I knew that I would probably have to have surgery on my ankle so I had cut out some projects and organized lots of things to do to keep me from going crazy when I couldn't walk.
I had fixed up some unused quilt blocks to make a tote bag...
The blocks were kind of wild, but I used them for a cute quilt for a really special family member, Kate!
I am not sure, but I think she liked it!
I had some of this green fabric left over from another project, so I made the lining from it...
I cut the lining the same size as the two quilt blocks and then applied an iron-on lightweight interfacing to all four pieces plus the shoulder strap/handle.
I sewed the strap with a double seam, just folded it in thirds, tucking the edge under. So much easier than putting the right sides together and making a tube that had to be turned right side out! Yes, I might be lazy!
I sewed the lining and the outside right sides together and then made a square corner on each bottom corner. Sorry I didn't take pics of that.
I left a 6" gap in the bottom of the lining so I could turn the whole thing right side out when I sewed the lining to the outside.
I sewed the straps to the outside of the quilt block side
and then pinned the lining to the outside of the bag at the top, making sure that the strap was tucked safely inside.
Then I turned the whole think right side out through the hole in the bottom of the lining.
I sewed a seam about 1/2" from the edge of the top to make the top edge lie flat and I stitched the hole in the lining closed.
I made the strap long enough to use it as a cross body strap, but I can knot it for a shorter strap.