I love the idea of being able to sew, but it’s one of those crafts that really frustrates me. However hard I try to cut material perfectly to a pattern, or match up seams, the finished article always ends up a bit skew-whiff.
Having said that, I still have quite a large fabric stash, because “it might come in handy one day and I might get better at sewing”. I am drawn to the packs of fat quarters that you can buy, and I was delighted to receive a set on my birthday. What was even better was that a pattern was included to make a patchwork tote bag. I thought this was a great idea. All too often I buy fabric without a particular project in mind and then lack inspiration about what to make with it.
Using the pattern, I cut out 40 squares, strips for the handles and lining for the bag. I tried really, really hard to cut the squares to the right size but some still came out a bit bigger than others. I think I just about got away with it when they were sewn together.
Four squares were joined to make a strip, then five of these strips were sewn together to form one side of the bag. This was repeated for the other side, and then the two pieces were stitched together round the base and sides. The lining was sewn together and inserted in the bag. Finally, the handles were added along with some topstitching and voila!
Not too bad as long as you don’t look too closely!