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Katahdin Tote

Katahdin, pronounced “Kuh-tah-den” is the largest mountain in the State of Maine at 5,273 feet (1,607 meters) which means “The Greatest Mountain”

The outside bag design (on the left) was made with Robert Kaufman’s Rose Lemonade Roll-Up, the one on the right is Tula Pink Free Spirit fabric strips

Day 2 of 3
Thursday and Friday
May 26 & 27
9:30 – 5:30
Class Fee $85 Includes Pattern
and two stays

Instructor: Linda Gentle

All class supplies purchased at My Sewing Barn
receive a 10% discount

Day 1 is used sewing the strips around the batting or cutting 40 – 2 1/2″ strips and then sewing them

Day 2 is organizing the colors of the sewn strips onto a design wall and then sewing the strips into sets of 2, then 4, then 8, etc; then squaring the sewn strips

Day 3 is finalizing the rest of the bad

Prep-work prior to class:

  • Wind at least eight (8) bobbins unless using pre-wounds
  • Cut 40 strips of 2 ½″ by WOF (if not using a jelly roll)
  • Cut 50 yards of light weight cotton batting either 2 ¼” or 2 ½” if not using a pre-cut batting roll
  • Press all fabric with sizing spray (except when using 2 ½” jelly roll strips)

What you will need to make this fabulous traveling tote:

  • 40 strips of 2 1/2″ x width of fabric or 40 jelly roll strips (bag body)
  • 1 3/4 yards of coordinating fabric for pockets, binding, handles, inside bottom, zipper tabs, and zipper bows
  • 1 – 50 yard roll of Bosal’s Katahdin batting precut to 2 ¼” or 2 ½” or cut strips from light weight cotton batting (used for bag body, handles, and zipper tabs)
  • 5/8 yard of double-sided fusible stiff interfacing for inside bottom (Firm Flex will work)
  • matching thread 50 weight polyester preferred but 40 weight is doable
  • 30″ (minimum size) double-slide zipper with wide zipper tape
  • optional: 1/4″ plumbing tubing for stiffening handles or aquarium tubing will work too
  • Sewing machine with walking foot that can accommodate a zig-zag foot and 1/4″ foot with a guide, and the machine needs free arm capabilities; include power cord, foot pedal, sewing book, and all accessories
  • Denim sewing machine needles size: 90/16 or 100/18
  • scissors, seam ripper, pins, safety pin, rotary cutter 60mm recommended, 24″ x 36″ cutting mat, two acrylic rulers (1 large and 1 medium), cloth tape measure, disappearing fabric pen or removable chalk, teflon sheet or parchment paper, 8″x 20″ cardboard
  • Jelly Roll tube maker (highly recommended)
  • Sturdy straight pins that are long (plus 4 long-arm pins for squaring bag bottom)
  • Quick clips