My granddaughter came over last week and I showed her how to make the Rag Bag Tote. She brought over the fabric she wanted to use and I asked her what size she wanted to make her tote and we figured out how many squares she needed to cut. After deciding the size, I showed her how to use my quilt ruler and cutter to cut the strips of fabric and how to run the fabric through the Big Shot with the Scallop Square Clear Die 9This die is on page 207 of Stampin' Up!'s 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog – #115950) and I told her if she needed help with this step to ask – no help needed!

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When she finished cutting the squares (fabric and batting) I showed her that she needed to stritch an "X" on each square set (fabric outside, batting, fabric Lining) and how to sew continuously without cutting your thread between each square.

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View of stacked squares waiting to be sewed.

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After this step was completed, she arranged the squares in a pattern she liked for the front back and sides.

At this point we stopped for lunch. After lunch she began sewing the squares into rows, and then into the 3 main pieces, front, back, and side-bottom-side piece.

While Aimee was sewing the squares and strips, I cut the straps and closure. Straps are 3" x 30" – 2 are needed. and 1 1/2" x 8" for the closure.

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Once these were completed, Amiee sewed embellishments to the front of her tote As you can see in the picture above.

Here are the three sections before sewing them together:

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Aimee wanted me to sew the straps as she was not sure she could sew so close to the edge and straight. I did that for her, although I am sure she could have done it. We pinned the straps and button closure in place and she sewed the finishing seam.

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The completed Rag Bag Tote! Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and come back soon.

Jeannine Tarrio