Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share this lovely bag using some exquisite fabrics from Blend.  These fabrics are almost to lovely to cut into, but I finally did and I put together this simple bag.


Simple Bag by Jenifer Cowles


Fabrics from the Mariposa collection from Blend

Various trims from May Arts (optional)

Therm O Web HeatnBond® Craft fusible

Therm O Web HeatnBond® fusible fleece


Cutting instructions:  Cut out 1 piece of fabric for the back, 2 pieces of fabric for the lining, 1 piece of HeatNBond Fusible Fleece and 1 HeatNBond Craft Fusible 15″x16.5″.  For the front cut out 3 pieces of fabric 5.5″x16.5″.

Directions:  Sew the 3 5.5″ pieces together so you will have 1 piece 15″x16.5″.  Iron on the Therm O Web HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece and quilt as desired.  I just used my foot as a guide and quickly went back and forth.  After it is quilted you can apply any trims (optional).  Iron on the HeatNBond Craft Fusible to the wrong side of the back fabric.  Place right sides together and sew done the side, across the bottom and then back up the other side pivoting at the corners.  Do the same with the lining pieces but leave a 4″ opening at the bottom.  Clip the corners at a diagonal, this will give you nice sharp corners.  Turn to the right side and poke out the corners.


 Close up of the quilting.

Using a ruffling foot ruffle the twill till you get the desired length to go around the top of the bag.  Baste to the top of the bag.  For the strap cut 50″ of Burlap Ribbon baste stitch them down centered at the side seams.  Place the tote inside the lining, right sides together, pinning around the top edge and stitch in place.  Turn the bag through the opening at the bottom of the bag, stuff the lining inside.  Top stitch along the top of the bag and you are done.


Back of the bag.


Thank you so much for looking at my project today, come back often for more projects from this amazing team.


1 Comment on Create a Tote Bag with Blend Fabrics

  1. Heather Thompson
    February 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm (10 years ago)

    Just beautiful, love the project! might have to make on for my little peanuts gymnastics stuff.