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Patchwork Denim Tote

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.


Varying shades of denim fabric and bright embroidery transform this tote bag into a stylish must-have. Use it as a farmers market carry-all, grocery tote, and more.
 


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/2 yard white denim
- 1/2 (total) yard denim (two different colors, 1/4 yard each)
- 1 yard denim for back and handles
- 1 1/4 yards denim for inner lining
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking

Designs used in this tutorial include M4452, Indian Paintbrush (Vintage) and M4437, Mountain Phacelia (Vintage).

Finished Size: 18" x 20 1/2" x 9"

This project was featured in the following:
All About Denim Lookbook


Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Draw a 5 1/2" x 17" long rectangle on the denim using an air-erase pen.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try  Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.


Center the template inside the shape.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer away.

Cut out the shape.

Repeat this process for a total of two embroidered pieces.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Lay the two embroidered pieces on top of one another, right sides together.

Measure and mark 4" in along the top edge of the fabric starting at the top right corner.

Draw a line from the mark down to the lower right corner as shown.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Sew a seam along this line.

Trim the fabric along the seam leaving 1/2" excess (the top right corner will be trimmed away).

Press the seam open with an iron.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Cut two pieces of denim to 3" x 15 1/8".

Align with the top edges of the embroidered section, right sides together. The bottom ends should extend 1/2" past the center seam of the embroidered section and 2" past the top edge of the embroidered section.

Pin in place. Sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edges only. Press the seams.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Flip the fabric over to the wrong side and align the bottom edges of the denim, right sides together.

Lay the end flat to one side and draw a line up from the seam on the embroidered section as shown.

Pin the fabric in place and sew a seam along the line you just drew.

Trim the excess as you did before and press the seam.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Repeat these steps to add a second row of denim at the same measurements.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Then, add a third row of denim, this time using the measurements of 3" x 13 1/8".

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
For the final top pieces, cut two pieces of denim to 3" x 7 3/4" -- add them just as you did earlier.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Cut two pieces of denim to 3" x 15 1/4"  for the bottom of the bag.

Align with the bottom of the embroidered section, right sides together. The bottom edges should extend 2" past the center seam of the embroidered section.

Pin in place and sew a seam along the pinned edge only; press the seams.

Flip the fabric over to the wrong side. Align the bottom edges together, right sides together, and lay the fabric flat to one side as shown.

Draw a line down from the center seam. Pin the fabric in place and sew a seam along the line you just drew, trim the excess, and press the seam.

Repeat this process for two more rows:
- Cut the second row to 3" x 15
  1/8"
- Cut the third row to 7" x 15 1/8"

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
To square off the front piece, draw a line along the inner points of the ends of the fabric pieces along the side and top edges.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
For the top of the bottom edge, draw a line connecting the bottom of the lines that you drew along the sides.

Cut out the shape

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Lay the front piece on top of the fabric, right sides together.

Pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only -- leave the top edge open.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
To square off the bottom, align the side seams with the bottom seam and pin in place.

Measure and mark 4 1/2" in from the point of the corner.

Draw a line at the mark that is perpendicular to the seam.

Trim off the corners leaving 1/2" excess.

Turn the fabric right side out
.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
To prepare the shoulder straps, cut two pieces of denim to 4" x 40".

Turn the long edges in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Fold the fabric with the folded edges together and press.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the long side edges.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Pin the handles in place along the top edges of the outer shell 3" in from each top corner.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Cut two pieces of denim to 19" x 26 1/2".

Assemble together just as you did for the outer shell (including squaring off the ends).

Insert the outer shell into the inner lining -- align the top edges and side seams together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge leaving about 5" open between the handles on one side.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
Turn the fabric right side out and insert the inner lining inside the outer shell.

Press the seam and turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press.

Top-stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire top edge of the tote.

Free project instructions to create a patchwork denim tote.
This sweet denim bag is a fabulous way to carry your needs in style. Denim fabric and Western wildflowers give it extra-special charm.

Patchwork Denim Tote



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Products used in this Project:

Mountain Phacelia (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.08" x 3.89"

Mountain Aster (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.03" x 3.88"

Indian Pink (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.33" x 3.85"

Indian Paintbrush (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.17" x 3.85"

Foothill Larkspur (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

1.95" x 3.89"

Cliff Rose (Vintage) $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.10" x 11.74" | 4.09" x 9.39" | 3.39" x 7.79" | 3.00" x 6.88"

Cliff Rose (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.30" x 3.85"

Centaurium (Vintage) $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.40" x 11.74" | 4.34" x 9.40" | 3.61" x 7.83" | 3.17" x 6.88"

Centaurium (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.40" x 3.86"

California Poppy (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.72" x 3.90"

Baby Blue Eyes (Vintage) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.43" x 3.90"