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Art Tote Mini Size - 10 Crayons

CUT: (1) (1) (2) (1) (1) (2) (1) (1) 15 x 11 fabric for outside 15 x 11 fabric for inside 14 x 11 fusible fleece* 11 x 11 fabric for book pocket 6 x 11 fabric for crayon pocket 11 x 3 fabric for straps 5 x 11 fusible interfacing for book pocket 3- 4 of wide Velcro
If possible, cut fabric pieces so stretch goes this way, especially pocket pieces

*flannel & a double-sided fusible medium


may be substituted in a pinch, but is pretty bulky & stretches when working with it 15

Shown with button option

11 SEW: 1. Fuse fleece to the wrong sides of the outside & inside fabric pieces. 2. Fold the 2 pocket pieces in half wrong sides together and press. Make sure the width of each piece remains 11 as these pieces go across the totes width. Fuse the interfacing to the inside section of the book pocket piece. 3. For crayon pocket, take the 6 x 11 piece (which, since you folded in half should be 3 x 11). Mark the center-point of the fabric and draw a line with a chalk or water-soluble pencil. Working out from this line, draw lines at 1 intervals toward both ends. You should end up with 10, 1 spaces with left over on each side. Dont sew these lines yet. 4. Take the 15 x 11 inside fabric piece & fold it in half to where it is still 11 wide. Press or crease the fold line. Now, measure to the left of the crease-line & mark it all the way down with your chalk or water-soluble pencil. Measure 2 to the right from the crease-line and make another mark all the way down.

1/2 center

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If desired, do a fancy stitch on the largest pocket pieces creased edge now (the book pocket). Then lay it face down on the side opposite of the mark you made with its raw edges toward the centerline. Now pull it over the center line to the mark and line up its raw edge with that line. The majority of the pocket will still by lying on the opposite side, but dont worry. Youll be flipping it over to the right

side after you sew it. Pin & sew it down with a seam. Then flip it over and press the pocket upwards so you can no longer see your stitching. 6. Do the same with the crayon pocket, but match its raw edge with the 2 mark on the opposite side of the totes inside piece. Topstitch 1/8 above the bottom edge of the crayon pocket. Using the marks you made on the crayon pocket and working your way from the center out to each side, sew the 1 interval lines from bottom to top to create the crayon pockets. (Use an auto-lock stitch for a neater appearance if you have this option. If you dont have an auto-lock stitch, just back-stitch at the beginning & end of each stitched line very carefully to keep it neat. . I put a dot of fabric glue on the backside of each stitched lines beginning & end to keep them from being pulled through to the topside. Outside of tote
End topstitching here

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Example of finished layouts:

Start topstitching here

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Center the Velcro strips from & parallel to both short ends raw edges of the inside fabric. Pin (or use fabric glue). Sew the edges all the way around.

9. Fold each strap piece in half lengthwise & press. Unfold & press each long side to the center crease. Fold in half again & press. Topstitch 1/8 along each long edge to add stability. Use a contrasting thread or fancy stitch for ornamentation if desired. 10. Still working with the inside piece, mark 3 in from each short ends sides. Place the strap ends (right sides down) at these lines matching up each straps raw edge with the fabric pieces raw edge. Baste them to the inside piece with 1/8 seam. 11. Take both the outside & inside fabric pieces and place them right sides together & with the straps sandwiched inside. Using a seam, begin stitching on one of the straps and stitch around the tote & over the other strap on the same end where you started stitching. This will leave an opening between the 2 straps for turning (see the illustration above). Trim the seams & clip the corners diagonally. 12. Turn the tote inside-out, pushing out the corners with a chopstick or other tool. Press the tote well, including the opening. Make sure you turn in the seam allowances to neatly match up with the sewn edge. 13. Topstitch from the edge around the entire tote making sure the opening is sewn shut. You are now done! Adapted from tutorial at http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/02/art-bag-tutorial.html