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Lazy Days Tote

Triangle-squares and four-patches team up to make up this fun tote.

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Designer: Cindy Taylor Oates
Photographer: Greg Schneidemann

When choosing fabrics for the miniature patchwork pieces that make up designer Cindy Taylor Oates' bag, select mostly small-scale prints. For more style, consider using a specialty fabric, such as silk douppioni, for the solid band or for the entire bag. If you want a more secure bag, think about adding a closure, such as ribbon ties, a button and loop, or magnetic snaps.

18x22-inch piece (fat quarter) pink print (triangle-squares, band, bag base)
1/2 yard dark pink print (triangle-squares, lining)
1/4 yard light green print (four-patch units)
1/4 yard green print (four-patch units, bag handle)
1/8 yard green polka dot (four-patch units)
1/3 yard muslin (backing)
16x26-inch thin batting

Finished Bag: 9x9x3 inches

Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.