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Tutorial: Lined Mini-Totes, 2 Totes From 2 Fat Quarters

Cute little totes for gifts or small items, made from 2 fat quarters of 44" wide fabric. These totes are quite easy and quick to make. Follow the picture tutorial below and let me know if you have any questions or if anything is confusing.

A few notes to start:

  • A fat quarter of 44" quilting weight cotton measures about 18" x 22"
  • I used Starburst in Pool and Starburst in Strawberry from Circa 50 by Monaluna for Birch Fabrics organic cotton fabric for the outside of my totes
  • I used Chairs and Houses from Circa 50 by Monaluna for Birch Fabrics organic cotton fabric for the lining of my totes
  • You will need to use fabric without directionality for the outside of the totes
  • You can use any directionality for the inside of the totes if you don't mind one side being "upside down". I didn't mind for mine.

The straps are made with excess fabric from each fat quarter. I used the selvedge edge of one fat quarter for the inner side of one strap. This works as a design decision with Circa 50 fabrics because the selvedge is very wide (see below). On a typical fabric, the sevedge may be smaller and will be folded into the strap.

Let's get started!

Cut Fabric:

Make Straps:

Make Outside of Tote & Lining:

Put Tote Together & Insert Straps:

 

Top Stitch Edges:

Enjoy Your Totes!

Inside view:

Side view:

Hanging on a Chair:

On a 9-year-old's Shoulder: