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Cute Reversible Rag Quilt Tote Bag

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This instructable will show you how to make a cute and unique tote out of your left over project scraps! My finished bag measures 16 inches wide, 12 inches tall, and 4 inches wide... Perfect for carrying around a few notebooks to class! However, you could easily adjust the dimensions to suit the bag for whatever your purposes are!
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials!

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Here are the things you will need to make this bag:

1. Fabric Scraps
- You will need around 2 yards all together (1 yard for outside, 1 yard for lining (or reverse fabric when bag is turned inside out). I used a healthy pile of scraps from other projects.

I offer a few tips regarding fabric selection (if you can afford to be picky):

a. Cottons first! The fray the easiest, so the effect will be nicer. After cottons, any woven fabric will do just fine. You can use knits if you must (I did), just be prepared to put in a little more work and for the frayed effect to be a little tougher to achieve.

b. Light/bright colors for the lining if you have some in your stash you want to get rid of. If you are going to use your purse in its reversed orientation, you might want to use a pattern or a series of scraps in a different color scheme to get the maximum usage out of your purse.

2. Batting
- You don't need very much batting at all. It is being used in this project to add some life to the fabric. I canabalized an old pillow for my batting.

3. Sewing Notions
- A sewing machine
- Coordinating Thread (It is very evident in the finished product... Choose something that will go well with all of your scraps)
- Pins
- Tape Measure (not necessarily necessary :) )
- Scissors
- Bias Tape, or a piece of fabric with folded under easy to finish edges.

4. A 5x5 inch piece of paper to serve as your cutting pattern
-You can choose to use whatever dimension paper you want, this is simply the size I used for the bag shown.
rwood101 year ago
I love this, I know how to make the bed quit but never thought to make a bag..thanks for sharing..
lpobiak2 years ago
Great purse!
jnifrwebb3 years ago
This is very pretty, I love the colors, and the name on the handle is awesome!!
Grady4 years ago
Fantastic. I like the way you frayed the edges; it gives it its own special look
danelugdz4 years ago
L0ch_n3ss4 years ago
A little more time than I want to spend but cute! Maybe I will make a smaller one for everyday use...
Oh that's pretty! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking to this.
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice tote, I love the free form stitching on the strap!
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