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Trim It Tote

Pick a great base fabric, such as this black-and-white print designed by M’Liss Rae Hawley for Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Stores. Have fun with ribbons and other trims to make your bag unique. M’Liss combined velvet, silk, chenille, and grosgrain ribbon, selected from May Arts Ribbons, with appliquéd leaves and knotted sheer silk for textural appeal.

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Designer and project maker: M’Liss Rae Hawley

1/2 yard black-and-white print (bag foundation, handle tabs)
5/8 yard complementary print (lining, handle)
12 to 20—27"-long pieces of ribbon and trim (1/2" to 1-1/2" wide)
27x14-1/2" piece of heavyweight fusible interfacing, such as Décor bond
4-1/2x7" piece of heavy interfacing, such as Timtex (bag bottom)
4-1/2x7" piece fusible web
Water-soluble marker
12"-long zipper
2—1-1/4" D-rings

Finished bag: 12x10x4-1/2"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

For more great bag projects, check out 101 Fabulous Fat-Quarter Bags with M'Liss Rae Hawley available from C&T Publishing.