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Pleated Tote Bag


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This Lilly*Blossom sewing guide will show you how to make a stylish, practical, pleated tote bag. The perfect size for shopping, travelling or sunny days on the beach. The bag is fully lined, with long shoulder handles and it has a gusseted base. The pattern has measurements in both inches and centimetres. The design uses two coordinating fabrics one for the outside and handles and one for the pleated panels and lining. It's a great way to mix and match your favourite fabrics. I have used a good weight cotton furnishing fabric, the type you may use for curtains. You could also use denim, corduroy and other medium weight fabrics or linen for a softer look. You won't need to neaten any seams as they are all enclosed in the lining for a professional finish. The whole bag is stitched with straight machine stitching and there are no difficult zips to fit. I have classed this project as 'beginner' to 'improver'. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You will need to cut out simple rectangular templates from paper or card You need to be able to stitch straight machine seams SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS t measures approximately 15" (38cms) wide x 16" (40cms) high x 4" (10cm) deep at the base, excluding the handles..

Supplies Needed

  • Outer bag and handles -3/4 yard of 44" wide fabric (75cms of 112wide)
  • Lining and centre panels - 1 yard of 44" wide fabric (90cms of 112wide)
  • A small piece of iron-on interfacing (stiffener) approximately 4" deep x 16" wide (10 x 40cms)

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My name is Helen Newton and I am based in Cheshire in the UK. Fabric is my passion and I love to create beautiful yet practical items from designer and vintage fabrics. Lilly*Blossom was formed in 2007 to share my enthusiasm for creating wonderful handmade possessions to be proud of. The Lilly*Blossom collection of sewing and craft guides have been created with beginners in mind. Each one has easy to folllow step-by-step instructions in straight forward language, illustrated with lots of close up photographs. My aim is to inspire you to create something beautiful and original. No advanced sewing experience is necessary to complete any these projects, just some basic sewing equipment, your favourite fabric and a keenness to have a go! See how easy it is to make a wonderful handmade gift for someone special.