Stitch two fat quarter pieces into a quartet of mini totes. These wee gift bags made of prints from the Confections collection by Caleb Gray for Robert Kaufman Fabrics have grosgrain ribbon handles.

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Materials for Four Bags

Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

This project results in two sets of two contrasting bags each (for example, two light bags with dark bottoms and two dark bags with light bottoms)

1-18x22" piece (fat quarter) each of light and dark novelty prints (bags, linings)
8-6"-long pieces 3/8"-wide grosgrain ribbon: pink, orange

(If you select a lightweight ribbon, purchase twice the amount needed and fuse or stitch two pieces together to achieve the necessary stability.)

Finished bag: 4x4x2"

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

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. See Cutting Diagram, right, to get the most pieces from each fat quarter. To save time, layer two fat quarters and rotary-cut through both layers.

From each light and dark novelty print, refer to Cutting Diagram and cut:
4-5-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
4-3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
4-2-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles

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Assemble Bags

1. For one light bag you will need two dark print 5-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles, two dark print 2-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles, and two light print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles.

2. Referring to Diagram 1, join one light print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle and one dark print 2-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle along one pair of long edges to make bag piece.

3. Referring to Diagram 2, pin ends of one 6"-long ribbon piece to right side of bag piece, 2" from side edges. (If you are using a printed ribbon, place right side of ribbon toward right side of bag piece.)

4. Referring to Diagram 3, layer a dark print 5-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle (lining) and bag piece, right sides together. Sew together along one pair of long edges to make a bag unit.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 to make a second bag unit.

6. With right sides together, layer bag units; pin. Join units around all edges, leaving a 3" opening along lining edge for turning (Diagram 4). Press seams open.

7. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 5). Measuring 1" from point of triangle, draw a 2"-long line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat with remaining bottom corner of bag and both corners of lining.

8. Turn bag right side out through opening and finger-press seams. Slip-stitch lining opening closed. Insert lining into bag to complete a light bag. Press along top edge.

9. Repeat steps 1-8 to make a second light bag and two dark bags, reversing fabric placement for dark bags.

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