Welcome to 1001 Peeps Summer Camp! Today we are making the Peeping Peeps zippered tote.
Lizzy House fabric
fusible interfacing (I prefer Wonder Under)
decor weight fabric (I used a solid from Ikea)
clear vinyl (I used the packaging from toddler panties)
1 zipper at least 11 inches
28" of 1" wide grosgrain ribbon (for two 14" long handles)
1 tiny bulldog clip
thread and assorted sewing supplies
Let's make a pattern!
ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1/4" AND ARE INCLUDED IN THESE MEASUREMENTS*. YOU DO NOT NEED TO ADD THEM.
bottom = 1 sheet of 8.5" X 11" office paper
top = cut 1 sheet in half lengthwise for 4.25" X 11" (fold like a hotdog bun and cut)
back = cut 1.5" off the long edge for 7" tall X 11" wide
sides = cut off the short edge for 7" tall X 8.5" wide
front side panels = 4.5" tall X 2.25" wide
front top and bottom panel = 1.75" tall X 11" wide
window = 4.5" tall X 7.5" wide
Prepare your sturdy pieces:
I generally cut my decor weight lining fabric about 1" larger on all sides, my interfacing 1/4" larger on all sides, and then my outer fabric 1/2" larger on all sides.
Iron your interfacing to your outer fabric. Let cool and peel off the paper backing. Iron your decor weight fabric to the outer fabric then pin pattern and trim to size.
bottom = cut 1 fabric, 1 interfacing, 1 liner
sides = cut 2 fabric, 2 interfacing, 2 liners (1 for each side)
back = cut 1 fabric, 1 interfacing, 1 liner
top = cut 4
front side panels = cut 4
front top and bottom panel = cut 4
Ok campers, let's do this!
Stitch 1/4" away from the edge and repeat for the other side. Unfold your side pieces and finger press. Don't get an iron near the vinyl.
*Note: At this point you can switch to larger seam allowances if you are more comfortable with that. Just be consistent from now on.
5. Attach the bottom piece to your "loop" starting with the front panel. Line your edges up. You may have to use a seam ripper to clip a few stitches from your side panel seam allowances. DON'T stitch into your seam allowance or you'll have rounded corners and puckers instead of square ones. Stitch one side at a time, lining up each edge as you go.
7. Pin your ribbon handles to the inside of the bag. The ribbons should hang down into the RS of the fabric. These are placed 2" from the edge.
8. Stitch the front panel to the top piece RST, doublestitching over the ribbons for added strength. Repeat for the back panel.
10. Reach your hand down into the bag and unzip all the way. Turn your bag inside out and pat yourself on the back, camper! You did it. Poke your fingers in all of the corners to tidy up.
Here's the whole troupe:
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July 1: Lemon Cadet
July 8: The Fat Quarterly!
July 15: Quilt Asylum.
July 22: MrsMcPorkchop
July 29: Flax and Twine
August 5: Heather alamode
August 12: Make Something
August 19: Whipstitch
August 26: Happy Zombie