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!
(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.
(Quilting with the Baby Lock Sashiko)
I absolutely love how the quilting turned out! It looks amazing along these strips.
(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.
(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!