Showcase your mad embroidery skills or use some fabulous fabric to make this mini tote bag.
This mini tote bag measures 6 inches wide x 7 inches tall x 2 inches deep. It’s the perfect size for packing your lunch, carrying a few books, or toting some toys. I embroidered one of my favorite birds from my Bird Sampler pattern onto a solid fabric before sewing it up, but you could simply use a fabulous print. Choose a fun coordinating color for the lining and you’re ready to sew!
Materials you'll need for each bag:
• one fat quarter of the main fabric
• one fat quarter (or less) for the lining fabric • sewing machine
• basic sewing tools
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Now for the bag. Cut two 9 inch squares from the main fabric, and two from the lining fabric. If you're going to embroider your bag (or embellish it in any other way) - do this now before you sew the pieces together.
Pin the two main fabric squares right sides together. Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch around both sides and the bottom of the bag. Repeat for the lining pieces.
Open out one bottom corner of the bag so that the sde seam and center bottom seam line up, and the corner of the bag makes a point. Measure up one inch from the tip of the stitching (NOT the tip of the fabric triangle) and stitch a line perpendicular to the side seam.
Repeat for the other corner. Repeat for the lining.
Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch almost all the way around the top edge of the bag. Leave the space between the two ends of one handle unstitched, so you can pull the bag through the opening.
Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching. This is a pretty small opening and there will be some pressure on the edges as you pull the bag through.
Topstitch around the bag, about 1/8 inch from the top edge. Be sure that the folded edges of the opening you used for turning are lined up and that you catch both layers in the topstitching to hold them together. No hand stitching!
You're finished! Pack your lunch, wrap a gift, or tote some toys. Show off your work and accept praise graciously. You're awesome!