Henry Glass Fabrics Co. Inc.
Black, White & Currant III Quilted Tote Bag
By Color Principle
7714-99 Black/Small White Flowers
(2) 2 ¼ “ x 20” strips, cut on bias for flap & outside
pocket (double fold)
(2) 18˝ x 21˝ rectangles for lining
(2) 1 ½˝ x 21˝ for tote top section
(2) 6˝ x 21˝ rectangles for inside pocket
(2) 4˝ x 17˝ rectangles for bottom insert
7716-44 White/Large Flowers
(2) 12˝ x 21˝ for tote middle section
7715-88 Red/White Flowers
(2) 9 ½” x 13”outside pocket
(2) 6” x 9 ½” flap
7710-98 Red Paisley
(2) 6˝ x 21˝ for tote bottom section
(2) 5˝ x 26˝ for handles
(2) Muslin 19˝ x 22˝ for quilt backing
Fusible fleece (or batting)
(2) 19˝ x 21˝
Medium weight fusible interfacing
(1) 6˝ x 21˝ for inside pocket
(1) 9 ½ ” x 13” for outside pocket
(1) 6” x 9 ½”for flap
(2) 4˝ x 26˝ strips for handles
Stiff fusible interfacing
(1) 4˝ x 17˝ rectangle for bottom insert
Approximately 20˝ x 15˝ x 5˝
1 ½ yd 7714-99 Black/Small White Flowers Tote Top Section/Binding/Lining/
Inside Pocket/Bottom Insert
⅜ yd 7716-44 White/Lg Flowers Tote Middle Section
⅓ yd 7715-88 Red/White All-Over Flowers Outside Pocket/Flap
½ yd 7710-98 Red Paisley Tote Bottom Section/Handles
⅝ yd Muslin for quilt backing
2 pieces - 19˝ x 21˝ Fusible Fleece (or batting)
4˝ x 17˝ Stiff fusible interfacing for bottom insert
Medium weight fusible interfacing for pocket, flap and handles
Decorative Button, hook & loop tape or closure of your choice.
Tote Bag Body
Seam allowance is ¼˝. Press seams as you go. Be sure to follow
manufacturer’s directions if you are using closures that need to be
added during construction. It's helpful to label the pieces as they
Join tote top, midddle and bottom sections together.
Fuse fleece to the wrong sides of the tote front and back.
Wrong sides together, place each fused piece on a muslin
rectangle. Quilt as desired. Trim edges evenly to 18˝ x 21˝.
Fuse interfacing to wrong side of one pocket piece. Trace
pocket curve onto paper to use as a guide. Fold each pocket
in half, align template to fold, and cut curve.
Layer pocket pieces right sides together. Sew around all sides
and top edge leaving curved seam open Trim corners and turn
right side out; press. Baste curved edge.
Bind curved edge as you would for a quilt, folding binding
ends in 1/4” to finish.
Center pocket on front of the tote bag, aligning bottom of
pocket with seam line between tote bottom and middle
sections. Sew around sides and bottom of pocket, double stitch
ends for reinforcement.
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Sew Front and Back
With right sides together, sew tote front and back together at
the side and bottom edges. Press seam allowances open.
To shape a flat bottom, fold the tote (with right sides
together) so that the side seam meets up with the bottom.
Pin the seams together. Measure 2 ½˝ from point and draw
a line. Sew on the marked line. Stitch again to reinforce the
Trim seam allowance to ½˝ and zig zag stitch along raw edges.
Turn tote right side out.
Fuse 6˝ x 21˝ interfacing to the wrong side one of the inside
pockets. Place pocket pieces right sides together. Stitch along
both long edges, leaving the sides open. Turn right side out
and press. Top stitch 1/8˝ from the top edge of the pocket.
Place pocket on the right side of one of the lining sides. Align
the raw edges of the pocket with the side edges of the lining,
approximately 3˝ down from the top. Baste pocket in place
along side seams. Top stitch through all the layers along the
Front side of lining
If you like, divide the pocket into three separate pockets by
stitching 6˝ in from each side. Back stitch to reinforce the
With right sides together, sew side and bottom edges of
lining. Leave a 6˝ opening in the bottom seam for turning
tote right side out. Press seams open. Stitch bottom corners
in the same manner as you did for the tote. Leave lining
wrong side out.
Press strips in half to mark center. Open and press ½˝ to
the inside along both long edges of the handle strips. Open
pressed edges. Place fusible interfacing on the wrong side of
the handle strip between the fold lines. Fuse in place.
Fold in edges again, fold the handle strip in half lengthwise
and press. Top stitch both long sides of the handle. Make two.
Fold handle in half crosswise to find the center. Mark with a
pin. Fold the handle in half lengthwise and measure 3˝ from
each side of the pin. Stitch folded edges together for 6˝ to
make a narrow section of the handle. It is easier to carry this
Trace curve onto paper and use as a guide for the flap. Fuse
interfacing to the wrong side of one flap piece. Place the two
flap pieces wrong sides together. Pin or baste. Bind around
curved edge as you would for a quilt. Baste raw edges of the
straight edge of the flap.
Measure 3˝ in from each side of the side seams and pin
handles to right side of the front and back of the tote,
matching raw edges. Place flap at the center of the right side
of the bag back, raw edges even. Pin. Baste close to the edges.
wrong side out
Assemble Tote Bag
Insert tote body inside tote lining with right sides together.
Tuck handles and flap down into the tote, out of the way.
Align raw edges and side seams. Sew top edges together.
Stitch again over handles and flap for reinforcement.
Turn tote and lining right side out through the opening in
the lining. Pull lining out of the tote and stitch the opening
Tuck the lining back down inside the tote. Be sure handles
and flap are pulled out. Press top edge. Top stitch.
Bottom Insert and Closure
Layer the stiff interfacing with the lining fabric and fuse. Zig
zag around the four edges of the fabric covered rectangle.
Place in the bottom of the tote. (Adjust size if necessary.)
Add hook & loop tape, button and button hole, or snap to
complete the tote bag.
PLACE ON FOLD
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