Sew a Quick Hostess Tote Nancy Zieman



The giving season is just around the corner. Each Saturday, for the next few weeks, I’ll share a quick and easy sewing project–ideal for gift giving. Each gift is inspired by one of the projects featured in my new book, Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts to Sew Book Plus I’ll add Blog Exclusive Tips in each posting.

The original wine tote in the book uses two coordinating cotton fabrics. My new version shown pictured above, uses double faced quilted fabric and bias trim. Follow my tips below for sewing a really fast hostess tote with pre-quilted fabric.

Supplies:

Sewing Tutorial:


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Lay the pattern on the fabric–place top handle on fold. Cut one on fold.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Blog Exclusive: Cut one 10″ x 5″ front pocket.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Meet right side bias tape to pocket wrong side. Stitch edge of bias tape to pocket top edge using 1/4″ seam.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Fold bias tape to front and topstitch to pocket top near edge of bias.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • At lower pocket edge, press under 1/4″ towards back.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Pin pocket to tote front 2-3/4″ from lower edge. Topstitch pocket to tote at sides and across lower pocket.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Create two pockets by topstitching down center front pocket.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Stitch bias tape to curved handle edges using bias techniques above.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Fold tote right sides together and serge or zigzag sides and lower edge.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • At each corner, fold tote so side seam stacks on top of lower edge seam, forming a triangle. Place a mark 1-1/4″ from edge.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



  • Stitch along the curve. Repeat on opposite corner. Trim excess fabric and serge or zigzag.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Sew an Easy Hostess Tote



Combine an hour of sewing time with a few simple supplies. The result: An attractive hostess tote. Fill with your favorite recipe, ingredients and kitchen gadgets. Or add a favorite bottle of wine, bread and cheese and voila! You have an ideal festive gift.


Sew a Quick Hostess Tote Nancy Zieman



30 Gift Ideas in One Book!

Sewing With Nancy 30th Anniversary imageYou may have read in previous blogs that November is National Sewing With Nancy Month! (This blog may be the only place that’s doing the celebrating! Oh well.) It’s a self-proclaimed  celebration of  Sewing With Nancy’s 30th anniversary on TV. Part of the celebration was to put together a book. Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts to Sew Book. If you like the quick gift I’ve shown you in this blog, there are 29 more options just waiting for you to stitch!


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