Hello friends! As you may know from my Instagram post, the lovely Laurie, who works at the studio, made a wonderful tote from just 2 fat quarters of Acufactum fabric. It is made with the beautiful Snowdrops fabric which you received if you're in our Acufactum Fabric Collector's Club, and Emma fabric in the colour Thyme, though of course, any fabrics would work! Laurie has kindly written up a pattern for you all, in case you'd like to make this quick and easy tote too! When we are able to, we will add more step by step photos of the construction, but wanted to get something up for you quickly for those who'd like to try making a tote right away!
You will need:
1. 2 Acufactum fat quarter's
2. Medium weight interfacing
3. Iron on batting or By Annie's Soft and Stable
1. Cut two 14.5 x 17" pieces from each fat quarter (one will be the lining, which will also fold over the top portion of the tote, and one will form the outer bottom and base of the tote). You'll have four 14.5 x 17" pieces at this point (2 lining and 2 outer).
2. Sew together (RST) each pair along one 14.5" side (using a 1/4" seam) to make two 14.5 x 33" pieces (one will be the lining, one will be the outer)
Important: If you are using a directional print, sew the lining together so that when folded over on the top of the tote, the pattern is right side up.
3. Iron medium weight interfacing to the lining. Draw a line 3.5" down from each end of the outer fabric, iron batting or use Soft and Stable between these lines. Quilt this piece. Laurie used a nice cross hatch design on our sample.
4. Sew up side seams on outer fabric and lining, leaving a 5" opening on one side of the lining.
5. Box bottom of both pieces, 2.5" up from the tip.
6. Sew lace 1/8" from the top of the lining.
7. Place outer bag inside lining, right sides together, matching the side seams. Stitch around the top.
8. Pull bag through the opening in the lining, lightly press and top stitch around the top, 1/8" down.
9. Fold over 3.5" then top stitch around the top of the fold, 1/8" down.
10. Stitch up the opening in the lining and decorate to your liking. Laurie used more lace to form a rosette, with a fabric covered button as the centre. She also added a 1/8" wide silk ribbon tassels, attaching 1.5 cm diameter wooden beads to the bottoms of the tassels.
We hope you enjoy this fun little project. Thank you to Laurie for this pattern. Check back for that if you're having any troubles with the instructions as we will be adding our step-by-step images.
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