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Project: Cinch It Tote Bag


inspired by Its a Cinch from designer Laura Jaquinto
Project Tester: Judy Sams Sohn

Pull-up straps and a roomy interior make for an easy-to-piece tote bag. Fabrics
are Petalicious prints by Nancy Thias for Marcus Fabrics (marcusfabrics.com).

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Project: Cinch It Tote Bag


Materials
3 8 yard teal-and-orange floral








(bag)
1
4 yard orange-and-teal plaid
(bag)
1
4 yard each of orange polka dot
and orange print (bag)
1
4 yard orange-and-yellow floral
(bag)
3
8 yard muslin (bag casing)
1
4 yard orange-and-brown floral
(handles, binding)
1 yard orange floral (bag lining,
pocket)
2 yards 7 8"-wide grosgrain
ribbon: brown (handles)
41"-diameter grommets
22411 2" thin batting

Finished bag: 171 218 344"


Quantities are for 44/45"-wide,
100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1 4" seam
allowances. Sew with right sides
together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Assemble Bag Body

1. Referring to Diagram 1 for

placement, sew together one


teal-and-orange floral 921"
strip, two orange-and-teal plaid
321" strips, one orange polka
dot 321 strip, one orange print
321" strip, and two orangeand-yellow floral 221" strips to
make a pieced unit. Press seams
in one direction. The pieced unit
should be 2221" including
seam allowances. Repeat to
make a second pieced unit.

placement, use a pencil to mark


parallel lines across both muslin
61 2221 2" rectangles 4" and
51 2" from top edges.
7. Layer a marked muslin rectangle

on wrong side of one short edge


of quilted rectangle (Diagram5).
Sew on marked lines. Repeat
with second marked muslin
rectangle and opposite short
edge of quilted rectangle.
8. With wrong side inside, fold

2. Layer pieced units with right

sides together and edges


aligned. Sew together along
bottom edge to make pieced
rectangle (Diagram2). Using
tip of iron, carefully press seam
open.
3. Center pieced rectangle on top

of batting 22411 2" rectangle;


baste or spray the wrong side
of each piece to be layered with
quilt basting spray.

Cut pieces in the following order.


4. Quilt as desired. The featured

From teal-and-orange floral, cut:


2921" strips
From orange-and-teal plaid, cut:
4321" strips
From each orange polka dot and
orange print, cut:
2321" strips
From orange-and-yellow
floral, cut:
4221" strips
From muslin, cut:
261 2221 2" rectangles
From orange-and-brown
floral, cut:
2242" binding strips
2232" strips
From orange floral, cut:
122411 2" rectangle
281 291 2" rectangles
From brown ribbon, cut:
232"-long pieces

6. Referring to Diagram 4 for

bag is stitched in the ditch along


all vertical seams.

one orange-and-brown floral


232" strip in half (Diagram6).
Lightly press, then unfold. Fold
long edges to meet at center;
press again. Place one 32"-long
brown ribbon over raw edges of
orange-and-brown floral strip;
topstitch both long edges of
ribbon to make a handle. Repeat
to make a second handle.
9. Referring to Diagram7, start

at one side to thread handle


through casing and in and out
of grommets. Pin each end
of handle to edge of quilted
rectangle and baste. Repeat
with second handle.

5. Referring to Diagram3 for


10. Fold quilted rectangle in half
placement and following
crosswise with right sides
manufacturers instructions,
together; pin (Diagram8). Sew
add a 1"-diameter grommet
side edges together.
41 2" from top edge and 71 2"
from left-hand edge of quilted
11. To shape flat bottom for bag,
rectangle. Add a second
at one corner match bottom
grommet 41 2 from top edge
and 71 2 from right-hand edge of
seam line to side seam line,
quilted rectangle. Add remaining
creating a flattened triangle
grommets 41 2 from bottom
(Diagram9). Measure and mark
edge and 71 2 from left- and
on seam allowance 2" from point
right-hand edges.
of triangle. Draw a 4"-long line
across triangle; sew on drawn
line. Trim excess fabric, leaving
1
4" seam allowance. Repeat at
remaining corner to make bag
body. Turn bag body right side
out; press.

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Assemble Bag Lining

1. Sew together orange floral

81 291 2" rectangles, leaving a


3" opening along one edge for
turning (Diagram10).
2. Turn right side out through

opening. Press and slip-stitch


opening closed to make a
pocket.

3. Pin binding strip to right side of

basted edges of bag beginning


at one side seam. Start sewing
the binding in place 2" from the
folded end. Using a 1 4" seam,
machine-stitch to top of bag.
When you return to starting
point, encase binding strips
raw edge inside folded end and
finish sewing to the starting
point.

3. Center pocket on right side

of orange floral 22411 2"


rectangle 4" from a short edge.
Topstitch side and bottom
edges of pocket to rectangle
(Diagram11).

4. Turn the binding over the edge

to the inside of bag. Machinestitch binding to the bag lining


fabric.

4. Fold orange floral rectangle in

half crosswise; sew side edges


together to make bag lining.
5. To shape flat bottom for lining,

refer to Assemble Bag Body,


Step 11. Do not turn lining right
side out.

Finish Bag

1. Matching side seams, insert

bag lining into bag body with


wrong sides together. With 1 8"
seam allowance, baste bag lining
to bag body along top edges
(Diagram12).
2. Join short ends of orange-and-

brown floral 242" binding


strips. Press seam open. Trim to
246". With wrong side inside,
fold under 1" at one end of strip
and press. Fold strip in half
lengthwise to make binding strip;
press.

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