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Patchwork Strips Tote Bag

Make an easy tote even easier by choosing a great focal print and using precut 2-1/2"-wide fabric strips for the remainder of the bag. Use rickrack, eyelets, and a button for a polished patchwork tote.

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Finish Bag

1. Referring to Diagram 15 for placement, make a 1-3/4" pleat, through both layers, at side edge of bag front; pin. Following manufacturer’s instructions, add a 7/16" eyelet in center of pleat, about 1-1/2" from top of bag. Repeat, adding remaining three eyelets to opposite side of bag front and to both side edges of bag back.

2. With wrong side inside, fold and lightly press under short edges of an orange stripe 2-1/2x22" strip; press strip in half lengthwise (Diagram 16). Open strip and fold long edges in to meet at center; press again. Refold strip at center, matching folded edges. Topstitch all edges to make a tie. Repeat to make a second tie.

3. Thread one tie through both eyelets at one side edge of bag (see photo); tie in a bow. Repeat with second tie.

4. Sew blue 7/8"-diameter button to bag front 1" from top edge to complete bag.