Bird in a Flower Garden (Tote or Bag?)

According to some on-line research, there is a difference between a tote and a bag.
It is a small difference, but a difference all the same.

Apparently, a tote bag is a large bag, with two handles.
Totes are usually made from cloth.
A tote has no interior or exterior pockets.
It’s purpose is to “tote” things around.

On the other hand, a handbag is usually smaller to medium-size.
It can have one or two handles.
It’s purpose is meant to carry around personal, everyday things.

The bag I made today is medium-size.
It’s made from cloth and has two handles.
It does however, have two pockets.

Bag or Tote?
Oh well…

One of my goals is to use my fabric stash.
I have quite a few floral prints, so I decided to put some
together to see what I could make.
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I started out by cutting fabric into 2.5 inch squares.
I had enough yellow floral fabric to make a 18 in. x 18 in. lining,
so I made four, 4-squares for each side.
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I made a 2.5 inch border from fabric I had used to make a quilt.

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I added denim from the fabric my sister gave me.
This is the third bag I have made from this denim.
I think there is enough to make 2 more.

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I cut the lining and make 8.5 inch pockets.
Then I sewed the two sides and the bottom of the lining using a 1/2 inch seam.
I left a 4 inch slit at the bottom in order to pull the bag through.
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I set the pockets six inches from the bottom of the lining
and drew a line in the center.
I drew a line .25 inches from the raw edges of the pocket and attach it to the centered line.

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I drew a 2.5 inch square at both bottom lining corners.

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I matched the seams and cut on the block line.
This procedure boxes the corners.
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I had originally cut two 4 inch strips to make the handles.
Then I decided to cut the strips into 2.5 inch strips and sew the length of the strips together.
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I folded the sewn strips in half and pressed.
Then I opened them up and folded each side up to the middle line.
I inserted a 1 1/4 inch strip of batting on the denim side, folded, pressed, and pinned.
I sewed a 1/8 seam to close the strips.
Then I sewed a 1/4 inch seam along both sides.
I liked the two different colors for the handles.
I cut the strip into handles measuring 24 inches.
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I stitched in the ditch.
I also added a bird button in the center on one side, and a flower button on the other side.
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Place the panels, right side together and sew along the two sides and bottom.
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Follow the same procedure for boxing the edges.

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I used the denim border seams to center the handles.
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Place the quilted bag into the lining, right sides together.
Make sure the handles are between the lining and the quilted bag.
Sew a 1/2 inch seam all around the top.

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Pull the quilted bag through the slit.
Slip stitch the slit.
I press the lining before I tuck it back into the bag.
Then I sew a 1/8 inch seam along the top.

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Summer Floral Quilted Tote

My goal is to improve the quality of the tote bags I am making.
I also am starting to create my own design, using skills I learned from making previous totes.
There was some floral and some green fabric remaining after I made this hobo bag.

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I added red and white polka-dot fabric for the bottom of the tote.
I also used  of the red and white polka-dot fabric to make the handles with two different fabrics.

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I made a double pocket on the front of the tote.

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There are two inside pockets, and three outside pockets.

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