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Biggy Bag - Large Tote Beginner Sewing Pattern pdf

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Author Get Sewing! with Barbara Edmondson
Price $6.00
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This very popular pattern is suitable as a FIRST sewing project. It contains three pages in all, with two pages full of clear, large print, step-by-step instructions with drawings.

Skills covered: finding fabric grain, cutting straight, measuring & pinning folds, sewing straight next to fold, ironing, inserting elastic and cord.

This bag opens very wide when you lay it down. It would be great for the beach, or to carry groceries, or to transport a quilt or blanket or books to a sleepover party. Two sides have elastic. The other two sides are drawn up by the cord, which you can spread out wider when you set it down.

What fabric would you choose? Imagine college logos! You could patch fabrics together, like denim squares from old jeans.

I've been teaching sewing for more than four years. Most of my students make this bag, no matter their age. I design patterns for beginners to learn from.

You can print it out on 8.5x11 inch paper.

by Ackerman, Cheryl
on August 29th, 2012

Super easy project. Great instructions!!


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1 yard woven fabric. If you want a smaller bag, get ¾ yard. You can use cotton. Your bag will be stronger if you use a heavy fabric, like denim or twill, or decorator weight fabric that is about 43-45 inches wide. A one-way directional print will not look good.

Thread to match or blend.

1 yard pkg or just 20 inches of woven, non-roll elastic 1 or 1+¼ inch wide

2 yards thick cord like decorator rope

A machine needle size 90/14 or, if you use denim or twill, use a 100/16 needle.

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