As I've mentioned in a previous blog, Maples Skies is one of my favorite collections. So when I was choosing a project in the Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders book, I decided on the Farmer's Market Tote bag.
I thought this was a good project to do using the main focal fabric, Fall Days Multi. A fun aspect of this book is that it lists many types of projects, in many different types of fabric. The tote I chose is listed under "Woven Pile" fabrics; I knew my bag would come out slightly different since I'm using our quilting cotton, but that's okay!
This project is pretty quick (although I'm not quite done and I’ll explain why later), but I'd say the whole thing only takes one day. There are no templates to use, just size measurements to cut. I decided to change a few things up a bit; the instructions ask for pre-made binding, but I wanted to use a coordinating print, so I made my own binding, using Crimson Berries in Cherry.
So, why am I not done? Well... I don't have any webbing for the straps (I still need to go buy that). But also, I've been contemplating using the same print I did the binding in, to make the straps with. Usually when I try to find webbing, the options aren't the best, so I'm thinking I'll get a neutral cotton webbing, but sew the Crimson Berries fabric on top. This way, they'll be strong, and have the coordinating print to complement the focal print.
Another reason I'm not done is, I wanted to ask your advice. In the directions, it has you top stitch down the center of the front and back sides, making 2 pockets, but leaves the box pleats to be open. Because I'm using a finer fabric than what's initially recommended, I really want to keep the box pleats intact. So, I have two ideas, 1) tack the pleats down or 2) bind the top with the coordinate Crimson Berries fabric so it keeps the pleats tacked down. I'm leaning towards the second option since it will be cute to have that fabric pop against the focal. What do you think??
The image below shows you the coordinating binding in the inside. (The pattern calls for all inside raw edges to be bound).