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Crafty Tote

Do you love the look of a patchwork tote but don’t want to take the time to piece one? Use a preprinted panel instead! This tote is a terrific take-along to a sewing retreat or knitting get-together. Fabrics are from the ColorWorks Concepts Phase II collection by Northcott.

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1.    Referring to Diagram 3, align stabilizer 4-1⁄2×42" strip with wrong side of multicolor triangle print 5×42" strip; note that fusible stabilizer is 1⁄2" narrower than fabric strip. Fuse strips. 

2.    Fold 1⁄2" unfused fabric edge over stabilizer; press.

3.    With wrong side inside, fold fused strip into thirds lengthwise (Diagram 4) with the long raw edge inside.

4.    Using variegated thread, topstitch five parallel lines through all layers (Diagram 4) to make a 1-1⁄2×42" handle strip.

5.    Cut handle strip crosswise into two 1-1⁄2×21" handles.

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