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Quilted Mini Tote / Purse
This small tote or purse is a great way to carry around your essentials. To decorate it, we used one of the designs from the Butterfly Set for the 5" x 7" hoop (Large hoop).

The finished size of the bag is about 8" high x 9" wide x 4" deep.
Finished bag with 2 dolls in it.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon, your choice of color,
  • about 1 yard of light cream cotton fabric for the outer bag and for the lining,
  • 1 pack of wide single fold bias tape, color to match the embroidery,
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • low-loft batting,
  • iron,
  • scissors,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • rotary cutter,
  • pencil,
  • sewing thread of a matching color,
  • (optional) additional embellishments, such as multi-colored buttons, beads or rhinestones
Out of fabric for the outer bag, fabric for the lining, and batting each, cut 1 piece measuring 16" x 21".
Embroidery :
Make the embroidery on the piece of fabric for the outer bag. Use light-weight cut-away stabilizer. The embroidery should be about 3" - 3 1/2" from one of the short sides of the rectangle. The top of the embroidery should be pointed towards this short side.

After the embroidery is done, cut away the excess stabilizer around the stitch-out.
Stitch-out of a butterfly from the Butterfly set #30081

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all layers together.

We quilted in a free-motion style all over the piece.
Press with steam. Trim the work to 15" x 20".
Sewing the Bag:
Measure 2 1/2" from a corner along one side, mark with the pencil, then measure 2 1/2" along the other side, mark with the pencil. Connect both marks with the ruler.
Photo showing how to cut away the upper corners of the working piece.

Cut the corner off.
Photo showing how to cut away the upper corners of the working piece.

Repeat for all the corners.
The working piece with all corners cut.

Fold the work in half, align all edges. Press to mark the central line of the bottom.
The working piece folded in half.

At the bottom, mark and cut away pieces measuring 2" x 1 1/2", as shown on the picture below.
The folded working piece with lower corners cut away.

Your working piece will look like the picture below. Finish with zig-zag or serger the raw edges marked in red on the picture.
The unfolded working piece. The sides which should be finished are marked in red.

Fold the working piece in half, face inwards, aligning all edges. Pin the finished sides. Stitch them together, seam allowance 1/2". Open the seam and topstitch 1/4" from the seam.
To shape the bottom, fold the working piece to align the side seam and the central bottom line. Stitch twice, seam allowance 1/2". Repeat for the other bottom corner.
Photo showing how to sew the bottom edges together.

Finish the raw edge with zig-zag stitch or serger.
Photo showing the bottom edge finished.

Photo showing both bottom corners stitched and finished.

With a piece of bias tape, finish the upper edge of the front. Leave the ends of the bias tape about 6" -7" long.
Bag with the upper edges finished with bias tape.
In the same way finish the upper edge of the back panel.
Tote bag with the upper edges finished with the bias tape, side view.
Stitch the bias tape close. Tie the ends into a bow.
The ends of the bias tape tied in bow.
Out of the fabric for the outer bag, cut 2 strips measuring 2" x 22". Cut 2 pieces of bias tape of the same length.

Fold the strips lengthwise in half wrong side to wrong side and lightly press to mark the central line. Fold the raw edges to the center and press.

Unfold the bias tape along the central line. Position both strips wrong side to wrong side. Pin. Topstitch them together along the long edges.

Zig-zag or serge the short edges.
Insert the handles 1" in the bag and topstitch in place.
Photo shoing the attached handle.

Have fun!
Finished tote bag for little girls.

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