How to make a rainbow tote, from the Sunburst Clutch08:00
If you're anything like me, your stash is still overflowing, despite our November destashing! My worst is my scrap bags, I separate them into similar colours and store them in zip lock bags in a couple of tubs. Last week I went to put away yet more off-cut scraps and couldn't wedge those bags back in the tubs no matter what I tried...so I figured, I'd better do something with some of them!
I wanted to make a basic shopping tote which I could take with me whenever I went out. In Wales, shops have had to charge 5p per single use bag (plastic bag) for a few years now, so it's handy to get in the habit of taking your own shopping bag with you whenever you go out, in case you pop into a shop for a few provisions.
I turned to the Sunburst clutch, and inspired by Katie's version, decided on a rainbow theme.
Sunburst Clutch pattern, and today's handy tutorial!
The Sunburst Tote
Finished size: 13"W x 16"H x 4"D
approximately (33cm x 41cm x 10cm)
You will need:
A gazillion large scraps (or 11 per panel)
1yd neutral fabric, I used linen (although it does crease terribly)
1/2yd lining fabric
54" of cotton webbing, I used 1.5" wide
1/2yd fusible fleece (Vilene H640)
You can use a foam stabiliser, but I wanted a more relaxed slouchy bag, so that it could be tossed in the car boot, or into my handbag to take shopping. Here's how mine stands up with fusible fleece.
Aside from the rainbow panels which we'll talk about in a minute, you will need to cut the following.
From neutral fabric:
(2) 2" x 5 1/2"
(1) 2" x 18 3/4"
(2) 4 5/8" x 18 3/4"
(1) 18 7/8" x 18 1/2"
From fusible fleece:
(2) 18 7/8" x 18 1/2"
From lining fabric:
(2) 18 7/8" x 18 1/2"
From cotton webbing:
(2) 27" long
1) To begin, please print 4 copies of page 10 of the Sunburst Clutch pattern, you will be using two on the right side and two on the wrong side. For the two on the right side, draw lines to connect up the rectangular section. We will be ignoring the scallops. You can also continue the 'ray' stitching lines all the way to the end too if you'd like.
I've been reliably informed that Golden piecing paper (thanks Kate!) is probably the best paper to use for this, I used regular printer paper and had a job removing it all at the end!
3) Follow the Sunburst clutch pattern steps 1) - 6) to create your sunburst panels. I recommend doing each panel on it's own so that you can then sit it next to the others to decide where you'd like it to go. You don't have to use rainbow colours, you could use any that you like!
We'll leave the paper in place until later to help with the stability of these panels whilst sewing.
4) Next we'll add sashing using the 2" x 5 1/2" linen strips we cut. Lay one paper pieced panel face up, then stitch the long side of the sashing to the edge you'd like to be the middle. Repeat for the second side and the panel you'd like next to the panel you've just attached.
15) Turn the bag right sides out through the lining turning gap, then turn the seam allowances under and pin in place. Stitch the gap closed using a close machine stitch, or a hand ladder stitch.
Now you're ready to hit the shops with your bright Sunburst tote! You could use it for lots of other things, but buying more fabric appeals to me!
What other patterns do you like for stash-busting those scraps?