Friday, October 21, 2011

12 Gifts of Christmas: Scraptastic Tote Tutorial

Scraptastic Tote tutorial for 12 Gifts of Christmas blog hop

Can you believe it's only 64 days until Christmas already?  Where the heck has this year gone???  I'm so glad Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts asked me to participate in the 12 Gifts of Christmas blog hop, because that's the perfect kick in the pants I needed to get started on my holiday handmade gift list!


If you're anything like me, you've got boatloads of scraps lying about, waiting for the day that you'll finally use them. Today is that day!!!  Today, I'm sharing a simple, fun scraptastic tote bag tutorial, perfect for any of the ladies on your Christmas list, from little girls to mothers-in-law!  Never made a bag before?  No worries, I'm going to break it down into simple, easy steps for you.  You can do this!!

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Scraptastic Tote Tutorial

You'll need:
1/2 yd neutral linen (54" wide WOF) or 3/4 yd quilting weight fabric (44" WOF)
1/2 yd lining fabric of your choice
1/2 fusible fleece
Various scraps from your scrap bins, trimmed down to a total of 18 - 3" squares

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1. Let's cut some fabric!
From your linen, cut:
* 2 - 4.75" x 14" rectangles
* 2 - 8" x 14" rectangles
* 4 - 3" x 20" strips for straps

From your scraps, cut:
* 18 - 3" squares
* 6 - 2" x 3" rectangles for straps

From your lining, cut:
* 2 - 13.5" x 15.5" rectangles

From your fusible fleece, cut:
* 2 - 14" x 16" rectangles

2. Next, let's make the patchwork strip to go across the front and back.  We're going to make two 9-patch blocks, then slice them up, as you would to make a disappearing 9-patch block, but rather than piecing them back together into a block, we're going to piece them together in a strip.  Start by laying out your 18 squares into two 9-patch blocks in a manner that's pleasing to you.

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3. Take the two far left squares of each row first and seam together, lining up right sides together, using a 1/4" seam.  Press your seams open, then add the remaining square for each row.

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4. Piece your three rows together for each block to finish off each block, matching up your seams as you go.  Press seams open and place on your cutting mat.

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5. Cut your blocks into four equal pieces - at the 4" point both lengthwise and widthwise.  Then lay your newly cut blocks into two strips of four blocks each.

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6. Seam your patchwork strips together, matching raw edges and using a 1/4" seam.  Press your seams open.

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7. Next, take one of your 4.75" by 14" linen pieces and use a 1/4" seam to attach to the top of your first patchwork strip.  Repeat with the second strip of patchwork, and press seams open.  Then, add your 8" x 14" linen piece and seam to the bottom of your first patchwork strip, again using a 1/4" seam.  Repeat with the second patchwork strip and press all seams open.  We will use one of these finished linen and patchwork pieces as a bag front and one as the bag back.

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8. Make sure your iron is plenty hot and lay your fusible fleece with the fusible side up.  Lay your pieced bag front on top of the fleece and press carefully, making sure to fuse the fleece to your patchwork.  Press firmly, as some linen is a little resistant to fusible interfacings.  Alternatively, you can do the opposite and lay your patchwork right side down and then place your fusible fleece on top, and press firmly, it's up to you.  My linen was giving me tough time, so I did the opposite method.

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9. Let's make the bag lining, now that we've got the front and back of the bag taken care of.  Start by placing your lining fabrics right sides together and pin along the two long sides first.  Then, along the bottom of the lining, pin together, leaving a 5" - 6" opening to turn the bag.  I like to double-pin my start and stop points along the bottom of the lining to be sure I don't foul it up and go too far.  Use a 1/2" seam when seaming your lining together.  Make sure to backstitch at the start and stop points on the bottom of the lining so it won't pull apart when we turn the bag a few steps from now.

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10. To make your handles, cut some 3" strips from your remaining linen.  This should easily yield 4 strips that measure approximately 3" x 20", which will allow for some flexibility with your straps.   Next, grab your 2" x 3" scrap strips and seam three of them together for each strap.  Then, add a strip of linen on either side of your patchwork and press your seams open.  At this point, you can trim your straps to the length you'd like.  I laid both of my patchwork straps on my cutting mat, making sure to stagger the patchwork, and trimmed to 29" long.

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Next, it's time to finish the straps.   Fold your strap in half, wrong sides together, and press to set.  Then, open your fold and fold again, folding your raw edges to meet in the center, where you have just pressed a fold.  

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Using a 1/4" seam, finish your straps by adding a line of stitching down both sides of each strap.  Now let's add those straps to your bag.

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11. First, let's baste your straps in place on both the bag front and the bag back.  Fold your bag front in half to find the center and mark with a pin.  Then, measuring 2" from either side of the center, pin your straps in place.  Baste a scant 1/8" seam across each strap.

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12. Lay your bag back right side up on your cutting mat, and line up your bag front on top of it.  Make sure your bag straps are out of the way and pin along both long sides as well as the bottom of the bag.  Do not pin across the top!  Use a 1/2" seam along the sides and bottom, and backstitch at both ends for security.

13. Place the exterior bag (the linen with the patchwork) inside the bag lining, right sides facing.  Pin around the top where the raw edges meet.  Make sure to line up the seams as you pin.  Sew all the way around the top of the bag, using a 1/2" seam allowance.

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14. Next, let's box the corners of the bag.  Pull the lining away from the exterior of the bag.  Take one corner of the bag, and flatten it, pinning and lining up the seam as you go, like so:

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Measure 2" from the tip and draw a line across.  This is your stitch line.  Stitch across this line, backstitching at the end and the beginning, and be sure to trim the excess, leaving at least 1/4" on the opposite side of your stitching.  Repeat for all bag corners (including the lining), for a total of four.

15. Now it's time to turn the bag out - first, reach in through the hole in your bag lining and grab some of the bag exterior.  Pull it through the hole, making sure to push out the boxed corners as you go, turning the entire bag right side out.

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Next, push the lining back inside the bag and press along the top of the bag.  Topstitch along the top of the bag, using a 1/8" seam allowance.

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16. Last, but not least, we'll finish off the hole in the lining.  You can either slipstitch this hole shut, or you can  pin it closed and machine-stitch it closed.  I tend to go with machine-stitching, in part because my hand-sewing stinks but also because I prefer the security of machine stitching.

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Once you've finished the lining, push it back down in the bag, and voila!  A finished bag!  If you make one, I'd love to see it in the Flickr group for creations made and inspired by my tutorials and patterns - Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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Giveaway!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  
Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop by leaving one comment on this post. I will pick one winner via Random.org on Wednesday, October 26th.


Also, please visit Jennifer Ellison Lane Quilts and leave one comment on her tutorial to be entered to win the super awesome GRAND PRIZE of a $250 gift certificate to Fabricworm!


And just for stopping by, you can take advantage of a generous 15% off discount at Fabricworm with the coupon code fw12days through the end of the blog hop on October 25th.



Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don't Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio

446 comments:

  1. I love it! I've actually never made a bag before, and not sure if you can get fusible fleece in Sardinia. Would sone heavy weight interfacing do?

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  2. This looks really cute and funky... and actually do-able with my limited bag making skills! Thanks for the tute Elizabeth!!

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  3. This bag is so fun! I love how you used scraps - I want to go make one right now!

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  4. What a good idea!
    I will make a couple of them.
    For me, my mom, my sisters in law, my aunt... But pssst!

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  5. This is such an adorable tote!! Thanks for such a clear and easy to follow tutorial!

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  6. I love scrappy tutorials!! I have a small fabric stores worth of scraps everywhere so I love ides on how to get rid of them! Thanks for the great tutorial! <3

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  7. This looks like a cute bag that even I could make! LOVE the scrappy bits in the straps.

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  8. I've never made a bag either! Thanks for the tute and giveaway!

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  9. Great idea, I'm always looking to use up my scraps! I have lots of teacher gifts this year, this might be the gift!

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  10. You can never have too many bags and one featuring a few favorite fabrics would be particularly special. Thanks for the tute!

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  11. Love the tote! It would be so useful! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

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  12. This is a great pattern - wish I had time to make one TODAY :-)

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  13. great tutorial and yes I would like to be entered in your give away.
    Karenhttp://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  14. You have managed to combine frugality with beauty, I love it.

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  15. cute bag!! thanks for the tutorial.

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  16. Wow, the bag is great - simple yet beautiful :o) Love the colours against the solid. Thanks for the idea!

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  17. i LOVE this bad. Thanks for taking the time to put the tutorial together :)

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  18. Excellent tutorial....very simple and clear directions to follow and nice pictures. I've made tons of bags, so appreciate when I see one nicely done. Thanks for sharing this with everyone! =)

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  19. Cute bag! I might need to make a few of these to hold other gifts!

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  20. Hi, I love the bag....but then I've got a soft spot for all things bags! Hugs Naomi

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  21. Great tutorial, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing it and this giveaway!

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  22. Fun tote with a fantastic tutorial!!

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  23. Love the simplicity of the bag - great way to use up the scraps and get a gift checked off the list. Thank you!

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  24. Cute bag...I'm thinking this would be fun to fill up with other gifts...:) Nice tutorial!

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  25. i need to make my niece a tote bag from the scraps of FFAII that i have leftover from the quilt i made her last year, and i think this will be perfect! thanks!

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  26. Great tutorial that you've given. Thanks for taking part in the 12 day blog hop!

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  27. Great tutorial! Cute idea...thank you so much!

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  28. Love the tutorial. This is going to make some great gifts. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  29. Wow - this looks like a tote that even I ould make! Thanks for the chance to win :D

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  30. This is such a great tute, Elizabeth!! I love the scrappy section so much!!

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  31. Great tutorial! I absolutely love anything scrappy!!

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  32. Hi! That is really wonderful bag! Thank you for idea and inspiration!
    And thank you for chance to win fabric!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xxx Teje

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  33. Love the way the gray makes those colors pop! And, btw, my scraps are in the same type of containers as yours. Great minds think alike... :)

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  34. What a cute tote! and you have such fabulous scraps!!
    Thanks!!

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  35. So cute!! Another thing to add to my sewing list :)

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  36. I love this bag - thanks for the great tutorial!

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  37. This is great! Gonna make this as a Xmas gift!!!!

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  38. What a wonderful tutorial and great way to use up all those beautiful pesky scraps..thanks for sharing..blessings Judy

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  39. Great idea and a good way to use up the ever growing pile of scraps.

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  40. Great tote - great giveaway - THANKS!

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  41. I would love to win. I will definitely try this fantastic bag!

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  42. This is a great tutorial!Thanks so much!

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  43. so cute! I'm actually spending Thanksgiving week with my boyfriend's family and his mom & sister-in-law have asked me to teach them how to quilt - these bags would be perfect to put their kits in! Thank you!

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  44. I love the patchwork!!! Those fabrics look so great together =D Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!!!

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  45. I love it! It's so pretty!! And it can be filled with gifts for the recipient!! Thanks so much for taking the time to put the tutorial together!

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  46. Cool, another one of your tut's I want to try. Now if only I had more hours in the day.

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  47. Your instructions make this bag look easy to make. SO many patterns make it seem almost impossible to figure out. I like the linen look of the bag too.

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  48. great tutorial Elizabeth! I'll be adding this to my Christmas sewing list!

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  49. very cute tote--especially like the scraps on the straps :)

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  50. Love it! I can't see a couple images though...says they are not available from Flickr. From the images I saw it still looked great and something I need to add to the list!

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  51. I need that kick int the pants! I've been afraid of bags and I am ready to take them on!

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  52. I enjoy making bags. This looks really cute. Some of the pictures didn't work for me, so I am going to come back later to check them out.

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  53. Thank you for a great tutorial. I love the look of linen with the bright pops of color.

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  54. Fun bag. And I like that it could be made and gifted anytime!

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  55. it's really cute. and just the kind of thing i was thinking of making for some people for Xmas.thanks for the tutorial.

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  56. I LOVE it!! Thanks for such a great tutorial and for sharing!:)

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  57. I am building such a huge collection of scraps, it's great to have a project to get them used up. Thanks so much.

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  58. Super tutorial and a great way to use up scraps.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Great tutorial Elizabeth! I love scrap buster projects! I am finally starting to get a scrap stash of my own! Yay!

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  60. I agree, great tutorial and I also love the scrappy look of the tote, very nice!

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  61. Great tutorial - love the ability to use up my scraps! Thank you!! =)

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  62. Cute tote! Thanks for the tutorial - I've never been a bag maker but it's starting to pull me in a little bit and I think I need to start with something simple like a tote :)

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  63. I like this combination between linen and patchwork! So thanks for this tutorial,
    Greetings from Silke

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  64. Cute bag! Fabulous tutorial...thanks so much!

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  65. Thanks so much for the tutorial for this great tote . Thanks also for the chance to win.

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  66. THanks for the tutorial. A great use of scraps for the bag ladies in my family.

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  67. Thank you for a great tutorial! I can't wait to make this:)

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  68. Thanks for the tutorial, Elizabeth. Just this morning, I was thinking about making a tote for a friend's birthday. Having this tut gets me motivated!

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  69. Great tutorial! I love the scrappy straps!

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  70. I've got to make a bag for my step-mom, and this one looks like it would be perfect! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  71. Really love the handles--your attention to detail makes this bag a winner!

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  72. What a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing ;o)

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  73. Wonderful tut.. I learned a lot. Thank you!

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  74. What an adorable bag!! I love the scrappy touch to the handles :)

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  75. I love this!! Hopefully my sewing skills will be good enough to make one! THanks.

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  76. Great tote! It would be a perfect teacher gift. I'd better get busy!

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  77. This bag is so cute. Great way to use up a few of my excess charm squares.

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  78. this is awesome. the heck with a present - i might need to make one of these for *me*! :)

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  79. Beautiful tote bag, thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  80. Better than the Jane Market bag! :)

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  81. Great tutorial and I love the extra interest of the bit of piecing in the handles. Very clever.

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  82. I love a project that will help me use up some of my scraps. And it's super cute!

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  83. Adorable bag - totes are such great gifts. They are wrapping paper and gift all in one!

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  84. Adorable bag - totes are such great gifts. They are wrapping paper and gift all in one!

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  85. Beautiful tote! I love that you incorporated scraps into the pattern! :)

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  86. Great use for the mish-mash of scraps we all seem to accumulate!

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  87. Great tote pattern. Thanks. I like that you used linen. It's still hard to find in the stores.

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  88. Thanks for the tutorial. I love this bag and really like how you used the scraps as an accent on the handles.
    Margaret

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  89. Wonderful tote! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  90. What a great-looking bag, E! So cute and I'm sure I could manage it. I need to look into fusible fleece, I've never used it before.

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  91. Wow, what a beautiful bag. I'm make a few for presents for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  92. The scraps sure pump up the cuteness factor on the bag - very nice!

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  93. lovely. Just the thing to kep handy as a shopping bag, too

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  94. Thanks for the tutorial for a cute bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  95. I love this bag! I always wanted to make a nice bag instead of using these ugly plastic totes. I will give it a try :)
    Susanne

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  96. What a great bag! Great size too...can't wait to make this. Thanks!

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  97. i love the stitching down the straps - such a nice touch!

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  98. You do a great job explaining things. This is a cute bag and a great tutorial!

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  99. I love this tutorial! I will be making a tote bag for a co worker who is retiring and this is the one. I will share a picture of mine when it is complete. Thanks so much.

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  100. thanks for the tut Elizabeth. You can never go wrong with a tote filled with goodies as a great gift.

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  101. Great bag, I'm going to have it to my list.

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  102. I use totes to organize my projects-in-waiting so I can never have enough bags. This one will also help to reduce my scrap bin so it gets a double Yea!

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  103. It's fun to pick out fabric I recognize in the scraps you chose for this bag!

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  104. Great tutorial and tote! Need to give this a try!

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  105. Great bag! Now, if I can just find the time to get some sewing done!

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  106. Ugh- I love this tote! Thanks so much for the tutorial and giveaway!

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  107. Excellent instructions! Thank you!

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  108. A wonderful bag. Thank you for showing. I love sewing with scraps
    ~Heike

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  109. Wonderful bag, Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!!

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  110. I'm a little afraid of linen :-)

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  111. Very cute tote! I'm always surprised at how much I like a strip of DNP blocks - I don't know why. And great tutorial!

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  112. I haven't tried a bag for a long time. The last one I made was for my daughter's friend because we didn't have time to go shopping (she still uses it 5 years later). Thanks for the chance to win!

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  113. Fabulous Bag ^__^
    I'll try the tutorial soon

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  114. I love it! I'd never thought of doing strips of DNP before. christina112358 at gmail dot com.

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  115. I love this!

    The colors and size are totally perfect! I would never have thought of using a patchwork insert, but it's fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing and for the fun giveaway!

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  116. Lovely. It looks so fresh and a great way to use up scraps!

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  117. This would make a great gift, thanks for the tute!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  118. Tres chic! And a great way to show off those special little bits of treasured fabric!

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  119. Another idea to use up some scraps from the basket! Thank you so much. I will make a couple of these bags (one for me) for gifts.

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  120. I love your bag and the colour splash is fantastic - sure to make heads turn. Thanks for the great tutorial and sharing.

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  121. Amazing bag. I need to make one!
    oshnpashn at gmail dot com

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  122. Great tutorial and very nice bag! Thank You.

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  123. Great tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  124. great instructions, very clear and easy to follow. Love the dark grey linen you used in your bag. I have some japanese charm squares that I will have to make a bag from now.

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  125. Thanks so much for the tut! Can't wait to make this tote!

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  126. Great bag bag and tutorial. An even greater name to the bag!!!
    Fantastico

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  127. I love the pieced handle. Thank you so much for putting this tutorial together.

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  128. Very clever and easy way to make those scrappy blocks! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  129. Such a great bag Elizabeth! I can't wait to make one. I also really want to win the gift certificate! I am ready to buy some fabric :)

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  130. Such a cute bag! (I love those butterfly pins!)

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  131. Thanks Elizabeth! I love the scrappy look. :)

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  132. What a cute tote you showed us! Loved that you added that bit of patchwork to the handles, too. A real touch of pizzazz.

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  133. Wonderful! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks.

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  134. Yay! Another scrap project! thank you!

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  135. Thank you! :) I love this tote and can think of so many uses for it.

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  136. That is a GREAT bag and a GREAT tutorial!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  137. Great looking bag and tutorial! Another great way to use up scraps!

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  138. Great tote tute! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  139. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  140. Fun gift idea--thanks for the tutorial!

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  141. Great way to use scraps and love the tote,great!!

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  142. You know I have tons of scraps! And I love the colors you used. Thanks for the giveaway and tute!

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  143. Hm, don't have a very big stash just yet but it's getting there slowly. I definitely like the tutorial, very easy to follow and understand. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! :)

    I'm following you because I noticed a few other tutorials that I like as well, thanks!

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  144. What a great scrap tote bag! Also thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

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  145. Cute bag! thanks for a great tutorial...

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  146. I am going to give this a go, I have been using another tote bag tutorial, but get the lining inside out each time, so I was looking for another tutorial to see if it would work better for me. Fingers crossed.

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  147. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  148. You make it look pretty easy, thanks.

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  149. I really LOVE the linen you chose... looks like it's another trip to the fabric shop for me. :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  150. What a great tute! I love the hit of colour scraps in the handles especially! Thanks for putting that together for us.

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  151. I've been loving linen lately too -keeps popping up everywhere! Thanks for the tutorial, and the chance to win some new fabric!

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  152. Ooh, love this, pinned it! Hmm, this particular blog hop is lengthening my ridiculously long winter stitching list by the day!

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  153. Super cute little tote! I reaaaally need to get my hands on some cute greyish linen. :)

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  154. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  155. This is a great tutorial. I've never seen the fusible fleece so learned something new. Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  156. Your color combination is so pretty! I really like the proportions of the bag, too. :)

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  157. I love how you used some scraps in your tote. My totes are usually made with Ikea canvas which is busy enough, but if I can get my hands on some linen....!
    I make totes as gifts to have ready in case I need something to give, but then I end up using them myself! lol

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  158. What a great idea, to use scraps like this! Thank you for this tutorial.

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  159. Another great way to use my scraps and get a great bag too!

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  160. You've shown that grey goes with everything. Thanks for the tutorial. Kathie L in Allentown

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  161. ooh, i love this=thanks for the tutorial=i think i can actually pull this off!
    cheers

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  162. I just left a comment that disappeared into cyberspace!

    Thanks for the tutorial is what I tried to say.

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  163. Wow that is one great bag, and a really clear tutorial, thanks for sharing. Thanks for the chance to win too!

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  164. Great bag, simple but so useful! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  165. What a cute tote. Thanks for the tutorial. So many good ideas now to just get going.

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  166. oh yes, ill be needing a few of these by Christmas for gifts!

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  167. That's a great scrap buster! I have some that I think would be perfect for this one!

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  168. Super cute, I never say no to a great bag!

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  169. OK, now my wife will be begging me to make this bag!

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  170. Another lovely project. My hands are itching to start!

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  171. Thank you for the great tute, this looks like a fun way to use up some of my many scraps!

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  172. Your pictures on this tute are great and that is a very handsome tote!

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  173. What a great tutorial for a fabulous bag! Love the patchwork handles!

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  174. Love the bag! I'm definitely going to make some of these for Christmas gifts. I have tons of scraps. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  175. Love this tote. It's the perfect gift for my sister. Thanks for sharing.

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