Have you ever had a bundle of fat quarters that you loved but weren’t sure what you wanted to make with them? How about creating your own fabric from them and using them for a quilt project.
How about creating a tote bag!
That is exactly what I did with a huge fat quarter bundle of fabrics that I won.
Especially when you have a helper like cute little Simon! Sometimes having an assistant can make quilting a little difficult. Thank goodness he is cute!
This was a 30 fat quarters bundle of Lark by Amy Butler, that I won in February. See that little earbud set….that will be going along with me this weekend so I can watch some videos when I have high-speed internet!
I have to admit that I was so excited to win this great bundle of fabric but when I got it I had no idea of what to make. I don’t usually go for big prints and to me I couldn’t see how they all coordinated……so the fabrics sat in my stash.
Well I decided I needed a bigger tote bag for this weekend as we are going to Missouri Star Quilt Co. so I pulled out this bundle and started cutting.
Cutting the fabrics
I cut the fat quarters into 5″ squares and decided I wanted to add a sashing strip between the squares.
I have a pretty good selection of fabrics and I wanted to use only fabric from my stash.
I had a fat quarter of solid Indigo Quilter’s Candy that I had bought from Connecting Threads last year so I cut it into 1½” strips and added it between the blocks. Of course I didn’t have enough…..now what to do??
Digging further in my stash I found a turquoise that was at least 15 years old but matched perfectly. Good thing I hang on to all of my fabrics! You just never know when they might come in handy!
I cut it into 1½” strips.
The funny thing was, the more I worked on it; the more I liked the combination of prints and couldn’t wait to quilt up my fabric!
Still working with my stash I pulled out a piece of solid red…..another really old piece and used it for the back. Feeling it I am sure this is actually Palencia which is a blend of polyester and cotton that I used as lining in clothes many years ago….we just won’t tell anybody about the polyester!
I did some fast free motion quilting on my 15-91 Singer sewing machine using Warm & Natural batting.
I love the way it looks! Contemporary and modern fabric here I come!
While we Builder Bob was grilling dinner I brought it out on the deck to figure out how I wanted to straps. I didn’t use a pattern for this………..just the idea in my head so who knows how it will turn out!
I’ll have to show you what the tote looks like…..believe me I’ll be able to fit lots of goodies in it this weekend when I go to the Missouri Star Quilt Co. grand opening!
My new tote bag is empty and ready to go for a trip to Missouri Star Quilt Co! We are leaving early this morning, we’ll take our time and just stop whenever we see something interesting. We’ll stay in Chillicothe, MO tonight which is real close to Hamilton, MO where Missouri Star Quilt Co. is…….can’t wait!
I decided to make this at the last moment and didn’t use a pattern but I have written lots of notes to myself of things I will do a little differently next time.
The straps could be just a little shorter and I normally use a heavier interface but was out of it. It will be a bit before I do a tutorial but will do it eventually.
I still have lots of Lark by Amy Butler so I’m sure I’ll be making other things with it.
I didn’t want a lining in this tote and I added the zippered pocket as an afterthought. I made it big enough to hold my glasses, wallet, and keys.
I also added binding around the top edge with interfacing in it.
To give the bottom support I used a old piece of cutting mat and made a sleeve to cover it. Those old mats come in handy for so many things!
I won some vintage buttons last winter and I used one on the outside pocket.
Next time I will add binding on the top of the pocket as an accent.
Simon, you are not coming with us!! Maybe he is just inspecting it……looks like it needs to be wider if I’m carrying him in it.
Get creative and create your own fabric for a tote bag!
Be sure and check out my fabric baskets tutorial that is fast and easy to make in several different sizes. This is a great way to use some of the leftover fat quarters!
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