Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Tote Bag for Fall

A couple of years ago, I stopped buying purses when I wanted a new one, and started making tote bags from the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, "Make 3 Totes from One Charm Pack."  (This is easy to find if you go to their YouTube channel!)

Earlier this week, I decided it was time to retire my Watermelon Tote bag that I made in July of 2016 -


and make a new one for fall!  I made this one a little taller and a little wider than the original pattern, and I liked the size and shape it became, so I did the same with my new one.

I started with 16 red, brown, and orange charms from a charm pack of Miniature Gatherings by Moda and added some of the dark red with cream stars that I had leftover from my 4th of July projects as the top and bottom borders.  


Some simple quilting to a scrap piece of batting, a coordinating lining, and a fat quarter to make some inner pockets - 


makes a very functional tote bag/purse that will last me quite a long time!  This bag measures about 15.5" wide x 12.5" tall, and 3.5" wide at the bottom.


One thing I may add that I have found helpful in the past is a magnetic clasp to keep the top of my tote bag from gaping open.  I can recycle one from an older bag that I'm no longer using - that sounds like a good Sunday afternoon project!

Linking up - Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework










10 comments:

  1. You can never have too many tote bags! 8)

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  2. A local group here in Wichita KS is making tote bags from donated fabrics to leave in grocery stores .. free.. to reduce the use of plastic sacks.

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  3. Perfect colors for fall. I should make some tote bags myself. Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial with Oh Scrap!

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  4. maybe this is why I keep buying charm packs none of which have ever been used!

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  5. I too have not bought a purse in years, probably close to 12 or more. It's fun to use and advertise we like to make things isn't it. Yours is perfect for the fall.

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  6. So pretty!! I love tote bags and have retired my "nice" purse to carry either the tote I made myself or the old diaper tote my daughter gave me - lol!

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  7. Wonderful! I love all your pockets and your colors are perfect for the fall! Hugs!

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  8. What a beautiful purse/tote. Choosing fabrics for a purse is the hardest part for me.

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  9. That is such a cute bag for fall! I think those would make great Christmas gifts...or to put gifts in!

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  10. A very cute and functional little bag. Perfect colors for fall!

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