A Quilted Tote Bag – Using the Baby Lock Sashiko

August 29, 2022

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Make a Quilted Tote Bag Using the Baby Lock Sashiko.  I’ve made a few quilted tote bags recently and wanted to make one with Sashiko quilting.  I was excited to use the Baby Lock Sashiko for this project and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

close up of quilted bag

A Quilted Tote Bag- Using the Baby Lock Sashiko

I *loosely* followed a tutorial by Amy of Ritual Quilt Company that was recently featured on the Quilters Candy Blog. This is a great tutorial if you want to make a quilted tote!  Instead of using charm squares, I used some leftover strips from a FQ bundle. I also made my own handles using solid quilters cotton.  My bag ended up just a bit shorter and I added an inside pocket. I think it turned out great and I can’t wait to make more!

hanging bag front

                                                        (My finished quilted tote bag!) 

It was super easy to use the Baby Lock Sashiko to quilt the outer pieces of my bag.  I just lined the presser foot along the seam and sewed in a straight line on either side.  The edge of the presser foot is ¼” from the needle, making this perfect for quilting ¼” on either side of the seams.

Close up of machine

                                                   (Quilting with the Baby Lock Sashiko)

I absolutely love how the quilting turned out! It looks amazing along these strips.  

Close up of sewn strips of fabric

                         (Fabric: “The Ladies Stitching Club” by Oliver + S for Moda Fabrics)

I love pockets in tote bags so I decided to add one to the inside of this one.  Also, I added a little extra Sashiko stitching along the edges and center of the inside pocket.  I reduced the stitch length as well as the gap length just a bit to create smaller stitches on the pocket. 

                                  (Lining and Pocket Fabric: Ruby Star Society “Heirloom”)

I finished my Quilted Tote using the Baby Lock Sashiko to topstitch around the opening for a polished look. Honestly, I was a little concerned about sewing through all the layers (double of everything because of the top seam), but it worked out great! I just went extra slow over the side seams and didn’t have any trouble.

Close up of sewing machine

                                          (Finishing the topstitching around the opening)

And that’s it!  I love that I was able to use the Baby Lock Sashiko for this project.  The stitching is beautiful on this bag and I love how easy and quick it was to use the Sashiko for my Quilted Tote Bag!

back of finished tote bag

                                         (The other side of my finished quilted tote bag!) 

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