Fussy cutting fabric isn’t just for quilting! After finding inspiration from a designer handbag, I knew a border print would present a great alternative to a plain bag.

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. In this bag design, we feature the border. Using the Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Template collection, the designer upgrade is quite simple.

Supplies, fabric, and notions:

  • Pellon Peltex Interfacing
  • Fine-tip non-permanent marking pen
  • Border Print FabricNote from Nancy: Use the fabric requirements listed on the Hobo Tote pattern. Keep in mind you may need extra yardage to center the design. The fabric from Lecien is, unfortunately, no longer available. Shop at your local fabric retailer for the newest in border prints. 
  • Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Bag Template

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by CloverModify 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.

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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.

Nancy Zieman's Blog Giveaway WinnerWe have three random winners from last week’s blog that showcased my three new bodkin tools. Each winner receives one of the bodkin tools courtesy of Clover Needlecraft, Inc. The winner of the:

  1. Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin is Maryellen who said: This is so exciting! I’ve been sewing forever and usually dread threading elastic through a casing. The safety-pin method rarely works without a tweak or two and makes the job more time-consuming than it needs to be. I guess that can be in the past tense now with these new tools! Great ideas, Nancy!
  2. Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin is Katie who said: These tools seem like they would cut my time and frustration in half! I probably spend as much time threading the elastic as I do sewing the casing. I hope to be able to make it a 10–15 minute sewing task!
  3. Elastic Lock Set is Kathy Smigen who said: These tools would be so useful sewing 18″ doll clothes. I end up having the end of my elastic slip back into the waistband! So frustrating! I also have a long skirt that the 2″ elastic turned over on itself in the waistband. I’m going to have to open the seam allowance and adjust the elastic and the elastic lock would be so helpful when doing this to keep the rest of the elastic in the right orientation. Thank you for your great products, sewing tips, and directions.

Reread last week’s blog to learn more about these new bodkin tools.

Bye for now,

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