Market Day Tote Bag

Market Day Tote by Cyndi Walker of Stitch Studios

Do your weekend shopping in style with this cute rick-rack trimmed tote bag! Just grab one charm pack, some rick-rack trim and a couple of beautiful Bella Solids and I bet you can make this tote in just one afternoon. Easy peasy!

(1) Charm Pack – I used the lovely Beach House collection by Blackbird Designs
(1) Yard –  Cream Solid (Bella Solid in “natural”)
(1/2) Yard – Tan Solid (or Print) for Lining of Bag (Bella Solid in “tan”)

(1) Yard – 1″ Cotton Rick Rack (Elan Rick Rack in “Peach” which is a golden tan color)

Cutting the fabrics and rick-rack:
From the cream solid, cut: 32 – 5” squares
From the lining fabric, cut: 2 – 12 1/2” x 15 1/2” rectangles
From the rick-rack, cut: 2 – 16 1/2” strips and 1 – 13 1/2” strip

Make the Half-square-triangle Units
Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 5” cream square. Layer the marked cream square and a 5” cream square, right sides together.

Sew a line 1/4” from each side of the line.

Cut along the marked line to make a total of two half-square-triangle units. Press each unit towards the dark.

Trim the half-square triangle units to 3 1/2” square. Repeat to make a total of sixty-four half-square-triangle units – forty for the bag panels and twenty-four for the handles.

Assemble the Pieced Bag Panels: Layout twenty half-square-triangle units into five rows of four units. Sew the units in each row together and then join the rows together to complete a pieced bag panel. Repeat this process to make a total of two pieced bag panels.

Add the Rick Rack: Pin the three cut rick-rack strips to the left, right and bottom edges of one pieced bag panel, leaving half the width of the rick-rack showing along the edges. Baste the rick-rack in place.

Assemble the Outside of the Tote Bag: Right sides together, sew the two bag panels together along three edges, leaving the top short edge open. Clip the corners being careful not to cut the seams and turn inside out.

Make the Handles
Sew together twelve of the remaining half-square-triangle units together, matching the cream edges together to make a candy-cane stripe. Fold this strip in half, right sides together, and sew along the edge.

Turn the strip right-side-out and press the seam towards the back. Top stitch along each long edge to finish a handle. Repeat to make a total of two handles.

Make the Button Loop: Choose an uncut charm square from the remainder of the charm pack squares and cut a  2” x 5” rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half and press. Fold the two outside edges to meet the pressed line and press again. Fold this unit in half, press and topstitch along the long edge to finish the button loop. (See the next step

Add the button loop and handles
On the open edge, find the center of one bag panel. On the right side of one pieced bag panel, pin and baste the two open ends of the button loop to the center. On the right side of the pieced bag panel, pin and baste the two ends of the handles to the first seam from the left and right of the bag panel. Repeat with the second handle to the opposite finished bag panel.

Make the Bag Lining
To make the lining of the tote bag, sew together the two 12 1/2” x 15 1/2” rectangles together along three edges, leaving one short edge open.

Assemble the Bag
Right sides together, insert the pieced bag panels – with button loop and handles – into the bag lining. Pin along the two open edges and sew the edges together, leaving a 2” opening for turning the bag.

Turn the bag inside out, using the 2″ hole left in the seam along the top of the bag. Once you have done this, flip the lining to the inside of the bag and press. Top stitch along the top edge of the bag to finish

1 – 12″ x 15″ Tote Bag

Flower Patch Quilt

1 – layer cake. The Nostalgia collection by April Cornell is featured.
1/4 yard – Cream tonal from the same collection for the border.

3 yards – 1″ Elan Cotton Rick-Rack in rose


Break open your layer cake and separate them into creams and colors. There are some lovely cream prints in this collection, which will be used for the blocks behind the applique. Choose five of the color squares for the appliqué pieces and set aside.

This project makes full use of each square, with the scraps being used for the pieced border as well as the backing and binding. To make the best use of each square, use the following diagram when cutting the 6”squares listed below. This will result in each square yielding: 1 – 6” square; 1 – 4” x 10” rectangle; 1 – 4” x 6” rectangle.

From the cream squares, cut:
9 – 6” squares
4 matching 4 1/2” squares for the cornerstones

    From the color squares, cut:
    16 – 6” squares

      From the cream and color scraps, cut:
      48 – 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles for the pieced border

        From the squares set aside for the appliqué, cut:
        3 – Flowers
        3 – Flower Middle
        3 – Flower Centers
        3 – Small Leaves
        3 – Large Leaves

          From the cream tonal, cut:
          3 – 2 1/2” x width of fabric strips cut into:
          2 – 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” inner border strips
          2 – 2 21/2” x 20 1/2” inner border strips

            From the rick-rack, cut:
            4 – 25” long pieces


              Make the Quarter-Square-Triangle Units

              Choose two color 6” squares and lightly mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of one square. Sew 1/4” away from each side of the line and cut along the line to make two half-square-triangle units; press.

              Right sides together, align the two half-square triangle units together along their seams with opposite fabrics aligned.

              Lightly mark a diagonal line, in the opposite direction of the seam, on the wrong side of a half-square-triangle unit. Align these two units together, pin and sew 1/4” away from each side of the marked line. Cut along the line to make two quarter-square-triangle units.

              Repeat this process to make a total of sixteen color quarter-square-triangle units, and nine cream quarter-square-triangle units.

              Assemble the Quilt Center and Add the Inner Border
              Lay out the nine cream quarter-square-triangle units into three rows of three units. Position the sixteen color quarter-square-triangle units around the cream units to make a quilt center that is five rows of five units. Sew the units in each row together; press in one direction. Join the rows together to complete the quilt center; press in one direction.

              Sew a 2 1/2” x 20 1/2” cream inner border strip to the left and right edges of the quilt center; press toward the cream. Sew a 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” cream inner border strip to the top and bottom edges of the quilt center; press toward the cream.

                Make and Add the Pieced Border Strips

                Sew together twelve 2 1/2” x 4 1/5” rectangles along their long edges to make a pieced border strip. Repeat to make a total of four pieced border strips. Baste a 25” length of rick-rack to one long edge of the pieced border strip using a 1/8” seam. Repeat for each of the four pieced border strips. Sew a pieced border strip to the left and right edges of the quilt center; press toward the pieced border with the rick-rack falling toward the cream inner border.

                Join a 4 1/2” cream square to each short end of the remaining two pieced border strips (note: depending on how your rick-rack dips towards the edge fabric, you may need to fiddle with the ends a bit to avoid getting them stuck in the seams. i.e., I did this, so I’m giving all of you fair warning. Rick-rack is a stubborn thing to work with, but I can’t help myself. It’s worth it!)

                Sew the two pieced border strips to the top and bottom edges of the quilt to complete the quilt center.

                Applique the Quilt Center (template included in Printer Friendly Version at bottom of post)

                Using your favorite method of appliqué, prepare the large flowers, medium flowers, flower center, small leaves and large leaves. The sample project was made using the freezer paper and starch method of appliqué. Referring to the project picture, lay out the prepared appliqué pieces onto the cream panel in the center of the quilt.

                Layer, baste and quilt however you like – I know, the dreaded “Quilt as desired”. I outline quilted the applique and did a simple stiple on the rest of the quilt. Bind the quilted quilt and voila…You’re done!

                One 32″x32″ quilt top

                This is a great way to use a full layer cake to make a quick and easy project. Personally, I love having a project like this to do the hand applique while watching TV or other activity that involves me sitting in one place for a while… 🙂

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                Hope you enjoy making this!