Puffy Tote in Nani Iro’s Quilted Double Gauze
Nani Iro’s Quilted Double Gauze is just one of those fabrics that makes you want to sew! The prints and colors are absolutely beautiful, and if you’re long on inspiration but short on time, the fact that it’s pre-quilted opens up a world of potential.
Just add bias tape and make a quick-as-a-wink quilted blanket. Whip up a cute little baby jacket in no time flat. Or try this super adorable Puffy Tote!
With the fabric doing most of the work for you, our Puffy Tote in Nani Iro’s Quilted Double Gauze couldn’t be easier to make, and we love its unique structural charm… Like a soft and puffy cloud that happens to hold all your stuff! -Molly
- ½ yard of Nani Iro’s Quilted Double Gauze. We used Pocho in Ecru/Gold, Pocho in Gray/White, and Bird’s Eye in Moe Gray/Yellow.
- 4 yards of Purl Soho’s Bias Tape in Natural 2 yards of Purl Soho’s Cotton Webbing in Natural
- One 110-yard spool of Gutermann’s Cotton Sewing Thread. We used color 1040.
- An erasable fabric marker
Finished Dimensions: 11 inches wide at the bottom and 15 inches wide at the top X 15 inches tall X 5 inches wide
Use your machine’s walking foot for all of the sewing in this pattern.
From the fabric, cut…
- An 18 x 36-inch rectangle, with the quilting lines running horizontal to the 18-inch sides
From the bias tape, cut…
- Two 18-inch lengths
- Two 38-inch lengths
From the webbing, cut…
- Two 26-inch lengths
Orient the fabric so its wrong side is facing up. Unfold one long edge of an 18-inch length of bias tape, and with its wrong side facing up, pin the bias tape’s raw edge flush along an 18-inch edge of the fabric. Note that the right side of the bias tape faces the wrong side of the fabric.
Sew along the bias tape’s crease, as shown above.
Pull the folded edge of the bias tape over to the right side of the fabric. Pull it so that the folded edge is just a bit beyond the seam you just sewed. Pin this fold down.
Edgestitch along the edge of the fold to sew down the second side of the bias tape.
Using the second piece of 18-inch bias tape, bind the other 18-inch edge of the fabric in the same way.
Next, pin one of the longer pieces of bias tape to a long side of the fabric in the same manner. Here, the bias tape is 2 inches longer than the fabric, so leave 1 inch of bias tape overhanging at each end of the fabric.
Sew this tape down along the fold, just as you did for the other sides.
Pull the folded edge of the bias tape over to the right side of the fabric, and pin it down as you did for the other sides, except before you pin down each end, fold the 1-inch overhang under to neatly finish.
Edgestitch along the edge of the fold.
With the remaining piece of bias tape, bind the second long edge of the fabric in the same way.
This is now the Bag Panel, and it’s ready to sew…
Fold one of the short sides of the Bag Panel 1 inch towards the wrong side. Press and pin this fold into place.
With the wrong side of the Bag Panel facing up, insert one of the raw ends of one of the webbing pieces under the fold, 4 ½ inches from the left corner. Pin the webbing into place.
Then, making sure not to twist the webbing, insert the second raw end under the fold, 4 ½ inches from the right corner. Pin it into place, as well.
Sew down this fold just above the top edge of the bias tape.
Flip up the webbing so that it’s lying above the Bag Panel and pin it in this orientation.
To secure the handle, sew a seam a ¼-inch from the top fold along this whole side.
Repeat these steps on the opposite 18-inch side of the Bag Panel, folding the bound edge and adding the handle.
Now fold the Bag Panel in half, right sides together, so that the edges with the handles meet up. Press this fold and pin the left and right sides together.
Sew each pinned side together with a 1-inch seam allowance. This is now the Bag.
Create the Boxed Bottom
Open up the Bag so that one of the side seams is lying on top of the Bag’s bottom fold so that the corner is a 90-degree angle and the side seam bisects it. Fold the side seam allowance to one side (it doesn’t matter which side). Now, draw a line that is perpendicular to the side seam at the spot where the left edge of the corner is five inches from the right edge.
Pin the two sides of the Bag together along this line and then sew along the line.
Repeat for the opposite corner of the Bag.
Now turn the Bag right sides out. The boxed corners fold automatically to the bottom of the Bag, and you’re all done!