This bag started out as a small practice piece for machine quilting. I haven’t done that much machine quilting on my Pfaff domestic sewing machine so I thought I’d spend time practicing. Even after an hour of practice, I could still use a bit more practice, but this ‘mini quilt’ had all the free space used up – so now what to do with it? Recently, I saw a pattern for a tote bag that had an interesting way of piecing the bottom and boxing the corners, so why not? Use my practice piece! Naturally, I rewrote the directions (which is what I do with most of my patterns anyway), and look what happened? This cute tote bag! It’s not too big, only 9x9x3, but still quite usable. The only thing I don’t care for are the wimpy handles. Just a double fold of fabric, they really need to have some interfacing inside it. The handles and the bottom of tote bags is what will wear out first. So, next time I make this pattern …
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