Monday, June 27, 2011

White-on-Black Tote by Ruth Brown

The simple elegance of this tote bag reminds how beautiful minimalistic style can be. The black and white combination of fabric and embroidery loks great here. Ruth used Cherry Punch embroidery font for personalizing the tote.

Here is Ruth's detailed instruction for sewing the tote:
1. Cut fabric in 2 pcs 20 inches by 15 inches (or adjust to the size of market bag you want).
2. Find the center and about 8 inches down from top of fabric for the monogram.
Since my fabric is a rather heavy decorator fabric, I centered it over the hoop and used the "fix" on my machine to hold the fabric and extra backing in place.
3. After monogramming, stitch the 2 pieces of fabric face together on the sides and across the bottom.
4. Stitch across the bottom left and right sides centering the seams with a pin and then stitching across 4 inches.

5. Clip the very end off to make the bottom of the market bag lay flat.
6. Turn it right side out and pin the seam allowance to hold it until you assemble the bag.
7. Insert the lining bag into the monogrammed outside bag, pin, and stitch around the top.
My interior lining canvas bag was already prepared with a loop for the button and interior pockets.
8. Now, find the prettiest shank button for the closure!