The Craft Cotton Company is releasing a new range of holiday themed Miffy Fabrics, so here’s a tutorial to make your very own Miffy tote bag to take away on holiday with you this summer!
You will need:
- 0.5m Miffy holiday fabric
- Sewing machine
- Iron / fabric presser
First of all, we need to cut out the fabric to the right size, so you’ll need an adult to help with this – we don’t want any accidents. You’ll need:
2 panels for the bag, 18” wide x 20” long
2 strips for the handles, 4” wide x 26” long
Now let’s make the handles – you’ll need an adult to help when using the iron or fabric presser in this step. Fold each fabric strip in half lengthways and iron or use a fabric presser to flatten it down. Next fold each long outer edge into the centre and iron/press, then fold it back in half again and iron/press in place. Now using the sewing machine, topstitch along each edge of the strip to hold it all together.
Now it’s time to make the main bag! Turn over a ½ inch fold along the top edges of the material, then fold this over again and iron/press in place. Don’t stitch this in place yet though!
Your bag is coming together nicely, so now it’s time to join everything up together. Lay out the bag front and back panels, and make a little mark 5½ inches in from each top edge. Tuck the handle under the top fold and pin in place at the little mark, then fold the strap over to the other mark on the same piece of material and pin into place. Stitch along both edges of the fold to secure the strap, making sure to hide the raw edges of the strap within the seam. There, you’ve just made your first strap! Now do the same of the other large panel to make your second strap.
Take the large bag panels and sew the side and bottom seams up, using a French seam. Firstly, pin the panels of the bag together, printed sides facing out and stitch an 1/8 inch seam along the long edge then iron/press. Lastly, fold inside out, pin the sides together then stitch a 3/8 inch seam along the long edge, then iron/press for a sharp fold.
Give the bag a good iron/press and it’s all finished, ready to take on all your summer adventures!
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Made by Angela Harkness for The Craft Cotton Company 2019