BODY OF BAG:
First you will need to cut 8 squares of denim. I cut mine 7" square, which resulted in a 12' square bag, with 1/2" seam allowances.
Then lay out your squares.
Now to add the bird applique. You can find the pattern here. bird applique
Cut one of the body and one of the wing.
First, using a zigzag stitch, stitch the wing to the body. Like so.
Next, stitch the bottom seam, press, and topstitch. Then stitch the side seams.
Now we need to make a gusset to help give the tote a bottom. With the bag wrong side out, line up the side seam to the bottom seam to create a triangle, pin, and mark 1" from the outside edge. Here's a picture to help.
Turn under about 1/2" inch on top side of bag and hem.
Now cut two strips of denim that measure about 4"x27". Press the strips in half long ways, then fold in from each side to meet the first press, and press. It should look like this.
Now, at the top of the bag, measure in 1 1/2" from each side seam and place a pin. I'm going to call this a "pin fence". Normally I would say measure and pin the handle to the bag, but that many layers of denim is awful thick to pin through. So, I make a pin fence and hold the handle in place while I stitch it.
And that's it. Now you can go shopping with your brand new tote!
I plan on adding some more applique patterns in the future so keep watching for them. :)