Last Thursday I got together with my mother-in-law, Pam, to make her a quilted tote purse. I had made myself one a few months ago because I need something large enough to carry my Kindle and school books with us when we went out. She needed something large enough to carry her laptop and tablet.
She picked out her fabric, and this is what we ended up with:
It turned out very cute, and now I want to make myself another one!
To begin, we drew out a simple tote bag pattern. Basically a large, rectangle with three inch squares cut out of each bottom side. Here’s a picture to give you an idea.
Then we laid out the fabric for the inside of the tote (right side down), smoothed some quilt batting over the top of it, and then laid our decorative outer fabric over it (right side up). Just like you would do with a quilt). Then we safety pinned the whole thing, and then cut out two of our rectangle pattern pieces.
After that, we quilted it, and then serged around each piece. Pam wanted some pockets, so we made those and added them to the inside of one of the tote rectangles before we stitched them together.
To sew the bag together, we stitched up each side and then along the bottom (don’t sew the small square edges). Then we opened up the bag and, matching the side seams to the bottom seams, stitched up each square. This sounds confusing, but it makes sense when you do it.
Since the back of the quilted fabric is the inside of the tote, we didn’t have a lining, so we finished the top with binding (just like a quilt. Last we added a magnetic clasp and some straps.
Quick and easy!