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"
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.
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.
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Seminole Sampler Strip of the Month
Month #11 Project
Pocketed Tote Bag
Finished size: About 17 inches square
Outer Fabric: 1 Yard
Lining Fabric: 1/2 Yard
Fleece: 2/3 Yard
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
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.
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