My favorite go-to end of year teacher gift is a quilted tote bag. I like this because it’s become quick and easy and it’s very customize-able. This year, I found my lining fabric first–the rulers, which are perfect for a math teacher–then saw this amazing turquoise burlap. Whoa!
I’d never worked with burlap, so obviously I’d never made a bag with burlap. This would require me to think a few steps backwards. Like, the lining would have to be the quilted part instead of the burlap.
Then I realized that due to the nature of the burlap, once I quilt the lining to the batting, if I were to keep it that way, the other side of the batting would be exposed. That just won’t work.
I had also purchased some stabilizer for some t-shirt quilts I plan to make, so I decided to use that for the exposed side of the batting and it worked like a charm! And, it gave me a perfect canvas to draw my quilting lines!
I always box my corners to make the bag sit flat.
Here is my lining and outside before they are put together:
I added a small stripe of the ruler fabric and made sure to add a blanket stitch to the burlap for much needed added sturdiness.
Next, more thinking–where do I add the straps (I use belt rope) so that when I turn it right side out it’s right. thinking thinking Got it!
The straps are a little longer than I usually make them, but I tend to forget what usually is, so it doesn’t really matter. She can actually wear this cross-body if she’d like.