At first glance, it looks like a run-of the-mill tote bag, but this one has a special tuck in the bottom that makes it easy to pack flat in your suitcase or to open out and fill to capacity on shopping trips. The large tote features a zipped inside pocket for security, along with one to hold your glasses or cell phone and outside pocket, too. Use the stitch-and-flip method with strips of your favorite fabrics, or make it in already-quilted double layer fabric, or in canvas with embellished outer pockets.
Directions for all options are included in the thoroughly written and illustrated directions. Directions for a mini version are also included, perfect for your favorite little girl or your paperback book!
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Barbara Weiland Talbert is a published sewing and quilting author with several books and hundreds of magazine articles to her credit. Her most recent books are The Quilting Answer Book and The Sewing Answer Book, both published by Storey Publishing. Barbara learned to sew at the knees of her grandmothers, great grandmother, and mother when just seven or eight years old and she’s been sewing ever since. She added quilting to her repertoire in the 1980′s while working as Editor-in-Chief for a major quilt-book publisher. Now she designs tote bags, quilts, and anything else that strikes her fancy—and turns them into patterns to sell online. You can visit her blog (www.joyofsewingandquilting.blogspot.com) to find out what else she might be up to, although designing and writing patterns takes up most of her time these days.
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