A Quilting Journey

Bear Paw Tote Bag


This time of year I spend a lot of time in the car or on an airplane so we can attend football games.

I’m trying to get all of my magazines organized to identify what projects I realistically think I’ll attempt :). I had the great idea I can use my idle time in the car to go thru my stacks, but I needed a heavier tote bag.

While catching up on you tube videos I saw the Bear Paw tutorial from the Fat Quarter Shop Classic series and fell in love with that block!

Have you ever bought fabric – loved it at first – then in a saner moment wondered why you ever loved it? That is exactly how felt about the fabrics I used with this bag.

Mind you it’s 11 pm on a Thursday night – I just finished the last of my orders to mail on Friday before we head to New York to see the Giants play and visit with my son.

The center panel of my tote is based on this tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop.

  • I added borders to make it approximately 19 inches square.
  • Used the top piece to use as a pattern for the back and lining.
  • I used Pellon fusible fleece as the interfacing for both the front and back.
  • I used Pellon fusible Home Décor interfacing for the lining
  • Two simple pockets on the inside
  • Warm and natural batting in the handles
  • Cut in 1.5 inch to box the bottom

Although not really beautiful – it is very sturdy and suits my needs perfectly!

Bear Paw TB Front

Bear Paw TB Back

Bear Paw TB Inside

Did I mention that I found magazines from the late 80’s in my stash?:(

Until next time – live love and sew!

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