Yesterday I showed you how to make a modern placemat using a disappearing nine patch technique with fabrics from the Banyon Batiks Intaglio collection from Northcott.
Today I’ll use the same technique, add some diagonal contrasting strips and create a tote bag.
- 9 – 7½” squares from Banyan Batiks Intaglio fabric
- ½ yd contrasting fabric (I used a dark brown Banyan Batiks Shadows fabric)
- ½ yd for lining (I used a gray Banyan Batiks Shadows fabric)
- 1⅔ yd of 1″ webbing for straps
Let’s start sewing!
- Make a nine patch block using the 7½” squares from the Banyan Batiks Intaglio fabric. The detailed instructions for this are in the QUILTsocial blog post Making a nine patch block with the new Banyan Batiks Intaglio.
- Cut each nine patch block into 3 unequal sections.
- Rearrange the strips and sew them back together, shifting the sections a little so the seams are not all lined up.
- The pieced block will be approximately 19″ x 19″.
- Place a long rotary cutting ruler on the block, lining up the 60° angle line on the ruler with one of the seam lines.
- Make 2 – 60° cuts in the block to create 3 diagonal sections.
- From a contrasting fabric (I used the dark brown Banyan Batiks Shadows fabric), cut 1 – 1¾” x WOF and 1 – 1¼” x WOF strip. These are the sizes I used, but it’s OK to use different size strips if you wish.
- Sew the 2 brown strips between the pieced sections. This requires working with bias edges now, so handle carefully to keep the fabric from stretching.
- Sew with the brown strip underneath, check to make sure the seam allowances on the pieced section stay flat.
- Square up the edges.
My piece was approximately 19½” x 18½”, but because this is an improv style of piecing, yours may be different.
- Cut 2 pieces of contrasting fabric (mine is the gray Shadows fabric), 1¼” x the length of the pieced section.
- Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together to make 2 long strips.
- From brown fabric, cut a strip 9½” by the length of the pieced section. This piece will determine the width of your tote bag so you can change the size if you wish.
- Sew 1 of the 1¼” strips to one side of the pieced section with a ⅛” seam, aligning the raw edges.
- Sew the brown piece to the pieced section with the narrow strip attached. The narrow strip will form a small flap.
- Sew the remaining narrow gray strip on the opposite side of the pieced section, aligning raw edges.
- Layer pieced section, batting and backing. This backing fabric won’t show when the tote bag is finished.
- Using a walking foot, quilt as desired. I used diagonal and straight line stitching, but feel free to be creative and do your own thing!