My youngest turns 30 next week and I will turn 60 at the end of the year! Kids and I decided to take a mini beach vacation this weekend to celebrate both milestones 🙂
I needed a larger tote bag for all my beach necessities ♥
I just finished taking a wonky log cabin class at our LQS and decided to use those blocks to make the tote. I used leftover layer cake squares cut into 2.5 inch strips to make the blocks. It was a fun technique to learn, I am a creature of habit so my blocks tend to look the same — but I’m OK with that.
I had 12 blocks finished — not exactly beach colors but what the heck!
- I used 9 blocks for the front and 3 on the back.
- The blocks were 6.5 inches unfinished.
- I added borders around the blocks to make a 20 inch square
- Quilted the front and back using fusible foam – Pellon Brand
- Created the lining (20 x 20 inch square) fused with Shape Flex Interfacing – added pocket 14 x 20 inches –subdivided into 4 sections
- Sewed front pieces to back pieces for both the exterior fabrics and lining, leaving an opening on the lining for turning
- Cut out a 3 inch square for boxing out corners
- fabric for handles 5 x 30 inches – I used fusible fleece in the handles
- fabric for button loop 4 x 10 inches – used shape flex interfacing
- assembled the bag normally and edge stitched around the top
- finished size 19 x 16 – I still need to find a button 🙂
I’ve made several totes in the past, this was the first time I used foam. It was wonderful to work with. The body of the tote is amazing — soft and very sturdy — stands on its own.
Hopefully hurricane Barry doesn’t interfere with the kids flying out of Houston — if not I will post a picture of us next week.
Have a great weekend!