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How to make a Teapot Shaped Tote Bag

Cut 2 each of inside and outside fabrics, batting. handle arc; cut three 4" by 42" fabric width for full length straps or cut 2 4" by 36" fabric width for shorter straps. Make inside pockets as you would for the Teapot Purse.  If you'd like you can cut rectangles for outside pockets...very cute.
I like to make straps that travel the full length of this tote. If you decide to make shorter straps like the Tea Carrier Tote then I would suggest finishing off the top with two or three rows of top stitching.

I like to join the fabric with a diagonal seam; however you can use a straight seam if you wish.
Position full length straps and sew them on both sides of the face fabric before you sew the tote together. Pin the straps in place. I sew up from the bottom, across and then down the other side. I like to fasten the strap no closer than 2" from the top to allow room for closing stitches.

If you have made an outside pocket, now is the time to position and sew it.
See Teapot Pillow for locating and sewing handle. See Tea Carrier Tote for general assembly information.

Here is a pix of the inside and outside married together. You can see the strap and the allowance for top stitching. You can use either a decorative or straight stitch to close.
Yes, this looks a lot like the Teapot Purse (my next pictorial project). That "How to" will show inside pocket placement pockets which, if you'd like, you can use with a teapot tote or any tote you make.

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