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Color Block Totes

Start with an ombré fabric to make this quick-and-easy tote bag. Fabrics are from the Color Me Happy collection by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.


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Designer: Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.

See a video of this project here.



•    1⁄2 yard emerald green ombré stripe (stripe runs parallel to the selvages) (bag body, handles)

•    1⁄2 yard green print (bag lining)

•    1 yard heavyweight fusible interfacing


Finished bag: 14-1⁄2×15×3"


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 44"of usable fabric width. 

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated. 


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. 

    Designer Vanessa Christenson used an ombré stripe with color gradations from light to dark. Each stripe is 5-1⁄2" wide. There are four shades of color on each 22" half of a 44"-wide piece of fabric. Refer to Cutting Diagram before cutting pieces for best use of fabric.


From emerald green ombré stripe, cut:

•    2—5-1⁄2×17-1⁄2" strips for handles from lightest green stripe

•    2—16-1⁄2×17-1⁄2" rectangles

From green print, cut:

•    1—17-1⁄2×32-1⁄2" rectangle

From fusible interfacing, cut:

•    1—17-1⁄2×32-1⁄2" rectangle