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Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques

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Author Precious Patterns
Price $4.49
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These adorable mini tote bags with appliqués are fun and easy to make! There are eight designs – a monkey, sheep, bear, giraffe, zebra, beetle, bumble bee and ladybug. The finished tote bags are 6” tall x 7” wide. Handles are made from 1” ribbon. All the critters have the same body/muzzle appliqué shape. Button antennae/horns plus fabric yo-yos are stitched onto the bags to create different critters. The appliqué designs can be reduced or enlarged to any size. Besides the tote bags, you can appliqué the designs on t-shirts, onesies, quilt blocks, bibs, etc. Instructions are given to sew a machine straight stitch around the appliqué designs. Other options would be to sew a machine zig-zag or satin stitch around the edges. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can embroider the blanket stitch by hand around the edges of the appliqué pieces. A diagram is included in the instructions to hand embroider French knots for eye dots. Instructions to make yo-yos are also included.

THIS 7 PAGE PDF E-PATTERN INCLUDES: full size patterns for tote bag and appliqués, materials list, detailed instructions written in English and clear step-by-step photographs.

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by Schmitt, Linda
on August 1st, 2014

These are cute and instructions easy to follow. Be prepared however, it is a time consuming project and not one that can be just whipped up as a last minute party favor gift bag. I made a few for my granddaughters birthday party, with intentions of giving one to each attendant as a gift bag. Unfortunately I started too late and realized after making a couple that I would never get all 11 of them done in time. Just a hint, start making these early!

by Lea
on March 17th, 2013

Great bags for boys!

by Jager, Carlene
on June 17th, 2012

Thank you so much for a fantastic pattern. My daughters have a few each and would like some halloween ones made up. Great little party gift also. I made it a few sizes bigger and put the present inside so they can keep the bag also.

by Fogarty, Elizabeth
on March 12th, 2012

Great pattern! Instructions are very easy to follow and these bags are adorable! They are going to be a huge hit at my son's birthday party as goodie bags!


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Materials Needed
Heavyweight fabric for tote bag – two 7 1/2” squares (duck cloth or canvas works great)
Light to medium weight cotton print or solid fabrics for appliqués – for each critter, you will need one 4” x 6” rectangle for body and one 3” x 3 1/2” rectangle for muzzle, plus scrap pieces of fabric for yo-yos
Double sided iron-on fusible web for fabric – one 4” x 9” rectangle for each appliqué
(Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 Fusible Web by The Warm Company was used for sample appliqués but any fusible web for fabric will work fine)
1” Ribbon – two 11 1/2” pieces for each tote bag (black grosgrain ribbon was used for sample totes),
3/8” ribbon – three 2” pieces for zebra mane (black grosgrain ribbon was used for sample zebra)
Buttons - two 7/16” black buttons for beetle, bee or ladybug antennae, two 9/16” orange buttons for giraffe
Horns, two 7/8” black buttons for ladybug spots
Sewing thread (sample appliqués were stitched with black thread).
Embroidery floss or perle cotton for eye dots (eyes on sample critters were stitched with #8 black perle cotton)

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