This is an easy afternoon project called the ‘Fat Quarter Tote Bag’. I fell in love with the fabric line, ‘Seaside‘, by Riley Blake Designs the first time I saw it at quilt market back almost 9 months ago in Houston, TX. The colors, the prints, the nautical feel……awwww, swoon. I knew I had to use this line the minute it came out!
The Fat Quarter Tote is a fully lined medium-sized tote bag made from six fat quarters (with a little bit of interfacing). Once you know how this sweet little bag goes together, you will be able to whip up several of them in no time. Let’s get started…….
Apply fusible interfacing to the back side of all four strap pieces according to package instructions. I know interfacing can be a little confusing, but the interfacing used in the project is nothing fancy. It is fusible on one side (not both) and will add a little strength to the straps. If you prefer to add a little more body to the tote bag, you could apply interfacing to the back sides of all the pieces.
Place two of the strap pieces with their right sides together and sew down both long sides.
Turn the strap right side out and press.
Press all seams open for the lining and the exterior main bag pieces.
Pinch the bottom squares of the bag and line up the two straight edges of the squares. Pin in place and stitch across the straight side. Do this for all four corners (two exterior and two lining).
Place the top band fabric pieces with the right sides together and sew down both short sides. Fold the top band in half (long-ways) and press.
Measure in 4.5″ from each side of the bag for strap placement.
Pin the straps in place and baste stitch them to the bag.
Sew around the top, leaving a 3″- 4″ opening for turning right side out.
Topstitch around the top of the bag. Make sure to iron under the opening we used for turning earlier so that your topstitching will catch and close the opening during this step.