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Quilted Tote Bag with Unicorn Embroidery
This small tote bag is a birthday gift for a young girl who loves unicorns. The designs are from the Unicorn Set and Art Nouveau Tree Set.

The finished size of the tote is about 14" W x 13" H x 4" D.
Tote bag with unicorn embroidery.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon - the colors are up to you, we chose threads to match the colors of the fabrics;
  • 2 1/2" strips the length of the width of the fabric, of 8 colors, (pre-cut strips from Jelly Rolls are ideal for the project);
  • a piece of light-colored fabric for the front part with embroidery;
  • about 3/4 yard of fabric for the backing, pocket and bindings;
  • about 42" of 1" wide light-weight polypropylene webbing for the handles;
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer;
  • batting;
  • quilter's ruler;
  • rotary cutter;
  • iron;
  • #12 universal needle;
  • #12-#14 quilting needle.
If you do not have a Jelly Roll, cut your fabrics into 8 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric.

Sew all strips into a panel with seam allowance 1/4". Press the seams.

Cut this panel into:
  • 16 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip,
  • 16 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip and
  • 16 1/2" x 18" panel.
Out of light-colored fabric, cut a strip measuring 8 1/2" x 16 1/2".

Out of fabric for the backing, cut
  • 2 pieces measuring 18" x 20" each,
  • 2 pieces measuring 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" for the pocket,
  • 1 strip measuring 1 x 16",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 3/4" x 18",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 3/4" x 6" and
  • 1 strip 2 1/2" wide and about 32"-33" long.

Sewing the Panels:
The 16 1/2" x 18" part is used for the back panel.
All 7 strips sewn together for the back panel

Sew the front panel by attaching the 4 1/2" strip to the top, and 5 1/2" strip to the bottom of the light-colored 8 1/2" x 16 1/2" strip.
Front panel with the light-colored central part and multi-colored strips at the top and bottom.

Place the 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" pieces face to face. Align all edges. Sew along 3 sides. Trim the corners.
Tirn the pocket right side out. Press. Tuck the unfinished edges about 1/2" in. Press. Topstitch.

Set aside for the time being.
Mark the position of the embroidery on the light-colored part. If you have a printer and embroidery software, print-outs of the designs can be helpful. If you do not, you can cut out rectangles of the same size as the designs and arrange them on the fabric to determine the position of the embroidery. Select the threads.

Stabilize the chosen area. Hoop the fabric tightly and embroider the designs one by one.
The front panel with finished embroidery

Now place each backing piece on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your panels over them.

Pin all layers together.

We quilted in a free-motion style all over the panels.
Quilted front panel of the unicorn tote.

The front panel.
Quilted back panel of the unicorn tote.

The back panel.
Press with heavy steam. Square the panels. Check that they are of the same size.
On the lower edge of both panels, cut out 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares at the corners.
Front panel with cut-out lower corners.
Back panel with cut-out lower corners.
Place the pocket on the back panel 3" from the upper edge and equal distance from the sides. Pin.
Stitch the pocket in place along the side and lower edges.
Pocket attached to the back panel.
Cut the webbing into 2 equal strips, each about 20" - 21" long.
Handles cut out of webbing

Pin the ends of each handle to the upper edge of the panels on equal diatance from each side.
Stitch in place with seam allowance 1/4".
Handles attached to the front panel.
Place the panels face to face, align all edges. Pin the bottoms. Stitch together with seam allowance 1/2". Press the seam open.
The panels sewn together at the bottom.
To finish the seam, press the long sides of the 1 3/4" x 16" strip, 1/4" back. Pin the strip over the seam. Cut the protruding short edges.
Finished raw edges of the bottom seam.
Topstitch along each side close to the edges.
Stitch along the long edges with seam allowance 1/8".
Fold the panels, face inside, align the side edges. Stitch one side, seam allowance 1/2". Press the seam open.
Sew the sides together and press the seam open.
Finish the raw edges in the same way as described above. Repeat for the other side.
Side seam finished.
Fold the bottom of the bag so that the bottom and the side seams align. Pin.

Stitch. Seam allowance 1/2".
Sew the bottom corners.
Finish the raw edges with the binding 1 3/4" x 6" strips.
FInished raw edges of the bottom corners.
Fold a short edge of the 2 1/2" strip. Starting with the finished edge, pin the strip along the upper edge of the tote, right side to right side. overlap with the finished edge. Cut away the excess length.
Finishing of the upper raw edge of the tote.
Stitch seam allowance 1/2".
A strip sewn to the upper edge of the tote.
Fold the strip back. Turn the tote wrong side out. Press the upper edge. Topstitch 1/4" from the edge.
Fold the lower edge 1/2" to the wrong side. Press. Stitch by hand in place, or machine stitch.
The raw edge of the strip folded and sewn to the tote's lining.
The finished tote bag from the wrong side.
Finished tote on the wrong side.
Have fun!
Finished tote bag with the unicorn and trees embroidery.

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