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New Narrows Tote
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Turn one-inch strips into this stylish, textural New Narrows Tote with a fast, fun and easy quilt-as-you-go technique!

In this Learn, Make, Create! episode, quilting and sewing expert Heather Valentine demonstrates simple construction steps to master shaping the boxed corners. She also shows how to insert a magnetic bag closure for a professional finish. The pattern also includes tips to make this bag extra scrappy.

In this episode, you'll learn how to:
  • Turn straight fabric strips into a textural New Narrows Tote.
  • Use stabilizer to shape bag.
  • Create boxed corners.
  • Assorted batik scrap strips for pieced section and straps (1 5/81 3/4 yards total)*
  • 1 1/8 yards coordinating batik for lining and upper bag front*
  • 2 (19" x 20") rectangles batting
  • Thread
  • 2 (16 1/2" x 14 1/2") rectangles fabric stabilizer*
  • 1 (5/8") magnetic snap
  • Basic sewing tools and supplies
*Tonga Batiks fabric collection from Timeless Treasures; Soft and Stable fabric stabilizer from ByAnnie's used to make sample.

Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Tote Size: Approximately 12" x 16" x 4"
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