Colorful Dresdens are a fun way to dress up any pre-made tote bag. This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions, an excellent place to find any item for the sewing enthusiast!
Through conferences and giveaways, I have found myself the owner of a plethora of reusable tote bags. I like using them for grocery shopping, but sometimes I wish that they were a little cuter and more colorful. Last week, while cleaning out my fabric stash, I realized that I have enough scraps to make designs perfect for embellishing this collection of tote bags. This is also a good method for covering up any symbols that you’d like to cover on pre-made tote bags.
For this project, I’m using the Dimensional Dresden Template from Nancy’s Notions. If Dresden making has ever intimidated you (it has me!), this template is the answer. I whipped up the Dresden and completed this project during the kids’ free play time, making this craft perfect for busy moms who still want to sneak in a little sewing time.
- Dimensional Dresden Template from Nancy’s Notions
- Coordinating fabric scraps or charm pack
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary cutter
- Self-healing mat
- Hand sewing needle
- Coordinating thread
- 6″ by 6″ piece of coordinating felt
- Fabric glue
- (3) large buttons
Use the Dimensional Dresden Template to cut out the wedges. I cut these at the 2 1/2″ mark with a rotary cutter on a self-healing mat. I lined the 2 1/2″ mark up to the edge of the fabric piece and cut around the edges of the template.
Continue cutting until you have the number of wedges needed to complete the Dresden. For this project, I cut 13.
Fold each wedge in half and stitch along the top edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn the sewn top edge so that the right side of the fabric is open. The sewn edge will fold under and form a nice point that looks like a flower petal!
Continue this with all wedges. At this point, I like to lay out my wedges and see how I would like to arrange them prior to sewing.
Take two wedges and place them right sides together. Sew along one long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Continue doing this, connecting all the wedges until they are sewn together.
To form the center, I followed the instructions in the Dimensional Dresden Template instruction manual for the Yo-yo Decorative Center.
Now, let’s attach all of these pieces together! Cut a piece of felt about 2″ in diameter larger than the opening in the center of the Dresden. Adhere this felt piece to the wrong side of the Dresden with fabric glue. Make sure that the fabric glue is only near the edge of the fabric.
To attach the yo-yo to the center, use a needle and coordinating thread. Hand sew through the felt and the inner folded edge of the yo-yo so that the stitch is not seen from the front side of the Dresden.
Hand sew the buttons to the center of the Dresden.
Use fabric glue to adhere the Dresden to the fabric tote bag. Let the glue dry completely before using.
The fabric is still flexible so that the bag can be collapsed and stored in a car, closet, etc.
Are you ready to design your own Dresdens for tote bags, quilts, table runners, and more? Get 44% off the Sewing with Nancy Dimensional Dresden Template through July 30, 2017!