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Build-A-Block Curves – Rob Peter To Pay Paul tote bag – International Quilting Day 2020

Crafter's Companion – 20/04/19

Happy International Quilting Day, everyone! This is a day that gives all of us quilting fans the perfect excuse to treat ourselves to some new bits and bobs, try out a new technique or start a brand new project. To help you celebrate, we’re sharing this fun tote bag step-by-step tutorial, which uses our Gemini Build-A-Block Rob Peter To Pay Paul die set. It’s the perfect project to reduce the amount of plastic bags you use!

We’ve used sunshine yellow and white for our tote bag, but you can use any kind of fabric that you like. Try using printed fabric for an even funkier effect or using up scraps for a patchwork look!

You will need:

Cutting preparation

  • Die-cut 80 small curved borders
  • Die-cut 20 small inverted squares
  • Cut 2 bag straps measuring 3″ x 15.5″ from white fabric
  • Cut a back bag panel measuring 14″ x 17″ from white fabric
  • Cut a top and bottom border strip measuring 1.5″ x 15″ from white fabric
  • Cut 2 side border strips measuring 1.5″ x 15.5″ from white fabric
  • Cut 2 lining panels measuring 14″ x 17″ from yellow fabric
  • Cut 2 pieces of wadding/batting measuring 14″ x 17″

Step 1

Sew a small curved border to each side of a small inverted square of the opposite colour. Repeat this process a further 19 times.

Step 2

Now all your block pieces are sewn together, sew them right sides together into five rows of four blocks.

Step 3

Sew the five rows from Step 2 right sides together lengthways.

Step 4

Stitch the 1.5″ x 15″ strips right sides together along the top and bottom of the rows stitched together in Step 3.

Step 5

Repeat Step 4 with the 1.5″ x 15.5″ border strips along the left and right side of the design.

Step 6

Take a bag strap and fold it over by 1/4″ on both long edges. Fold the strap in half and press it. Top stitch down both edges and repeat this process with the remaining strap.

Step 7

Adhere the wadding to the wrong side of the front and back panels of the bag (Stick and Spray is great for this).

Step 8

Place a bag strap 3″ in from either end of the front bag panel, ensuring that the raw edges of the straps meet the raw edges of the panel. Repeat this process with the remaining strap and back bag panel.

Step 9

Lay the front and back bag panels right side together and stitch around the bottom and both sides seams.

Step 10

Place the lining panels right sides together and stitch around the bottom and both sides seams. Leave a small gap in the bottom seam for turning the bag through.

Step 11

Place the outer bag inside the lining bag right sides together and ensure that the straps are tucked between the outer and lining bags. Sew around the opening of the bag. Turn the bag through the opening in the lining and top stitch the opening closed to finish.


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