Spice Girls Tote Bag Construction

I have the basics put together: the outside of the bag pieced, the batting basted on and major lines stitched in the ditch.

I don’t have a pattern, but I have made enough tote bags to know that I need to make a large rectangle that will become the front, back and bottom of the bag.

Once I decide on a width (this one is 18″ wide), I multiply the width times 1.6 to determine the minimum length (I chose 29″ for this bag). From there I worked to use my focus fabrics to their best possible advantage in piecing.

“Don’t be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” -Dale Carnegie

Before I go any further I’m going to need to go shopping for the lining. The tote is rather large (18″ wide), so I have decided I need a heavy weight cotton for the lining to add strength and stability.

I’m not sure how I will proceed with the machine quilting, but I DO know that I am going to allow myself to have fun with it (as a Recovering Perfectionist, that’s not always easy for me to do).

“No great deed, private or public, has ever been undertaken in a bliss of certainty.” –Leon Wieseltier

Okay, enough sewing for today, I’m off to bell and voice choir practice. Enjoy!


~ by Kimberly Mason on September 24, 2008.

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