Make a Generously Sized Tote from Leftovers

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Or Start with a 10″ Layer Cake!

This fun bag is fondly dubbed the Carpetbag because of it’s slightly crazy-quilt look and generous size. This is a great bag for any occasion that requires toting a lot along with you.

It’s also a wonderful project for leftover 10″ squares and other fabric scraps. Choose a prominent color to give the bag unity and then combine several fabrics to make up the patchwork.

Crazy-Patch Quilted Tote Tutorial

Crazy-Patch Quilted Tote Tutorial

Here are some great examples to get you started. See more bags here.

Crazy-Patch Quilted Tote Tutorial

Bag by Mandi.

Crazy-Patch Quilted Tote Tutorial

Bag by Lauren.

This is a simple project that goes together in just a few hours. Fusible foam and heavyweight fusible interfacing give the bag structure. The bag is fully lined and has a large inside pocket. An optional 5/8″ magnetic snap keeps the bag closed.

The instructions, by Deonn from Quiltscapes (for Olfa) are for a bag that’s 16″ x 21″.

Click here for the free “Crazy-Patch Quilted Tote” pattern.


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