Susan from Studio708 shares a FREE pattern and tutorial on how to make an easy tote bag on the Quilters Candy blog.
I’m Susan from Studio708. After 35 years in the fashion industry, my greatest joy is helping quilters take their piecing skills into creative and new places!
Don’t get me wrong.
I love a good quilt block and a colorful quilt as much as the next quilter. But when you live in a place that’s 1,000 degrees, aka Texas, you don’t use quilts all that often. That’s why I have gotten creative with using my fabric.
One of the ways I use my fabric is making The Easy Tote Bag.
Easy Tote Bag Fabric Requirements:
Easy Tote Bag Cutting Instructions:
All measurements are listed as Width(crosswise grain) x Height(lengthwise grain).
Easy Tote Bag Quilting Instructions:
2. From the Quilted Piece cut the following:
2. Open and then bring edges into the pressed center line.
3. Place a Soft and Stable piece inside.
4. Fold in half lengthwise, enclosing raw edges.
⅛” from the outside edges
¼” from previous stitch lines toward
7. Attaching the handle to the lining side of the body. Mark in 4″ from sides.
8. Line the outside edge of the handle to the inside of the line. Clip. Baste in place.
9. Repeat on the other body piece. Set aside.
3. Press the binding toward the seam allowance.
4. Flip the border over and press the binding over the seam allowance. The seam allowance will not turn.
This will leave you a contrast trim on the right side of the border pieces.
6. With lining side of the body up, clip the unfinished border edge to the top of the bag. Stitch using a ¼” seam allowance.
7. Press border up and seam allowance toward the body of the bag.
8. Press border toward the body of the bag keeping seam allowance slightly to the back.
9. Edge stitch the border at the top of the bag, stitching through all of the layers.
12. Turn bag with right sides together. Stitch the sides and bottom of the bag with ⅜” seam allowance enclosing the raw edges.
13. Turn the bag right side out. Give it a good press. You made it. Enjoy!
The best part of making your Easy Tote Bag is bringing it out and about and having people ask, “Where did you get that bag? I need one!” If anyone wants one, you can point them here and share how fun it is to make their very own Easy Tote Bag.
I’d love to see your finished bag. Once you make your bag, share a photo with me on Instagram @studio708quilt, and use the hashtag #EasyToteBag.
December 8, 2023
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