Saturday, July 21, 2012

How to make a Tote Bag by The Quilt Ladies

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Happy Christmas in July

 Years ago I worked at the public library in Sioux City, Iowa. They had wonderful canvas bags for the home delivery patrons and I based my pattern on what I remember about them.

How to make a Tote Bag

The Quilt Ladies Bag

How to make a Tote Bag


Cut 18 squares  assortment of colors – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Lay fabric and sew into 2, 9-patch squares



Cut 2 lining fabrics for pockets – 6 ½” x 6 ½”


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Put patchwork and lining good side to good side and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance across the top of the patch work.
Fold lining back press, and

How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Top stitch along the edge just sewn.

How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Cut 1 piece of fabric -  35” x 14”
Cut 1 piece of fabric – 35” x 3”
Sew together to form the bag.


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Cut 1 Batting 35” x 17”
Layer, batting and bag. Lay flat and press if needed. This is the time to quilt your bag, by hand or by machine.
How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

I machine straight stitched mine.


How to make a Tote Bag

Trim bag to = 34” x 16”



Cut 2 strips for the handles – 3” x 54”
Cut 2 strips of batting for handles – 1” x 54”
Press one edge of the handle in ¼” and the other edge press down 1” .


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Insert batting and fold fabric over, add top stitching.
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Lay the bag out and place pockets, measure as shown above,
Measure pockets in place, fold the pocket down and pin, sew with ¼” seam allowance.



How to make a Tote Bag

Fold back up and press.



Add handles, making sure they do not cross, pin and top stitch. Stop stitch about 2 inches from the top. Do both pockets.







Extend handles out of the bag and fold the bag in half. Sew along the bottom and side seam.



Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.

How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag



Cut lining, 34” x 16” and fold lining in half and sew along the bottom and side, leaving 2-3 inches open to turn bag right side out.



Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Turn bag with the batting on the outside, insert lining good side to good side. Sew to the top edge using ¼” seam allowance.



Pull bag right side out,
How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag Tutorial

Press top edge and top stitch.  Hand sew the lining opening closed.




Add top stitching across the handles to hold them secure.



The Quilt Ladies Finished Tote bag.


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Christmas in July 
re-post from 2011






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