Today we are making a ragged tote bag that is the perfect size for little girls. It’s easy to make and fun to use. I often give them for gifts filled with little toys or coloring books.
#7. Repeat the process for the 2 squares that you would like to attach underneath the pair you just made. Once you are done place your two pairs of squares together with the white in the middle (your prints facing outward) and sew them together.
#8. Unfold and see the cute little 4 patch you just created! Now repeat this process 13 more times. (So that you have a total of 14 little 4 patches!)
#10. Sew the 4 squares together in the same manner you’ve been sewing thus far. (With the white fabric in the middle and the printed sides out). Once you are finished repeat this process for the back side of your bag.
#11. Now we just need to sew up the two side pieces and the bottom piece for the bag. Both the sides and the bottom are made up of 2 four patch squares sewn together. The only difference between the sides and the bottom is just making sure any directional prints are going the right way on the pieces you choose for the sides. So put together 2 side panels and one bottom panel.
#12. We have all of our pieces ready so now it’s time to construct our bag. Put your front panel and your side panel WHITE sides together and sew it up!
#16. We need to make the strap/handle now. Sew together 10 fabric and felt sandwiches (exactly how we did in steps 4 and 5 only now we are sewing 10 together in a long strip instead of just 2).
#19. The only thing we have left to do is clip our seams. Snip along all seam lines about every 1/4 inch like shown in the photo below. Clip to the stitching but NOT through the stitching!!
#20. When I finish my bags I always throw them in the washing machine on the rinse cycle and then into the dryer. This will fluff up all those clipped and snipped seams and make them soft and cute. This last step isn’t necessary but I always do it.
There are other ways that these bags can be assembled. However, I’ve made over 500 of these little guys and this is the way that I’ve found to have them best hold their shape and be the easiest to sew.
*1 little girls tote bag
(And 1 big disagreement if you happen to have more than 1 little girl!)
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