What do you think? I decided to make a large tote bag to carry my quilting supplies in when I go to class. My family thinks it looks like a beach bag. O.K. – maybe I could use it for that too. It took a while to make, as I didn’t have a pattern (go figure, why would I?). I just had an idea – that’s all any project really needs to get started.
This is how I did it. I cut 2 1/2″ strips of 7 different fabrics – 11 for the front, 11 for the back, and 4 for each side. The bottom is 8″ x 22″. I cut 2 – 5″ x 21″ for the handles. I also cut 2 1/2″ strips to make my bias tape for the top. The front pockets are a 7″ x 22″ piece of material with a medium weight stabilizer as the batting and stitched to match the tote. The inside pockets are 8″ H. I used some leftover polyester batting and some remnants for the lining.
The front, sides, back and bottom were each sandwiched and quilted separately 1/2″ apart vertically. I then did my machines version of serging, using the M foot (overcast foot) on each piece all the way around. I added a piece of batting in the handle to make it padded. The finished tote measures 21″L x6″D x 17″H.
I love my fabric choices and I wish I had some leftovers so I could make another one, only smaller. I haven’t used it yet for class. Right now it is holding a quilt top, finished and needing to be sandwiched. I guess I best get busy! Happy Sewing and Quilting. Kathryn