For this Tote Bag project you will need:
1/4 yard each of 4-5 different fabric
2- 13 ½ inch pieces of fabric for lining
2- 2 ½ x 24 inch strips of material for straps
~To make a taller bag use 4 strips with 24- 4 ½ x 4 ½ inch
Cut your ¼ yard of fabric in 4 ½ x 4 ½ inch squares.
Arrange your different squares as you'd like them to be laid out.
Sew 6 squares together to make one strip by sewing one end to the
next, to the next, etc. Sew them with the right sides together. Make
3 strips of 6 squares. Once your 3 strips are done lay them out
again the way you'd like it.
Pin together Row 1 to Row 2, right sides together, matching squares
up. Sew together taking out pins as you go. Continue with Row 3. Now
you have a rectangle, fold in half right sides together. Measure, if
your rectangle is smaller than 13 inches, cut lining pieces to equal
size of outside bag. Sew side and bottom together of patchwork tote.
Use your presser foot guide to keep an even straight line.
To make lining, take 2 pieces of lining material and put them right
sides together. Sew along edges leaving top open. Leave inside out.
Turn the outside of the tote so that the right sides are facing out.
Insert bags into each other so wrong sides are together.
On the top edge turn 1/4 inch down and 1/4 inch again. Pin in place.
***We pinned our bag with the lining showing out, just for fun, or
you can fold it inside also.
Make straps by taking your 2 1/2 x 13 1/2 inch material and place
them right sides together. Sew along long edge. Turn inside out.
Attach handles to middle of front and back.