How to Sew a Cute Placemat Panel Tote Bag

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The Easiest Way to Sew a Placemat Panel Tote Bag

LOOKING FOR AN EASY AND UNIQUE TOTE BAG PATTERN?

A placemat tote bag is perfect for a day out, heading to yoga or bringing snacks to your child’s sporting events. Placemat panels – they’re not just for placemats for the table!

I used my September leaves fabric and placemat designs from the Monthly Placemat Program I made for Riley Blake Designs for this tutorial.


placemat panel bag supplies

PLACEMAT TOTE BAG MATERIALS:

  • Rotary Cutter, Rotary Mat & Quilting Ruler
  • (2) images from a fabric placemat panel
  • 3/4 yard fabric for lining and handles
  • (1) 20″ x 24″ fusible fleece (Pellon 987F)
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ironing Board

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
00:31 Supplies
01:00 Choosing a placemat design
01:33 Prepare the placemat panels
02:00 Pin and sew panels
02:16 Cut lining fabric
03:00 Fuse the fleece to lining
03:24 Sew outside and lining fabrics

05:41 Press seams open
05:47 Make bag handles
06:34 Clip handles to lining
07:55 Clip lining and outer fabrics together
09:21 Sew bag together
10:37 Push lining inside outer fabric
10:57 Topstitch to finish
11:17 Finished tote bags from a fabric placemat panel


I’ve designed placemat panels for every month of the year and many other themes so you could make placemat tote bags for every occasion!

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🧵 Tara Reed

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