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Seminole Sampler Month 11 posted: 1/11/2004
by Barbara Siedlecki Printable Page
Category: Pieced Level: Easy Series: Seminole Sampler
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General Directions for the Seminole Sampler
Don't miss this month's Additional Project at the bottom of the page!
Strip #9
In this lesson you will learn to add a solid strip between two pieced strips. This will complete a pattern. Remember that with the narrower strips, you may want to sew 1/4" from the previous seam rather than from the edge.
Seminole Strips # of Strips Width to Cut Strips
Light 3 1-1/2"
Light 1 2-1/2"
Dark 3 1"
Dark 1 1"
Bridging Strips # of Strips Width to Cut Strips
Dark 2 1" X 24-1/2"

Sew into two sets as shown below. Press the seams of Set 1 in one direction and cut each into 1" segments. Press the seams of Set 2 toward the 2-1/2" section.

Sew into pairs. Sew two pairs into the unit of four as shown below. Assemble the strip by sewing the units of four together following the drawings below. Offset the sets of four by about 1/2". This should give you the 1" offset between the designs.

Cut a piece of masking or correction tape about 3 inches long. Mark several half inch marks. Tape on bed of machine in front of the needle to use to measure the offset on this strip.

Even ends as described in lesson two. You may want to space your cut so that you do not break up any of the pattern.

Bridging Strips:

Measure and mark 1/2" above the medium fabric design and add your bridging strips. If you have not previously done so, cut off the ragged edges.

1998-2003 Barbara M. Siedlecki
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Seminole Sampler Strip of the Month
Month #11 Project

Pocketed Tote Bag

Finished size: About 17 inches square

Fabric Requirements:

Outer Fabric:  1 Yard

Lining Fabric:  1/2 Yard

Fleece:  2/3 Yard

Cutting Instructions:

Outer fabric:
Cut one strip of outer fabric from selvedge to selvedge 4 inches wide for the handle.

Cut a rectangle 18" x 36" for the outside of the tote bag.

Cut a rectangle 18 x 36 for the tote bag lining.


Cut one piece the same as the lining.

Cut 1 strip of fleece the same length as the outer handle but cut it 1-1/2 inches wide.

Use leftover strips of Seminole patchwork to make the pockets. Sew strips to the sides, top, or bottom or all sides to make squares of fabric about 4" to 6" square or whatever size and shape pocket you want. You can also place the strip so that the Seminole strip is near the top for a classic look. Be sure to leave 1/4" on all sides for a seam. The pocket sizes and number shown are ideas only. The pockets can be any size, shape or number that you want.

Use the leftover outer and lining fabric to cut backing pieces the same size as the pocket pieces.

Place a Seminole pocket piece and backing piece right sides together. Sew around the edges with a 1/4 seam leaving an opening for turning. Turn and press. Slipstitch the opening closed.

Assembly: All seams are 1/4 unless otherwise noted.

Layer your fleece and outer fabric wrong sides together and baste. Treat these as one piece. Mark across the center at 18 inches. This will mark the bottom folded edge of the tote bag.

If you want the background quilted, then quilt the outer fabric and the linings now, before you add the pockets.

Place the Seminole pockets on the outer bag section. Arrange them as shown or use your own design. Make sure the opening of your pockets faces up, toward the handle. Baste in place. Pockets can be placed on one side only or on both sides of the tote. Velcro or snaps can be used on the pockets and the tote if you want the pockets closed. You will need to do this before you sew the pockets to the tote.

You can use water-soluble glue for basting the pockets onto the tote. Place a dot of glue at each corner of the pocket and place the pocket where desired on the tote. This will hold it in place while stitching.

Sew around 3 sides of the pockets backstitching at the tops of the pockets for strength.

Fold in 1/4 inch along one long side of the handle and press. Center the fleece on the wrong side of the handle piece. Fold the raw edge of the handle slightly past the center of the fleece. Fold the pressed edge of the handle to the center of the fleece. Be sure it is centered and covering the raw edge of the handle piece. Pin in place.

Stitch close to the fold with a straight, zigzag or decorative stitch. Topstitch 1/4" from the handle edges. Cut the handle into two equal lengths.

Mark the center top of the tote bag. Place the right side of one handle to the right side of the tote, matching the raw edges and having the inside edges of the handle about 2" on either side of the center. Sew 1/4" from the top of the tote. Reinforce if desired. Be careful not to twist the handles.

Fold the tote in half, the right sides together. Sew the side edges of the tote with a 3/8" seam.

Sew the sides of the lining with a 3/8" seam and right sides together. Leave an opening of about 8 inches along one side for turning.

Place the lining inside the tote, right sides together, raw edges meeting at the top. Sew around the top edge, 3/8 from the top. Be sure that the handles are facing the bottom of the bag and are sandwiched between the bag and the lining.

Turn the tote right side out through the opening in the side of the lining. Topstitch 1/4" from the top. Make sure the handles are facing away from the bag. Sew the lining closed.

You can make the handles longer if you want to carry it over your shoulder. You will need an additional 4" strip of fabric and an additional 1-1/2" strip of fleece. Make 2 handles but do not cut in half. Sew one long handle to each side of the tote.

You can use this pocket technique to decorate other items too. Put a few on a sweatshirt top and/or pants.

1998-2003 Barbara M. Siedlecki
All Rights Reserved

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