Yesterday, I spent some time looking for new ideas and free patterns for totes.
I had already made two large totes from the Moda Just a Speck jelly roll, and I had been contemplating making a small quilt with the remaining strips.
Then, I found a great tutorial for a medium-sized tote. I should be able to make at least two more totes from this jelly roll and remnants.
The tutorial was presented by Vanessa, from Crafty Gemini Improv; along with Jenny, from Missouri Star Quilting Company.
Vanessa introduced a two-sided fusible foam.
I had never heard of this product, but I knew right away that I wanted to try it.
Vanessa suggested using Bosal, In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible . This fusible gives the tote body, and a stand alone structure.
Vanessa got my attention when she demonstrated a no-measure, quilt-as-you-go technique.
It looked like it would be easy and so much fun, so I decided to make the tote.
I ordered some of the fusible foam, but I was too impatient to wait for it to come.
So, today, I made my way to my neighborhood Hancock Fabric.
(Hancock is going out of business and closing soon!)
I found a single-sided foam fusible, and I decided to try it out.
This worked fine, but the double sided is better when it comes to making the handles.
Vanessa demonstrated a technique for making handles that is easier and more precise
than what I have been doing.
I was having so much fun making this tote, that I lost all sense of time.
I started at noon, and completed the project by evening.
The tutorial does not demonstrate adding a pocket to the lining, but I chose to add two pockets.
In addition to the jelly roll strips, I cut some strips from some black and white remnants and some pastel prints.
I used the pastels for the lining and the black and white for the pockets.