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Step by Step tutorial to make a retro tetris tote bag
Channelling my inner retro gaming geek I made this tetris tote bag from an old pair of trousers, 2 tea towels and felt. Here is how I did it!

Posted by Julie from Sum of their Stories from Coventry, England, United Kingdom • Published See Julie from Sum of their Stories's 13 projects »
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  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    First prepare the felt Tetris pieces
    I made templates from card, 4x4cm squares, in the right shapes then cut several of each shape out of coloured felt.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next prepare the fabric bag pieces
    I used 2 tea towels to line my bag, so they determined how big it could be. I chopped a piece of the top to use for the handles, like so:

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    I used the lining fabric to measure my outer fabric from the trouser legs. Sorry to be a bit vague here but as this was a recycling project I used what I had. If you are using new fabric you can make your bag any size you want.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    In total I ended up with 12 pieces:
    2 x 41 x 44cm outer "trouser" fabric
    2 x 41 x 44cm tea towel lining fabric
    4 x outer fabric handle pieces 7 x 41cm (or cut 2 x 7 x 79cm if you have enough fabric)
    4 x lining fabric handle pieces 7 x 41cm (or cut 2 x 7 x 79cm if you have enough fabric)

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now attach the felt shapes
    Before you make the bag you want to add the decoration to one of the large outer fabric pieces.Play around with your pieces until you are happy with the arrangement, I was/am a Tetris fan so it was important to me that the pieces fitted like they would in the game. Remember if a line is all filled in it disappears (and you get points!) so you need to leave gaps on every line.

    Once you you are happy pin them centrally to the bag front piece.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    I attached each piece by stitching it on with a zig zag stitch, I wanted the thread colours to match so I stitched all the yellow, then all the green etc changing the threads as I went. It was a bit of a fiddle but worth it.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now make the bag
    Once the decoration was on, I joined the 2 outer pieces and the 2 lining pieces, right sides together, pinning then sewing down the side, along the bottom then back up the other side.
    Leave a 3 inch gap in the bottom edge of the lining fabric in the middle. This is important, you'll need this gap later.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Next make the handles
    Join the handle pieces you cut out earlier in pairs by stitching the short edges. If you had more fabric and were able to cut longer strips you won't need to do this.
    You should end up with 2 long thin strips of your main fabric and 2 of your lining fabric.
    Pin 1 outer and 1 lining, right sides together, then stitch down the long edges.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    To turn them right side out, put a safety pin on the end and push through the tube. Press flat with the iron then top stitch if you want to. I like how it neatens it up. Make the other handle in exactly the same way.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now your handles are ready you can position them on the bag. Pin them to the outer bag, one handle on the front and one on the back, right sides together. Mine were 6cm in from the edge.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Turn this outer bag inside out again and turn the lining bag right side out. Insert the lining bag into the outer bag so the right sides are together.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pin then stitch the two bags together along this top edge. Pull the lining bag out and find that gap you left in the bottom edge.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now this is where the magic happens!
    Gently pull the whole bag through that hole till it's all right side out.

  • How to sew an applique tote. Tetris Tote Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Stitch the gap in the lining, either by hand or by top stitching on the sewing machine. Push the lining back inside the outer bag and Voilà! A beautifully lined bag - how cool is that!

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Melissa Beth
Melissa Beth · McLean, Virginia, US · 80 projects
This is AWESOME! I am definitely putting this in my queue. Thanks!
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Teri
Teri · Albrechtičky, Moravian-Silesian Region, CZ · 34 projects
I just wanted to thank you one more time,because I just made bags based on this tutorial for Christmas, and it´s really quick and chepa. Thank you Happy
Julie from Sum of their Stories
Julie from Sum of their Stories · Coventry, England, GB · 21 projects
That's such lovely news, thanks for stopping by to let me know.
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Teri
Teri · Albrechtičky, Moravian-Silesian Region, CZ · 34 projects
Awesome! thanks for this,i just tried it and it´s really great Happy
Julie from Sum of their Stories
Julie from Sum of their Stories · Coventry, England, GB · 21 projects
That so lovely to hear, thanks for letting me know. The best possible feedback is that someone has tried a project out and it's gone well.
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