“M” Marks the Spot Tote Bag

I made this canvas bag in the image of one I already had, but a bit smaller.  It is for my aunt, who’s first name begins with an M. The fabric for the M was left over from the quilt I made in the spring.  I sketched out the M onto the fabric, cut it out and attached it to the canvas using a tight zig-zag stitch.  At first I was going to attach the M on iron on interfacing and then zig-zag, but I coudn’t find my interfacing, so I skipped that and it worked out just fine.

The handles were sewn in a tube shape and turned inside out.  I top-stitched them to the white part of the bag and then seamed over them to connect the blue bottom and the white top.  I think that this should make them pretty stable.

I used french seams for all of the seams so that the canvas wouldn’t fray and make a huge mess inside the bag.  Since canvas is pretty thick, I made the initial seam small, maybe 1/4″.  Another benefit to this seaming technique is that the resulting seams should be stronger, which is great for a tote bag.

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