Bah! What in the world ...???
That's what you're thinking, right? You, dear quilter, are looking at this one-yard-cheater-panel and thinking, "Well, it's really adorable with the classic Alice illustrations and silhouettes and all, but I can't quilt with THAT!"
Maybe, maybe not. (I thought it would make an interesting backing for a baby quilt, or cool aprons, or cushions ...)
That's not what I'm going to show you today.
Nope. I have a better idea.
I found this fantastic Alice-in-Wonderland cheater panel by Lecien over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and I turned into the easiest little slim tote bag. (Slim = flat)
Actually, I turned this one-yard panel into TWO slim totes.
Yes. Yes I did. Keep scrolling ... you'll see.
And when I say easiest, I mean e.a.s.i.e.s.t. This bag is as simple as it gets. But the fabric is so cute, no one will notice that you only spent an hour making it. Seriously. (If I sound a little punchy, that's because it's 3:30 a.m. and I've got insomnia ... )
So if you're a quilter and can sew a straight line, you can make this tote.
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Here's my really quick tutorial for you.
To make TWO slim tote bags, you will need:
- 1 yard of Alice cheater panel (click here to find a great selection of designs and colours)
- 2 - 14" x 24" lining fabric (click here to find coordinating Alice scatter prints - so cute!)
- 2 - 14" x 24" batting pieces (I prefer fusible fleece, but regular quilt batting works just fine)
- 2 - 1" x 24" batting strips for long handles
- 2 - 1" x 12" batting strips for short handles
Note - if you only want to make one tote, use the body of the second bag as your lining. :)
Cut the panel into horizontal strips like this:
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FOR LONG-HANDLED VERSION:
FOR SHORT-HANDLED VERSION:
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Pin or spray baste one batting piece to the wrong side of the body fabric. Quilt as desired. (I just followed the vertical stripes so I didn't have to think.)
Fold the body, right sides together, and sew along the side and bottom.
Turn right side out and press.
Baste the handles in place.
To make the lining, repeat Step 3 with one lining piece, but leave a 4" opening along the bottom seam. Keep the lining inside out.
Insert the bag (right side out) into the lining (inside out). Pin the lining to the bag and sew them together around the top edge.
Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining and stitch the hole closed. Tuck the lining inside the bag and sew a row of top-stitching 1/8" around the top edge of the bag.
Embellish as you like, or not.
So, here they are!
But here's where it gets even better - you don't need a cheater panel to make this bag, you can use ANY fabric. You can adjust the size of this pattern to whatever you like - make it taller, shorter, wider, narrower, and even adjust the length of the handles to suit yourself. Create your own "cheater panel" with patchwork or applique, or just use a favourite print. It doesn't matter.
Are you inspired yet? Happy slim-tote-making. :) xo k