Friday, November 15, 2013

Scrappy Quilted Tote Bag


I had a bit of a change of pace this week – No quilts, but instead I worked on a scrappy quilted tote bag for a yet-to-be-revealed friend of mine.  A group of us from the Imagine circle of Do. Good Stitches bee decided to do a swap this month and this is the item I’ll be sending my partner.  I can’t reveal who it is yet, but I still wanted to show what I’ve been working on.

Scrappy quilted tote bag from A Bright Corner

I used a fantastic tutorial that Amanda (a.k.a Jedi Craft Girl) wrote on her blog.  I used her same measurements, but instead of using a solid piece of fabric for the top half of the bag I pieced that section. 

I did sketch everything out before I began, and here’s what I came up with:

scrappy tote bag front panel layout
front panel

scrappy tote bag back panel layout
back panel

First of all, I cut my low volume squares – everything is 2.5”.  You’ll need a total of 57 squares but don’t sweat – it won’t take you long to cut them. 

Then I cut the 2.5” squares of my bright fabrics. 

I put both panel arrangements up on my design wall just to make sure I liked the look.  Then I sewed them into rows.  Odd numbered rows get pressed to the left and even numbered rows get pressed to the right.  This helps the seams nestle together nicely when you’re sewing the rows together, which is the next step!  

Once the front and back panel are pieced then proceed with the rest of the tutorial as written. 

Scrappy tote bag from A Bright Corner

The bag is a medium to large size – it measures 7” deep, 14” high, and 13” wide.  It has one nice long pocket inside, which I divided into sections for pens, cell phones and sunglasses.  I think if I make this again I’ll add another pocket on the other side as well.

Scrappy tote bag from A Bright Corner

I’ve really only made a handful of bags and totes in the past several years and every time I make one I wonder why I don’t make more!  I wish I could just copy/paste this one so I’d have my own but I have a couple of deadlines calling my name this weekend. 

Scrappy quilted tote bag from A Bright Corner

To go along with the bag I’m adding a small packet of fabric and (of course) chocolate.  Everything will be in the mail tomorrow!

fat quarters of text fabrics

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday

12 comments:

  1. This is great! Thanks for sharing your own tutorial and for linking to the other one. I'd love to make my own in the future. :)

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  2. Darling! I have been asked to make some bags for an orphanage in Honduras. I think I this might be the perfect pattern. Thanks for all of your creativity that you share with the rest of us!

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  3. I love it! And such a sweet pkg deal :)

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  4. This looks like a fairly easy to put together bag. I am thinking maybe for a diaper bag for myself with those great pockets inside! I LOVE the low volume look completely too!

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  5. love this bag. I still am yet to make a bag - but I may just copy this one now :-)

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  6. Such a beautiful bag! Love the piecing and colors!

    Susie

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  7. Wow, thank you for sharing this darling tote and the diagram for your plus piecing! And your bundle of stash with a sweet candy of solids. Who can resist them?

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  8. Your choice of colors/fabrics on this are fantastic! Love your balance of low volume vs lovely colors. Excellent work, and a gorgeous bag!

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  9. I love your tote bag; the recipient is one lucky lady!! Thanks for the tutorial on the patchwork. I hope to make one soon.

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