machine sewing


Prepare supplies.

1. For a durable tote, choose a heavier weight white fabric such as canvas.

Hint: Since the body of the bag will be dyed, make sure you are working with a natural fibre, like cotton.

2. In addition to the supplies above, you will need a medium sized shallow bucket.


3. Cut two pieces of white canvas measuring 19” x 21” (48 x 53 cm) and four strips of green fabric measuring 2½” x 38” (6.5 x 96.5 cm).

Create straps.

1. Match two pieces of green fabric strips with the right sides together.

2. Straight stitch along long ends at ¼” (0.5 cm) seam allowance for both pairs to create fabric tubes.

3. Turn out fabric tubes, press.

4. Topstitch along both long ends at ¼” (0.5 cm).

Assemble bag body.

1. Line up white canvas rectangles with right sides together.

2. Sew along three sides at 5/8” (1.5 cm) seam allowance leaving one short side open.

3. Fold open side toward the wrong side of the bag ½” (1.5 cm) and press. Fold down again 1” (2.5 cm) and press.

4. Sew around open side to secure bag top hem.

5. Turn bag inside out. Take bottom corner of bag, and line up bottom and side seams so that the bag body is flattened into a point meeting at the corner.

6. Measure 2.5” (6.5 cm) from the point toward the inside of the bag. Sew a straight line across.

7. Repeat for opposite corner.

Hint: Feel free to use matching white thread. We chose green for visibility.

Dye bag body.

1. Protect work surface with a plastic garbage bag.

2. Follow packaging instructions on Pink Dylon dye to create a dye bath in bucket.

Hint: For more detailed instructions on dye baths, see Three Tone Shirt project.

3. Dip entire bag in dye bath for one minute.

4. Remove one third of the bag, and leave remaining two thirds suspended in bath for fifteen minutes.

5. Remove an additional third of the bag from bath, and hang over the side. Let sit for remaining 30 minutes.

6. Rinse bag thoroughly and leave to dry.

Add finishing touches

1. Pin to test best strap placement and height for you.

Hint: Straps should be secured near the top third of the bag.

2. Attach straps to bag by tucking in short ends, stitching across tucked edges and along topstitching lines on straps.

3. Use black fabric marker to draw seed print.

Hint: Use your ruler if you would like your seeds to be evenly spaced and distributed.

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