Fabric: you need a length of 40" and a width of 45". Therefore you will need 1.25 yards of pre-washed and dried twill, duck cloth, denim or similar fabric (purchase extra to allow for shrinkage). This will make 2 complete bags.
NOTE: I used black duck cloth for the bag shown above.
Thread (to match background)
Colorfast inkjet transfer fabric: this is specially treated fabric that you can print directly to using
your own inkjet printer. To see a sample or to purchcase (we have it for a great price!) go to
our NOTIONS store.
Iron On Adhesive (fusible web) or similar bonding material to bond the printed fabric to the tote.
fabric and small piece of fusible web
Grahics: go to FREE graphics page and select the graphics you want to use for your tote. Follow the directions on that page for saving the picture onto your own computer.
hint: quilting pins are easier to use than regular pins; a tupperware box works well as a supply box.
Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.
Safety Reminders For Little Helpers
A. Always have an adult do all the ironing!
B. Never run with scissors. Carry them pointed end down.
C. Never use a sewing machine without adult supervision.
D. Always let an adult use the seam ripper for you.
Now you are ready to start!
Please Note: These diagrams are not exactly to scale, but pattern pieces do fit as shown.
First, cut out your pattern pieces. I use butcher paper, bought on a roll at Costco.
Main Bag: Cut 1 piece 15" x 40".
Strap: Cut 1 piece 3.5" x 24"
Now, lay-out pattern pieces as shown below. Cut out fabric pieces.
1. Zig-zag around all pieces (if serging, serge the two short ends of each piece,
or serge around top of bag after sides are sewn).