Cut some pretty squares - mine are five inches square.
Cut nine for each side of the bag = eighteen in total
Lay them out in a colourful eye candy design
|One Side Of The Tote|
|Second Side Of Tote|
|Sew Into Strips Of Three|
|Second Side In Strips Of Three|
|Now Sew Strips Together For Each Side|
|Make Sure All Seams Face Same Way|
|Sides Are Now Quilted Onto Wadding|
|Lazy Stitch In The Ditch|
|Some Added Strips - Or Frame|
|Reinforced Area To Become Bag Corner|
|Reinforced Centre Section To Become Bag Bottom|
|You Have Now Completed The Body Of The Bag|
Now make a similar tube for the bag. We are going to put the padded bag front facing up and the lining of the same size facing down and sew both long sides together and leave the shorter ends (ie the top of the bag) open at each end. Turn the bag now so that the bag faces and the lining are both outside.
|Red Lining Facing Patchwork|
|Turn Tube Right Way|
|Handles And Binding|
|The Handles Attached|
|Handles Attached And Binding In Place|
Now to top stitch the outside of the bag. I decided to do two rows of zig zag stitch .... and it was at this point that disaster struck!!!! My sewing machine had a nervous breakdown and got itself into such a frenzy that it tied itself in knots....the mess was unbelievable and it was almost impossible to right the damage. So ...
|Strip To Hide Knotted Cottons|
At this point I have added a pretty strip to hide the mess of cotton, which was almost impossible to remove. The lining at the top inside the bag is also a real mess and needs to be salvaged - perhaps with a hand-sewn strip or ribbon of approximately one inch depth - definitely no photos of this until it is rescued!
|Work In Progress|
|Work Still In Progress|
I bet people NEVER post their disasters - and this is a real mess ... so do come back tomorrow and see how it has all been resolved (new top, new handles, new stitching, new lining ... MAYBE NEW BAG?)
It is a truly big tote and measures approximately 15 inches wide and 18 inches deep - it will take masses of books along to my book club!! Yippee!!
Now to go and nurse the very poorly sewing machine and try to find out exactly what went wrong and hope that it can be resolved by tomorrow.