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Team Timeless // Beachy Keen Bunting Bag

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Welcome back to Team Timeless, an ongoing series of fun tutorials brought to you by some of our favorite designers! Cheryl Bush is back this month with this a summer-ready beach tote just in time for July 4th. Our Whale Hello fabrics are too perfect for this project! Follow along to learn how.

Make a fun summer bag that works as well for the beach, vacations or anytime with my Beachy Keen Bunting Bag Tutorial!



whale-hello-collageUsing these adorable fabrics from the Whale Hello! collection, sweet sea creatures are peeking out behind colorful bunting panels:
The vibrant triangles are done in a technique that makes a fabric layer above the nautical prints.  It gives the bag a fun dimensional look.
Sweet stripes accent the sides:
While dainty polka dots round out the roomy interior:
Finished size: 16″ w x 11.5″ h x 5.5″ d
Seam allowance is one quarter inch unless noted otherwise.
Fabric Requirements:
– 1/4yd Gail-C7267-Blue
– 1/4yd Gail-C7264-Sand
– 1/4yd Mix-C7200-Red
– 1/4yd Mix-C7200-Sun
– 1/4yd Mix-C7200-Pool
– 1/4yd Mix-C7200-Blue
Additional Materials:
– 2yds medium weight fusible stabilizer
– Yard stick, shears, iron, disappearing marker/chalk, pins, hand sewing needle
To keep things simple, we’ll start with cutting & assembling the bunting panels first.
From the following A fabrics cut:
(1) Gail-C7267-Blue 16.5 inch wide by 2.5 inch high piece
(1) Gail-C7264-Sand 16.5 inch wide by 2.5 inch high piece
(1) Mix-C7200-Red 16.5 inch wide by 4.5 inch high piece
(1) Mix-C7200-Pool 16.5 inch wide by 4.5 inch high piece
From B (bunting) fabrics cut:
(1) Gail-C7263-Water 16.5 inch wide by 4.5 inch high pieces
(1) Gail-C7262-White 16.5 inch wide by 4.5 inch high pieces
(1) Mix-C7200-Blue 16.5 inch wide by 8.5 inch high pieces
(1) Mix-C7200-Sun 16.5 inch wide by 8.5 inch high pieces

Assembly
Step 1: With wrong sides facing, fold Fabric B strips in half and press along fold. Place pieces over corresponding Fabric A pieces, lining up the raw edges at the top. Pin and stitch layers together one-eighth of an inch from raw edges. Repeat this pairing with all other pieces. A quarter of an inch of Fabric A should peek out at the bottom of each panel:
Step 2: With right sides facing, pin together the lower edge of one panel to the top edge of another, being careful to keep the folded pieces from being pinned. Stitch together and press seams flat.
Continue until all panels are attached to make the Main bag piece. Repeat for other main side.

Step 3: Starting one quarter inch inward from the left side on the larger panels, use a ruler and chalk/disappearing marker to mark cut lines 4 inches apart. Mark the lower panel so the cut lines are 2 inches from either line in the panel above it. Repeat this same pattern with the smaller panels, marking lines that are 2 inches apart instead of 4.

 

Step 4: Cut along all lines except for those one quarter inch from the outer sides (those are to mark the seam allowance).

Step 5: Fold the square sections under so the come to a point at the folded edge and press into place. Trim any excess fabric, if necessary to help the triangles to lie flat.

Step 6: Repeat with all square sections and pin in place.

Top stitch along triangle edges.  Set completed bunting panels aside and let’s begin on the rest of the bag and lining.

Bag Assembly:
From Fabric A (Lining Dot-C1820-Cherry) cut:
(1) 16.5 inch wide by 6 inch high Bottom piece
(2) 6 inch wide by 12 inch high Side pieces
(2) 16.5 inch wide by 12 inch high Main pieces
From Fabric B (Outer Stripe-C8109-Red) cut:
(2) 6 inch wide by 12 inch high Side pieces
(1) 16.5 inch wide by 6 inches high Bottom piece
(4) 4 inch wide by 18 inch high Strap pieces
From Fusible Stabilizer cut:
(1) 16.5 inch wide by 6 inch high Bottom piece
(2) 6 inch wide by 12 inch high Side pieces
(2) 16.5 inch wide by 12 inch high Main pieces
(4) 4 inch wide by 18 inch high Strap pieces
Step 7: Using a press cloth between stabilizer and iron, fuse stabilizer to wrong side of all fabric pieces.
Making the Straps & Closure:
Step 8: Take two strap pieces and, with right sides facing, sew short ends together to make a longer strap. Fold long sides inward .5 in on either and press.
Repeat with other strap pieces.  Top stitch along all sides. Set aside.
 
Step 9: Stitch a short end of each lining side piece to either short end of the lining bottom piece, starting and stop stitching one quarter inch inward from beginning and end (this makes it easier to do the next step).  Do the same with the outer fabric side & bottom pieces.
Step 10: Pin and stitch width side of a main lining panel to width side of bottom, leaving a 2 inch gap in the middle of the seam for turning later. Start and stop stitching one quarter inch inward from beginning and end.  Repeat with outer fabric pieces, but without any gap.
Step 11: Pin Main side to side pieces and stitch together as shown. Trim all seam allowances and corners. Add remaining main sides.
Step 12: Turn outer bag right side out. Take one strap and pin each of its raw edge ends 3 inches from either end of the bunting side.  Baste. Repeat with the other strap on the other bunting side.
Step 13: Slip outer bag into lining with right sides facing, match up corners and pin all along raw edges at top. Stitch together.
Step 14: Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Push corners out with knitting needle or ruler. Stitch lining gap closed by hand using a slip stitch. Press along top edge of bag and topstitch.
Now, enjoy your sweet summertime tote!