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Picture of Quilted Tote Bag
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Are you constantly fumbling over your things?  That small purse no longer big enough? Then look no further!  Here's a cute bag that you can make in just one day.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
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You will need:

3 different fabric quarters

Fabric for the lining (at least 40''x25'')

Thread

A sewing machine

Scissors

Tape measure

Pins

Rotary board/cutter (optional)

Step 2: Cutting the Squares

The squares you will need to cut will be 5'' by 5''.  Using the 3 fabrics you got, cut nine 5'' by 5'' squares out of each one.  That's three for the front, three for the back, and one each for the 2 sides and bottom.  After you cut your squares, arrange them in a pattern you like. 

Step 3: Sewing the Squares Together

Your bag will have 9 squares on the front and back, and 3 squares on the bottom and sides.  To start, take the first row of three squares and sew them together. Then, sew the next row of three squares together.  Repeat with the last row, so you have 3 strips of squares that ARE NOT connected. Take the top strip and sew it to the bottom strip. Now you should have two rows of 3 squares, 6 in all.  Then, take the last strip and sew it to the 2 row of the main piece.  You should now have a 3 by 3 piece for the front of you back.  Repeat this same process for the back of the bag.  For the sides, sew three squares in your desired pattern together as shown in the picture.  For the bottom, sew three squares together just like you would to make a strip as shown in the first picture.
*THERE WILL BE A 1/2 INCH SEAM FOR THIS PART*