Book Bag Pattern with Cross Stitch Anchor Detail

From 101 Ways to Stitch Craft Create this Book Bag Tote has many functions. A Book Bag, a shopping carrier or a beach bag, this sturdy tote is a simple sewing project that will serve you well.

Created by Grace Harvey for 101 Ways to Stitch Craft Create it uses one fabric for the exterior with a contrasting fabric for the lining and front pocket and a cross stitched anchor detail.

You Will Need:

Fabric for the bag front and back:

Fabric for the lining, handles and pocket:

Cross Stitch Anchor

1. Fold both of the handle pieces in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and press well. Open out, then fold the outside edges in to meet the centre fold line, wrong sides together, and press. Fold each piece in half again, press once again and then machine stitch along each side.

2. Cross stitch the anchor design onto aida with stranded cotton following the chart. Use two strands of light blue (DMC 3325), turquoise (DMC 799), blue (DMC 798) and dark blue (DMC 792) for the waves, red (DMC 321) for the anchor, and light red (DMC 963) for the border. Machine stitch the aida to the centre of the pocket piece.

3. Machine stitch a double hem along the top edge and sides of the pocket, then sew the bottom and sides of the pocket to the bag front.

4. Place the two lining pieces right sides facing; machine stitch along the bottom and sides. Repeat for the two bag pieces. To create the base, pinch the bottom corners of the lining out, flatten and press so that the bottom and side seams align. Machine stitch 2.5cm (1in) in from the corner. Sew the bag front and back together in the same way.

5. Place the lining inside the bag, right sides facing. Place the handles between the layers of fabric on each side at the top of the bag; pin. Machine stitch around the top of the bag, leaving gap for turning. Turn the bag right sides out and push the lining inside the bag. Machine stitch around the top of the bag.

51jQAVvJYfL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_If this free project has tickled your fancy, you can find many more like it as well as paper craft projects, baking recipes and knitting patterns and more in 101 Ways to Stitch Craft Create

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