All sewing is done with a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
Start by cutting two 12.5″ diameter circles from each of the outer and lining fabrics. These are the front and back.
Cut a 4″x 26″ strip of fabric from both the lining and outer fabric. Fold in half. Cut in from the fold so the raw edges are 2″, and the center is 4″. These are the side pieces for the outer and lining.
Cut a 3.5″ strip of the outer fabric, and a 3″ strip of Fusible Fleece.
Fuse the HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the strip of fabric, leaving a 1/4″ margin on each side. Fold in half, right sides together, lengthwise, and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out.
Topstitch on both sides. You’ve created the handle!
On the lining, measure 1.5″ down from the center for placing the magnetic snap. Follow the instructions that come with the snap for securing it in place.
Put the outside into the lining, right sides together, pin the handle in place, with the handle between the two layers. One side of the handle should be pinned on the side, the other on the front. Make sure the handle isn’t twisted.
Stitch all the way around the top, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Use a seam ripper to open the seam at the bottom of the lining. For a curved bag like this, it is better to make a hole for turning than leave a hole for turning when stitching. The marks left by making and then removing the stitches will help you stitch closed the bag later, on the curve.
Turn right side out, through the hole.
Fuse Heat n Bond® Ultra to the back of the fabrics for applique. Cut out the pieces for the flamingo applique. Place on the bag, where the handle attaches to the front. Be sure to avoid the area where the magnetic snap is placed, so you don’t try to stitch through it when you stitch down the applique.
Fuse into place.
Pin all the way around the top of the bag, securing the lining and outer layer.
Topstitch the edge.
Stitch down the applique, using a buttonhole or zig-zag stitch.
Stitch a button in place for the eye.
Hand stitch the hole in the lining closed, and your flamingo tote is complete!