🙂

I followed the cutting instructions exactly.  I am a lover of totebags and so I stabilized my bag a little differently.   My favorite method is cotton batting + HeatnBond medium weight fusible stabilizer!

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Once I had the outer portions of the tote bag completed  I fused the Heat n Bond® medium weight stabilizer to the wrong side of the outer bag pieces.

Next, I used  Spray n Bond to baste the fused outer bag pieces to cotton quilt batting and then quilted. The addition of the stabilizer gives the bag more strength and substance while the batting keeps it feeling soft!

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I cut my pillowcase to the measurements indicated in the pattern.

IMG_7763  I used this same method to create the pocket, first ironing on stabilizer to the wrong side of the embroidery piece, followed by quilt batting.

IMG_7812I quilted the entire bag with straight line stitching along each of the seams.

I didn’t have webbing for the straps so I created my own using the same length measurements as in the pattern.

To create a 1″ wide handle, cut a 4″ x desired length piece of fabric.   Press the entire length in half.

IMG_7782Open the strap and press both long edges in to meet the center crease.

IMG_7785Now comes the fun part, cut a 2″ x desired length piece of stabilizer and slip it inside the folded handle.  Press to fuse.  Then fold the 2″ piece in half again lengthwise to result in a 1″ wide strap.  Top stitch both sides to secure.  There are 4 layers of fabric and 2 layers of stabilizer in the handle!  It’s perfect!  I topstitched along the handles and then continued following the pattern.

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I love it so much!

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I took this bag to quilt market in May and I was thrilled to show it to Elea who absolutely loved it!!  IMG_8083

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For more inspiration stop by each of these designers’ blogs to see what fun projects they have made from Kerri’s book!!

28.08.2016 Sarah Edgar @sarahedgarprettyfabrics alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
29.08.2016 Heidi Staples @fabricmutt fabricmutt.blogspot.com
30.08.2016 Megan Jimenez @QuiltStoryMeg quiltstory.blogspot.com
02.09.2016 Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen tinkerwiththis.blogspot.com
03.09.2016 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
04.09.2016 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane downgrapevinelane.com
05.09.2016 Kimberly Jolly @fatquartershop fatquartershop.blogspot.com
06.09.2016 Samantha Dorn @aqua_paisley aquapaisleystudio.com
07.09.2016 Ayda Algın @cafenohut cafenohut.blogspot.com
08.09.2016 LeAnne Ballard @everydaycelebrations everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com
09.09.2016 Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane lilabellelane.blogspot.com
10.09.2016 Lauren Wright @mollyandmama mollyandmama.com.au
11.09.2016 Kate May @thehomemakery thehomemakery.co.uk/blog/
12.09.2016 Debbie Homick @happylittlecottage1 happylittlecottage.blogspot.com
13.09.2016 Wynn Tan @zakkaart zakkaart.blogspot.com
14.09.2016 Kim Kruzich @retro_mama retro-mama.blogspot.com
15.09.2016 Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet cloverandviolet.com
16.09.2016 Veronica AM @VividFelicity vividfelicity.wordpress.com
17.09.2016 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs ellisandhiggs.com
18.09.2016 Amanda Woodruff @acraftyfox_amanda acraftyfox.net
19.09.2016 Minki Kim @zeriano minkikim.com
20.09.2016 Sharon Yeager @daisycottagequilting Instagram
21.09.2016 Peta Peace @shequiltsalot shequiltsalot.com
22.09.2016 Sarah Scott @piccolostudio_sarah piccolostudio.com.au
23.09.2016 Kristin Cobb @goobadesigns Instagram
24.09.2016 Erin Cox @whynotsewquilts whynotsew.blogspot.com
25.09.2016 Kerri Horsley @sewdeerlyloved lovelylittlehandmades.blogspot.com
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