I originally posted this last year, so it may look familiar. I really wanted to show you again since I know you're running around looking for teacher gifts, secret Santa ideas and whatever other wackiness takes place from now until the New Year. I had intended on chopping out the extra bits and just have the tutorial...but how seriously cute are those bags!!!
Last Christmas I decided to get a little crafty and give a few handmade gifts. Naturally, I left this decision until the last minute and only had time to whip up these lined totes (aren't they pretty?).
|Lined totes just in time for Christmas.|
You will need:
Cushion insert - I chose 16" (41cm) square cushions
Light/Medium iron-on interfacing - I used medium because it happened to be laying around.
A Zip an inch or so shorter than your cushion insert - I cut mine down to be about 15". There's 14'' from zipper pull to the stopper.
The following measurements use a 1/2" seam allowance. If you like a bigger or smaller allowance, you will need to adjust your measurements accordingly.
Cut two 17'' squares of fabric and two 16" squares of interfacing. I'm using interfacing to give a little strength and body to my cushion covers. They will be getting a lot of use, so I'd hate for them to wear out too quickly.
|Cut your fabric and interfacing.|
|Iron the interfacing to the wrong side, keeping the edges clear.|
|Overlock all edges.|
Place two piece right sides together and pin the bottom edge. I like my zip to be on the bottom so it is less visible.
|Pin the bottom seam, right sides together.|
|Mark both ends where the zipper pull and zipper stopper are to sit.|
The stitches between the two marks are simply to tack the seam together to make positioning the zip easier. They will be removed once the zip is in place. The stitches beyond the marks, to the corners, will remain.
|Iron the seam.|
|Position the zipper between the marks, with the teeth along the seam.|
|Sew down one side.|
|Turn and sew over the zipper stopper before continuing up the other side.|
|Open the zip half way.|
|Pin and sew the remaining three sides.|