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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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