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Picture of Gingham and Ruffles - Summer Tote Bag
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.

Step 1:

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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.
 
FashionGal26 days ago

What a great idea!

HollyMann2 years ago
I had to stop by again and comment on how much I love this _ I will be making one soon! :)
HollyMann2 years ago
This is gorgeous!
Love the ruffle :D