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

Border print fabrics are 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, a border print designer upgrade is quite simple.

Supplies, fabric, and notions:

  • Pellon Peltex Interfacing: One-Sided Fusible
  • Fine-tip non-permanent marking pen
  • Border Print Fabric

      Use the fabric requirements listed on the Hobo Tote pattern. Keep in mind that 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.

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 Peltex 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 Peltex interfacing templates: one front and one back.

  • Cut out the Peltex interfacing templates.

  • Position each interfacing shape over the border print.
     Nancy 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 Peltex 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.

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 Hobo Tote stitching plans.

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by Clover

Nancy Zieman's Blog Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge from Clover,  is Ellen.
Clover's 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy

Her comment is: Thanks for the inspiration! I will use this to make gifts for graduates going to college or to their first home away from home. My kids may find these bags helpful for carrying pet supplies when traveling–one for cats and one for dogs!


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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