Step 1: Cut one piece of tote fabric 15 x 33 inches. Cut 2 pieces from contrast fabric, 3.5 x 24 inches.



Step 2: With right sides together, fold tote fabric in half widthwise, (folded measurements are 15 x 16.5 inches). The fold in the fabric will be the bottom of the back. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stitch the sides of the back from raw edge at the top to fold at the bottom, backstitching at each end. Finish edges


Step 3: Fold top of back to wrong side 1.5 inches and press. Then fold in raw edge .5 inch and press. On the right side, topstitch in place.


\Step 4: Make straps. Fold each strap piece in half lengthwise and stitch across long edge and one short edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim corners, turn right side out and press.

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Step 5: Turn in raw end of each strap 1/4 inch and finger press. Using a ruler as a guide, position straps on outside of bag and pin in place. I positioned my straps 3.75 inches away from the center and 1.75 inches down from the top of the bag. Do what looks right to you or, if you prefer, stitch the straps to the inside of the bag.


Step 6: Topstitch straps in place by first stitching around the overlapping area in a rectangle shape and then stitch an X across the center.


Step 7: Print the Je t’aime Maman PDF on iron-on transfer paper. Follow manufacturere’s instructions for your kind of printer and make sure to reverse the image. It’s wise to do a test print on regular paper first to make sure your settings are correct. Cut out heart shape from paper. On outside of tote bag, center iron-on paper. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to transfer design and remove paper.


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