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Canvas Tote Bag with Blue Lilies Embroidery and Quilted Lining
For this stylish summer tote bag we used the designs from the Swirl and Flower Set.
The tote features a quilted lining with 2 pockets.
The tote measures a roomy 16" high x 17" wide x 5" deep.
Finished white canvas bag with blue lilies embroidery.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon. The choice of colors is up to you. We used blue for the petals, to match our fabric;
  • about 1/2 yard of white canvas/duck cloth,
  • about 1 1/2 yard of solid light blue cotton fabric,
  • cork fabric (we used a light-blue pre-cut strip measuring 9" x 27", which we bought on Etsy),
  • 1 yard (44" wide) of white polyester craft felt,
  • medium-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter,
  • white chalk marker/pencil,
  • iron,
  • quilting threads of matching color,
  • sewing durable thread of matching color,
  • quilting and sewing needles (we used #14),
  • quilting pins and sewing pins,
  • universal or fabric glue (optional).
Embroidery
Out of white canvas and craft felt each, cut a piece measuring about 17" x 20". Position the felt under the canvas; it will work as the stabilizer. Spread and press the canvas over the felt with your palms.
Upload the files from the Swirl and Flower Set into the embroidery machine. Select threads.
Embroider the designs one by one, trying to position them in the center of the piece.

After the embroidery is done. Press the stitch-out and trim the panel to 19" wide and 16" high.
Blue lilies embroidery on white canvas. Front panel of the bag.

Cutting:
Out of canvas, cut another piece measuring 19" x 16".

Out of felt, cut
  • a piece measuring 19" x 16" and
  • a piece measuring 20" x 38".
Out of cork, cut
  • 2 strips 1" wide and 17" long,
  • 1 strip 7" wide and 19" long.
On the back of the 7" x 19" strip, with the chalk pencil and ruler draw a central line lengthwise.

Out of fabric for the lining, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 26" (for handles),
  • 2 strips measuring 9" x 20" (for 2 pockets) ,
  • one piece measuring 20" x 38" (for the lining),
  • 1 strip 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, about 42" (binding for finishing the upper edge).
Sewing the Outer Bag:
Position the white canvas piece (19" x 16") over the felt of the same size. Align all edges and pin both pieces together. This will be the back panel of the bag.
On both panels, with a chalk pencil draw a line 1" from the bottom edge.

Working with one panel at a time, overlap the cork 7" x 19" strip with the front panel.
Pin, or with several drops of glue, glue in place.
Cork part pinned to the front panel.

Top-stitch in place with several parallel lines of stitches.
Cork part stitched to the front panel.

In the same way, attach the back panel.
Cork part stitched to the front and back panels.

Handles:
Fold the fabric 1 1/2" x 26" strips lengthwise in half and lightly press to mark the central line.
Fold the long edges to the central line and press.
Fabric strip for the handle with pressed edges.

Position the cork strips and fabric strips back to back. Pin.
Fabric and cork strips.

Topstitch with several parallel lines.
Finished handles from the right and back sides.

If you forgot to mark the central line on the bottom, do it now.
The wrong side of the cork bottom with the central line drawn in chalk pencil.

Measure 2" from the side edge along the central bottom line. Draw a perpendicular line across the bottom. Repeat for the other side.
The wrong side of the cork bottom with the central and parallel lines drawn in chalk pencil.

Attach the handles to both panels: 2 1/2" from the upper edge and 6" from the side edges. Pin. Stitch in place.
Attaching the handles 2 1/2" from the upper edge.
Handle attached to the front panel.

Fold the panels face inwards, aligning the edges. Stitch the sides, seam allowance 1/2".
Pin the sides the tote.

Open and press the seam allowance. Top-stitch the seam allowance 1/4" on both sides of the seam, from the cork part to the upper edge (the seam allowance of the cork part stays unstitched).
Open and press the seam allowance.

To make box corners, separate the front and back sides at the corners. Center the seam on the side with the marked central line on the bottom. Pin.
Center the seam on the side with the marked central line on the bottom.
Center the seam on the side with the marked central line on the bottom.

Stitch several times along the marked line.
Fold the corner towards the bottom.

Repeat for the other corner.
Stitch along the drawn line.

Lining:
Position the blue 20" x 38" piece over the piece of felt of the same size. Quilt the piece in a free motion style. Press with steam. Trim to 19" x 37".
Finished - quilted and pressed lining.

Pockets:
Fold the 9" x 20" fabric piece, face inwards, width-wise. Topstitch along 2 sides, seam allowance 1/4", leaving the third side open.
Pocket with 2 sides stitched.

Turn the piece right side out. Press.
Turn the pocket right side out and press.

Tuck the raw edge 1/2" inside, press.
Tuck in the raw edges of the pocket.

Topstitch along one of the long sides, 1/4" from the edge.
Top-stitch one of the long edges of the pocket.

In the same way sew the second pocket.
Place each pocket over the lining panels and topstitch along 3 edges in place.
Pocket attached to the lining.

Fold the lining in half, aligning all edges. Press the bottom line.
Measure a 2 1/2" x 2" rectangle in the corner.
A corner cut out at the bottom of the lining.

Cut the corner out. Repeat for the other corner.
The lining with 2 bottom corners cut out.

Unfold the lining.
The spread lining with the cirners cut.

Fold the lining again, this time face inwards and align the edges. Pin. Sew the sides together, seam allowance slightly more than 1/2".
Sew the side of the lining.

Press the seam open.
Open and press seam allowance.

Topstitch on both sides of the seam, 1/4" from it.
Topstitch the seam allowance in place.

To finish the bottom, fold the lining and align the side and bottom seams. Pin.
Fold the bag and center the side seam with the bottom central line, align the edges of the cut corner.

Stitch together, seam allowance 1/2".
Stitch along the raw edge of the corner.
Tuck the lining inside the bag. Align the side seams. Align and pin the upper edges.
Tuck in the lining into the bag, align and pin the upper edges.

Sew together along the upper edges 1/4" from the edge.
Stitch along the upper edge.

Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, back to back, and press. Fold one of the short edges 1/4"-1/2" to the back and press.

Pin the raw edge of the binding along the upper edge of the bag starting with the folded short end. Tuck the unfinished short end between the folded binding. If the end is too long, cut it leaving about 1".
Top-stitch along the upper edge, seam allowance slightly more than 1/4".
Attach the binding.

Fold the binding over the raw edge. Pin.
Fold the binding back onto the wrong side.

Topstitch in place very close to the edge of the binding.
Topstitch the folded edge of the binding in place.

You are done!
Finished white canvas bag with blue lilies embroidery. Close-up of the embroidery.

Have fun!
Finished white canvas bag with blue lilies embroidery.
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