For this eye-catching and roomy tote bag we used the design Leopard from our Wild Animals collection. The design uses a commercial size hoop, 8" x 10" (200 x 225 mm).
The finished size of the table runner is about 18" (wide) x 14" (high) x 4" (deep).
Besides embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon), you will need
Stabilize the fawn-colored felt and embroider the Leopard design.
Cut away the excess stabilizer around the embroidery. Then cut out the design leaving 1/2" margins around the embroidery.
For the outer bag, out of patterned felt, cut a piece measuring 20" x 38".
Out of the fabric for the lining cut a piece measuring 21" x 37" and a piece measuring 8" x 12" for the pocket.
Sewing the Outer Bag:
Fold the felt piece widthwise in half and unfold. On the back, using the ruler and chalk pencil, mark the central/crease line of the bottom.
Position the stitch-out on the front panel of the bag 6" from the upper edge and equal distances from the sides. Pin it in place.
On your sewing machine topstitch it in place twice - first close to the embroidery and then close to the outer line.
Fold the piece widthwise in half, face inwards. Stitch the sides with seam allowance 1/2". Unfold the seams and lightly press them open.
Stitch box corners at the bottom of the bag. For this separate the front and back sides at the corners. Center the side seam over the central bottom line. Measure
1 1/2" along the seam from the corner.
Draw a line perpendicular to the seam across the corner and machine-stitch it. Do not trim the seam.
Repeat for the second corner.
Turn the corners to the side seams and hand-stitch them to the seam allowance.
Turn the bag right side out.
Making the Lining:
Place the batting on a flat surface (table) and cover with the lining, face up.
Pin both layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted in a free motion meandering all over the lining.
When you are done, press the work with heavy steam and trim the lining to 20" x 36" rectangle.
To make the pocket, fold the 8" x 12" rectangle in half widthwise, face inside. Stitch 2 sides closed. Turn the piece right side out. Tuck in the raw edges of the fourth side 1/2" inside, press, topstitch close.
Position the pocket on the right side of the quilted lining, 3 1/2" from the upper edge and equal distance from the sides. Topstitch the pocket to the lining.
Fold the lining in half widthwise, face inwards. Stitch the sides with seam allowance 1/2".
With the ruler and graphic pencil/marker, draw rectangles measuring 1 1/2" x 2" in the bottom corners. Cut them out.
Fold the piece to align the edges of the cut-out rectangles. Stitch 1/2" from the raw edges.
Insert the lining into the outer bag. Align the bottoms and the side seams.
Fold the upper edge of the outer bag over the lining. Pin or baste in place.
On your sewing machine, stitch in place.
Topstitch the handles on the front and back panels .
The tote bag is ready. Enjoy!