Hello, and welcome to the Color Block Tote Sew A Long! I am Lisa of Aivilo Charlotte Designs, and I'm so happy to be sewing with you this week! Be sure to join me on Facebook so you can ask questions or just chat about the Sew A Long. You can find the pattern exclusively at Create HOPE Designs. While you're there, you'll want to check out the other wonderful patterns - and remember that all proceeds help children in need around the world!
Let's get started! Today, we're going to cut out the pieces to make our totes. Follow the chart on page 3 of the pattern to cut your pieces. I'm working on a trick-or-treat bag for my 3 year old, so I'll be making a small size bag. She loves ruffles, so I'm going to add a little ruffle between the main pieces of the exterior - I cut two pieces measuring 2 1/2" x 24" for the ruffles. If you want to add a ruffle to the large tote, I'd recommend two 3" x 32" pieces for a 1" tall ruffle, or 4" x 32" for a 1 1/2" tall ruffle; the directions will be the same no matter what size you choose.
When all of your pieces are cut, you'll have a nice little pile like this: