Plan your next bag around a border-print fabric! Fussy cutting fabric isn’t just for quilting. Inspired by a designer handbag, I knew a readily-available border-print will make quick work of the fussy cutting. 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:

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.

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 reply to; what style handbag, tote, or purse would you like to sew?

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by Clover

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