I used basic tote bag construction. I made 2 sections, one for the back and one for the front.
Size of each section was 14" across and 13" high---this would give me a bag that finishes up about 11" by 11" and 3" deep.
Mistake #1: Using my usual technique of making the handle straps for the body that I showed before. I like a double layer of batting in the handles, but NOT here! So, I will modify my technique and use a single layer of batting when making them for bag #2.
Mistake #2: I cut out the corners at the bottom--like I usually do-- to eliminate the triangular flap when creating a square corner for the bottoms.
I ended up with a very thick and exposed edge that I do not like. Here's a link that shows how to stitch across the corner to square off the bag, and you have a triangular flap. I will keep the flap / corner triangles on bag #2, and just tack them down. That will give me all covered seams.
Finishing the top edge: Usual technique worked fine. I used a strip of fabric 2 1/2" wide, folded it in half. I stitched it to the wrong / inside of the bag over the handles and the loop to close. The folded edge comes over to the outside and is top stitched down.
I know I have sent you over to The Nifty Stitcher before. But please go again and check out her video as she stitches her feathers.....especially if you are on the fence about trying this month's free motion challenge. She makes it look so effortless that her video deserves a look.Another stolen quilt.....click here to read Bonnie's post .
I am just back from being smashed, squashed, squished, poked and prodded......you get the idea. The radiologist did find a small dense area and a biopsy is scheduled. I still have the other procedure to endure next week, so please remember me in your prayers. Happy stitching.