The first one completed is...
|...the Zest Tote Bag.|
This is a free JoAnn fabrics pattern for the Zest Tote Bag. This project went together easily, though I have a few suggestions to make it even easier. How about giving it a try? I don't always have long stretches of time to sew, and usually cut my fabric one evening, and take an evening or two to do the sewing.
|The fabric -- a fun print I found at a local thrift shop, along with a black piece of Essex linen from the LaFemme collection by Melissa Crowley (Robert Kaufman fabrics).|
|Are you new to sewing? When the pattern says to press the seam open...|
|...you do just that. Carefully open the seam with your fingers and press as you go. Don't get too close! ;)|
|This pattern instructs you to quilt your fabric, which then becomes the front and lining of the bag. This works great, but a quicker option would be to purchase a double-sided pre-quilted fabric.|
|While the pattern suggests marking all the quilting lines, I just mark one diagonal going each way in the center of the fabric. If your machine has a quilt guide, just put it on and adjust it to the desired width.|
|Your finished panel will look something like this (front)...|
|OK ... I'm still smiling! It really wasn't that bad. Enough is enough, though for one day! I'll show the rest tomorrow...or the next day...or...|