Fresh Fabric Treats book has some great projects using Moda fabric jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc.
I used a layer cake of Deb Strain's Meadow Friends fabric by Moda.
|My First Tiny Tote|
As soon as I saw the project for the "Shirt Off My Bag" Tiny Tote, I knew I had to have it! I have made almost a dozen of them for holiday gifts.
I made a few modifications to the instructions:
|Stay Stitch the inside lining to get a crisp top edge.|
- I edge stitched the front placket and collar points.
- I stay stitched the top of the lining to the inside seams.
- I added a "collar" to the back of the shirt (bag) using the same fabric that was used in the collar.front prairie points. I cut a strip of fabric from the same layer cake layer 10" X 2". Then, I folded it in half, edge stitched, and sewed to top of shirt (bag) before handles were attached.
- The buttons looked too close together when specified as every 1". I sewed the first button 1 1/2" from the top and then the remaining 4 were placed 1 1'4 inch below the center of the button above it.
Use a seam roll or pressing ham to press afterward for a nice finish.
I will make more of these again.
I would also consider using fabric and buttons from a real shirt, previously worn by that special man in your life.
First I gotta find the one without tomato sauce. ;?p