my daughter has followed in my footsteps with her love of handbags. this cute tote was created especially for her but i've been known to take it when she's not around and use it as my own little bag. :)



starting your petals

you will need:

-an art canvas tote

-1/8 yard of each fabric.

-equal amount of the fusible pellon webbing for each shade of fabric.

-frixon erasable pen

-thread close in color to the shade of each of your petals




use this template to create your petals.

trace your petals

using your template trace on your pellon fusible webbing 20 petals leaving at least 1/2" between each petal.

-then place your fusible webbing ontop of your first 1/8 yard of fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up at you.


-using your drawn lines as your guide, sew ON the petal lines.
-you are going to do this for all your petals.

-from your light pink shade of fabric sew 3 petals

-from your medium pink shade fabric sew  7 petals

-from your dark pink shade fabric sew 9 - 10 petals (i only used 9 but if you want to place the last one because you want to add more fullness to the flower do so!)

cut out petals

now you are giong to cut out all your petals leaving at least 1/8" seam allowance.

turn inside out petals

-once you have your cut out petals, gently pull your interfacing away from the fabric.
-with scissors, cut a small long slit in the middle of the webbing.

pull out corners

-turn inside out, use a straight pin to pull out those pesky points.

start placing your petals

-start placing the lightest petals in your right hand bottom corner.

keep going!

-grab the other shades and start fanning out your petals by placing them in between and slightly under the first set of petals.

*play around with your placement! (if you notice i started off with only 6 of the medium shade petals but in the end i added the 7th one. it's your call!

- after all of your petals are placed where you want them grab your iron and on the highest setting press your petals onto the bag.

*make sure you steam is off! the steam will melt webbing on the surrounding petals before you adhere it to the bag.

*hand applique petals onto bag

now i know hand applique sounds scary but really we're not going GOING there we're just adhereing the petals down onto the bag by appliqueing crucial parts of the petals. oh and by the way applique isnt that scary when you do it this way either. it's kind of cool.

- make your first stitch by bringing the needle up through the inside of the canvas bag, its tip emerging a tiny bit to the side of one of the petals. (i started with the outer most petals on the points.)
-insert the needle back into the canvas, right next to the place where it emerged.(NEXT to it not right through the same place)

-you'll want to place your next stitch about 1/2" from the first one. normally in applique you would want much smaller stitches but because we've alreay "glued" them down your stitches dont have to be that small just in the crucial places.

-only go about halfway down with your needle and bring it back up about 1/4" from your first stitch. (the picture above shows what i am describing, just in a different part of the petals)


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Discussion 8

  • Helen Mclaney commented 8 years ago

    This tote bag is so pretty. I'm not the greatest at sewing so I used felt and a glue gun instead! It worked great and I can't wait to give it to my sister as a gift. 

  • Meg commented 8 years ago

    This is very cute, I really want to make it!

  • Carley Struve commented 8 years ago

    OOPS! I realized that you did press, sorry, my bad!! Now I get it! Well done!

  • Carley Struve commented 8 years ago

    This is very cute! I love the colours! I am just puzzled, however, because you used fusible interfacing but didn't fuse it in any of the steps! I thought perhaps you were going to sew and turn to get the finished edges and then fuse. Just curious!!


  • Nora commented 8 years ago

    This is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Sew4my3 commented 9 years ago

    Great tutorial! The bag is so cute and I could see this detail being used on some throw pillows.

  • sally commented 9 years ago

    Ooh this is so cute. I adore the ombre colors of the petals. Your daughter has great style and it looks like she has a successful career ahead of her.

  • Katie Lukianov commented 9 years ago

    LOVE it! And I just learned a new appliqué technique. Thanks!

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