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Today I combined two of my favorite tutorials into one great tote bag! One of my favorite sponsors, Shabby Fabrics, sent me fat quarter bundle of Violet Craft’s Brambleberry Ridge. Even better, they are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Brambleberry Ridge to one of my lucky readers! Enter to win at the bottom of this post!
Brambleberry Ridge one of my favorite lines of fabric and I was super excited to play around with it. The metallic gold is especially gorgeous with the minty teal colors. I decided to combine my Bloomin’ Quilt-As-You-Go tutorial and my Ribbon Tote Tutorial (minus the ribbon) to make this sturdy little tote bag.
A fat quarter bundle
1/2 yard of cheap white backing fabric
1/2 yard batting
Note: If possible get 1/4 yard more of one of the fabrics, so the two inside lining pieces are the same (there’s not enough in a fat quarter to make the whole lining). If not, no worries! Two mismatched pieces are super cute, too.
All seam allowances are 1/4″.
You can get more detailed instructions on how to do my Bloomin’ technique here, but here’s the general gist.
Cut all your fabrics. You will need (left to right in the above photo):
- Cheap white backing fabric, 14″ x 16″ (cut 2)
- Batting, 14″ x 16″ (cut 2)
- Lining fabric, 13″ x 15″ (cut 2)
- Back of bag fabric, which will be quilted, 14″ x 16″ (cut 1)
- Strap fabric, 26″ x 2.5″ (cut 4, 2 each of 2 fabrics)
- Various fabrics for cutting into strips for the front of the bag.
Note: for the straps, I used two shorter strips sewn together to get the full 26″ length.
I always start with batting and backing fabric that’s an inch bigger than my final panel. This is because this technique is notorious for warping the fabric a bit, so you’ll need the extra room to square up the panel at the end. Start with one piece of fabric, face up on your batting, with the white backing piece underneath. I fussy-cut this stag, because, well, how could I not? He’s fabulous.
Using straight-line quilting to attach the fabric directly to the batting.
Then start adding pieces around the stag, using this method. If you’ve done any foundation piecing, this should be a piece of cake.
I used 2.5″ strips for this bag, which is a little wider than I normally use. But I think it still worked well!
I love watching the design “bloom” as you add more and more pieces.
Soon you’ll get all the way to the edges! Square up and trim your panel so that it’s 13″ x 15″.
For the back panel, I just used the darkest teal print, quilted simply with horizontal lines. Square up this panel to 13″ x 15″ as well.
Assemble the tote bag using the same method as my Ribbon Tote Tutorial. And that’s it! I love how sturdy this bag is — the quilting really makes it feel substantial. Perfect for groceries or a library bag.
I’m also dying over how beautiful the studio’s back yard is right now. It’s almost like the deer and foxes in the fabric are wandering through the flowers. I can hardly believe it’s November! Looks like May.
And now for the giveaway! Enter below to win a fat quarter of the mint colorway of Brambleberry Ridge! You can also follow Shabby Fabrics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest — plus, they have a blog!
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