By Donna Fenske, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Create an easy and colorful tote bag with 2-1/2″ fabric strips and the Twisted Triangles Template. The Twisted Triangles Template is sized to work perfectly with precut Jelly Roll strips or 2-1/2″ strips from your fabric stash. Purchase a fabric strip pack to give your tote a coordinated look, or use leftover fabrics to give your tote panels a scrappy look.


Twisted Triangles Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



First, choose and prepare your fabrics. Select twenty 2-1/2″ strips for the tote bag, fourteen for the front and back panels, and six for the sides, bottom, and handles of the bag. Stabilize all fabrics using spray starch or a starch alternative, such as Mary Ellen’s Best Press. This reduces the stretch of the fabric and provides more accurate results.

Next, begin assembling the patchwork strata. Make two stacks of four strips each, with right sides of all fabrics facing up. Subcut each stack into 5″ segments.


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Join two of the 5″ pieces, right sides together, and stitch one of the short ends with a scant ¼″ seam to create a set. Repeat with remaining 5″ pieces. Press seams flat, then open, using your iron and a Tailor’s Clapper. The Tailor’s Clapper absorbs the heat and steam from the fabric and holds the press as the fabric cools, leaving flat, crisp seams with no shine.


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Randomly choose five sets to sew together, again using a scant ¼″ seam, to create a long patchwork strip of ten, 5″ pieces. Press seams flat, then open, on this strip. Repeat to make five additional patchwork strips, for a total of six.


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Next, cut the quilt blocks using the Twisted Triangles Template. Place the Twisted Triangles Template on a strata, aligning marks on the template with seams of the strata. Cut a total of fifty blocks.


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Arrange the blocks to create two tote bag panels. Choose twenty-five blocks each for the front and back panels of the tote bag, in five rows of five blocks each.


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Sew blocks together within each row, then join rows to complete the two panels. Press all seams flat, then open, as seams are joined.


Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Finally, join front and back sections, right sides together, following the instructions in the downloadable pattern instructions from the Infinity Tote Showcase Book.

See how simple it is to create this beautiful tote bag, and follow the easy step-by-step instructions in this video:

Twisted Triangles Scrappy Tote Donna Fenske & Nancy Zieman



Thank you Donna Fenske, from Nancy’s Notions, for today’s guest blog.

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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