Yesterday I showed you how to use Stitch-N-Steam by UNIQUE to make a textured pocket for the outside of a tote bag.
Today I’ll show you how to make the inside pockets and sew the outside of the tote bag together. You’re well on your way to finishing this bag with an outside pocket made of unique texturized fabric!
Inside Pockets (make 2)
- Fold one 7½” x 18″ rectangle in half, right sides together, to make a 7½” x 9″ rectangle
- Using a ¼” seam, stitch the 2 long sides of the pocket.
- Turn pocket right sides out. Press.
- Center the pocket on the wrong side of a 16″ square. Have the 7″ raw edge of the pocket 2″ above the raw edge of the 16″ square.
- Stitch across the raw edge of the pocket using a ¼” seam.
- Flip the pocket up on the 16″ square. Press.
- Machine stitch the long edges of the pocket in place.
- Make another pocket in the same way for the other side of the bag. The stitching lines on the front of the tote will be covered up by the handles.
Finishing the Outside of the Tote
- Center 1 outside pocket on the front of each 16″ square.
- Machine baste the pockets in place.
- Fold under ½” on the top of each 16″ square. Press.
- Fold over again so you have a double-fold ½” hem. Press. Don’t stitch this top hem yet.
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Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to add the handles and finish the tote bag. Your friends will be amazed to see how you used Stitch-N-Steam to create these attractive texturized fabric pockets!