News Flash!!! did you know that Target now carries fabric? I love Target, and now 100 times more! I was totally shocked and thrilled last month to be contacted by Fabric Editions, the supplier of pre-cut fabrics to Target. The Target line is called Fabric Loft and it is gorgeous! See Fabric Loft here and find out if your nearest Target carries it (if not, you can request it).
Fabric Editions sent me these beautiful canvas fabric pieces to play with...
And these six 1-yard pre-cuts to giveaway!
When I got these gorgeous canvas fabric prints that look so awesome together, I knew I had to make a bag that showed off two prints at the same time. This is a big sturdy tote bag that's perfect for taking to the beach, yoga class, or just to the grocery store. There are pockets on the inside and lots of room too.
Plus did you notice? The exterior side looks just like a flying geese quilt block. So get ready to sew some squares and triangles!
You will need
- two coordinating 1-yard pieces of cotton canvas (like these from Fabric Loft at Target)
- 3/4 yd of 809 Decor Bond interfacing from Pellon
- coordinating thread
- fabric marking pen
From your main fabric cut
- 2 squares 20''
- 2 straps 6 1/2'' x 40''
From your accent fabric cut
- 2 squares 20 7/8''
- 2 pocket pieces 12 1/2'' x 20''
Cut the 20 7/8'' accent fabric squares in half diagonally.
Cut two 20'' squares of Decor Bond interfacing. Cut these squares in half diagonally too.
Fuse interfacing to two of your accent triangles. The interfacing is 1/4'' smaller than the accent triangles on all sides.
Fold both main fabric squares in half diagonally, press.
Fuse one interfacing triangle to each square, with the long edge along the fold.
*Note: The accent triangles with interfacing are your exterior triangles. The sides of the squares that have interfacing will also be the exterior. The pieces and sides without interfacing will make the interior.
Press and sew the strap:
Press the strap pieces in half lengthwise. Open and fold the raw edges to the inside and press. Re-fold and press to make a 1 1/2'' strap.
Topstitch strap pieces close to both long edges.
Fold one of the main fabric squares in half along the crease. Place the interfaced side (the exterior) facing up. With the fold at the top, measure from one top corner towards the lower corner and make a mark at 12 1/2''. Repeat on the other side.
Open the square of fabric and pin both sides of the strap to the interfaced side. The straps should be placed perpendicular (at right angles) to the crease with the ends of the straps on the outside of your markings. Pin from the crease down to the cut edge.
Sew the straps to the exterior stitching on top of the previous topstitching. Sew only from the crease down to the cut edge.
Trim away the triangle that hangs off the edge.
Sew the pockets:
Fold the pocket pieces in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Stitch along the long edge with a 1/4'' seam allowance. This will make a 6'' x 20'' tube.
Turn right side out. Press flat.
Topstitch along top (seam) edge. Repeat for both pocket pieces.
Working on the interior side of each square (the side without interfacing), pin the pocket piece on the right side square with the top of the pocket piece 10'' from the bottom corner and parallel to the crease, as shown.
Stitch across the bottom edge of the pocket piece.
Flip the square over and trim away the triangles that hang off the edge.
On the right side, baste the sides of the pocket to the main square within the 1/4'' seam allowance.
Use the fabric pen to mark sewing lines dividing the pockets as desired. Stitch along the lines.
Assemble the bag:
1/4'' seam allowance allowed except where noted.
To make the bag, first you will stitch two triangles to each square to make two large triangles.
Pin and stitch one non-interfaced triangle to the pocket (non-interfaced) side of one square, right sides facing, as shown. Line up the long edges and let the pointy corner extend past the square a bit.
Open and press the seam toward the accent triangle.
Repeat on the other side: pin and stitch the other non-interfaced triangle to the other non-interfaced side of the same square.
Now pin and sew the interfaced triangles to the exterior (the interfaced) side of the other square in the same way as before.
Now get ready to sew your two large triangles together to make a parallelogram. You will still sew non interfaced edges together and interfaced edges together.
Place the two triangles together right sides facing, as shown. Match the center seam and pin outward. Small triangles of accent fabric will hang off either edge. Stitch.
This is the trickiest part, but you're almost done! Pin the side edges of the parallelogram together to make a tube. Remember to sew the non-interfaced accent triangle to the non-interfaced edge of the square. Sew the interfaced triangle to the interfaced edge of the remaining square. Stitch. It's awkward, but it turns out fine.
Once you have a large tube, arrange it with the squares on the front and back. Pin all the way across the bottom of the exterior (interfaced) edge. Stitch with a 1/2'' seam allowance.
Stitch a second time, within the seam allowance to reinforce the bottom of the bag. Trim away the little dog ear triangles, if desired.
On the other side of the bag (which will be the interior/lining) measure 8-10'' from each corner and make a mark. Stitch with a 1/2'' seam allowance, leaving the bag unstitched between the markings. This leaves a nice big opening so you can turn the bag right side out without wrinkling it up too much.
Box the corners:
Flatten the bottom of the bag and align the seam in the middle. Measure a 4'' line across one corner and mark. Stitch along the line.
Trim away the corner with a 1/4'' seam allowance.
Repeat until all 4 corners are boxed.
Press the edges of the opening to the inside. Hand or machine stitch the opening closed.
Stuff the lining into the bag, with the straps on the outside. Press the top edge all the way around. Pin around the top too.
Stitch around the top of the bag 1/4'' from the edge. This will keep the lining on the inside. Done!
And now for the fabric giveaway... Fabric Editions wants me to giveaway the 4 yards of premium cotton and 2 yards of canvas pictured above. Will you have it? Simply check to see if your nearest Target carries Fabric Loft fabrics here. If your nearest Target doesn't have fabric, request it by clicking on 'think there should be more?' at the bottom of the page. Then leave a comment below telling us that you did. One random winner will be chosen from the comments below on Monday night, April 21st. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.
***Update*** This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering... and congrats to the winner: Kathy N!