Create a pretty & hardwearing tote bag for summer. I used a couple of yards of gingham cotton from my fabric stash but any non-stretch fabric would work. The seams and raw edges are all enclosed making the bag very strong and practically reversible.
Read on for a step by step tutorial.
1 - Wash & iron your fabric. Daffodils optional :-)
2 - Cut the following pieces
17" x 17" - 2 pieces (bag front & back)
30" x 3" - 2 pieces (frill - try to cut one of the long edges of each piece on the selvedge)
23" x 3" - 2 pieces (handles)
17" x 3" - 2 pieces (bag top)
3 - To make the enclosed French seams: place the bag front and back pieces wrong sides together (yes, wrong sides together) sew a small seam down the side, along the bottom and up the other side.
4 - Trim the corners to remove some of the fabric bulk.