When it is time to sew a new tote, choose a fabric border print and let the artistic design simplify the sewing process.

Border print fabrics are readily available and easy to fussy-cut. If you aren’t familiar with the term, fussy-cut, it means to feature a certain portion of the textile print in your sewing design. Using the Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Template collection, the designer upgrade is quite simple.

Supplies, fabric, and notions:


Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by Clover



Modify the Template

  • To easily fussy-cut the border print, we’ll create a full front/full back template from the provided pattern as described in the Hobo Tote: Style B.






  • Lay the bag template on the interfacing. 
  • Use a non-permanent marking pen to trace around the template marking center front/back. Notice the center is not the edge of the template, but rather the marked seam allowance line shown in yellow.






  • Flip the template to the left-hand side.
  • Align the center front markings and trace the left side of the bag.
  • Make two interfacing templates: one front and one back.






  • Cut out the interfacing templates.






  • Position each interfacing shape over the border print.





Note from Nancy: I decided to only showcase the  floral portion of the fabric design. Notice that the Peltex is positioned with the bag base plus the 1/4″ seam allowance on the green section. 






  • Cut the shape.
  • Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, following the manufacturer’s directions.






  • Repeat these steps to create a bag front and bag back.






  • Join the bag front and back by stitching the bottom seam.





From this point, the border print designer tote can be stitched following the directions for the Hobo Tote: Style B. Read more about the Hobo Tote construction on this blog post.





Watch Hobo Totes-Casual To Classic on Sewing With Nancy online.


For a chance to win a Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Bag Template from Clover Needlecraft, Inc., please leave a comment below sharing your plans to make a border print Hobo Tote Bag.

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