I always use pattern weights and a rotary cutter to cut out my pattern pieces. It is so much faster than pinning! It also leaves the fabric flat on the cutting surface, so it doesn’t get distorted as I cut it out. This is especially helpful when sewing with knits. The fabric can stretch when scissors are slipped under it. I wanted to make my own and found this tutorial and pattern from Tea Rose Home and made a bunch! I used two fabrics from Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale collection. Each of them have 8 different prints across the width of fabric, so I got 16 different prints from two 1/4 yard cuts! Score! This would be great for applique, too!
Of course, I needed something to put them in! So I designed a tiny tote. I usually end up cutting out my patterns on the floor, so this little tote is super convenient. I toss in my pattern weights, little ruler, rotary cutter and a pencil. Then I can alter, trace and cut out my patterns keeping everything right in reach. I embellished the front with 1/2″ hexies. I was inspired by the many beautiful things on Modern Handcraft. I didn’t want too much quilting on mine so I just followed the basic lines from the negative space hexie. Then I drew one hexie on the back and quilted out from it. I used Soft and Stable by Annie’s on the inside of the tote. Like its name implies, it is soft but has the stability to keep it upright. I might make few more of these tiny totes; they are super handy.
If you want to make your own tiny tote, I wrote out a little pattern and you can download it for free here. If you make your own I would love to see it! Post a pic on Instagram with the tag #mytinytote. What would you use one for?
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