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Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques


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These adorable mini tote bags with appliqus are fun and easy to make! There are eight designs - a monkey, sheep, bear, giraffe, zebra, beetle, bumble bee and ladybug. Handles are made from 1" ribbon. All the critters have the same body/muzzle appliqu shape. Button antennae/horns plus fabric yo-yos are stitched onto the bags to create different critters. The appliqu designs can be reduced or enlarged to any size. Besides the tote bags, you can appliqu the designs on t-shirts, onesies, quilt blocks, bibs, etc. Instructions are given to sew a machine straight stitch around the appliqu designs. Another option would be to sew a machine satin stitch around the edges. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can embroider the blanket stitch by hand around the edges of the appliqu pieces. A diagram is included in the instructions to hand embroider French knots for eye dots. Instructions to make yo-yos are also included. THIS SEVEN PAGE PDF E-PATTERN INCLUDES: full size patterns for tote bag and appliqus, materials list, detailed instructions written in English and clear step-by-step photographs. Copyrights protect these designs from being reproduced in any media format to be resold. Permission is given for the patterns to be used to make and sell the finished designs in limited quantities. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Use a sewing machine SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS . The finished tote bags are 6" tall x 7" wide.

Recommended with this pattern

  • Heavyweight fabric for tote bag - two 7 1/2" squares (duck cloth or canvas works great)
  • Light to medium weight cotton print or solid fabrics for appliqus - for each critter, you will need one 4" x 6" rectangle for body and one 3" x 3 1/2" rectangle for muzzle, plus scrap pieces of fabric for yo-yos
  • Double sided iron-on fusible web for fabric - one 4" x 9" rectangle for each appliqu

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