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Friday Finishes – Quilted Tote Bag

Happy Friday!

My youngest turns 30 next week and I will turn 60 at the end of the year! Kids and I decided to take a mini beach vacation this weekend to celebrate both milestones 🙂

I needed a larger tote bag for all my beach necessities ♥

I just finished taking a wonky log cabin class at our LQS and decided to use those blocks to make the tote. I used leftover layer cake squares cut into 2.5 inch strips to make the blocks. It was a fun technique to learn, I am a creature of habit so my blocks tend to look the same — but I’m OK with that.

I had 12 blocks finished — not exactly beach colors but what the heck!

  • I used 9 blocks for the front and 3 on the back.
  • The blocks were 6.5 inches unfinished.
  • I added borders around the blocks to make a 20 inch square
  • Quilted the front and back using fusible foam – Pellon Brand
  • Created the lining (20 x 20 inch square) fused with Shape Flex Interfacing – added pocket 14 x 20 inches –subdivided into 4 sections
  • Sewed front pieces to back pieces for both the exterior fabrics and lining, leaving an opening on the lining for turning
  • Cut out a 3 inch square for boxing out corners
  • fabric for handles 5 x 30 inches – I used fusible fleece in the handles
  • fabric for button loop 4 x 10 inches – used shape flex interfacing
  • assembled the bag normally and edge stitched around the top
  • finished size 19 x 16 – I still need to find a button 🙂
wonky log cabin tote bag
wonky log cabin blocks
wonky log cabin tote bag
wonky log cabin tote bag back

I’ve made several totes in the past, this was the first time I used foam. It was wonderful to work with. The body of the tote is amazing — soft and very sturdy — stands on its own.

Hopefully hurricane Barry doesn’t interfere with the kids flying out of Houston — if not I will post a picture of us next week.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

We had a few scary moments earlier this afternoon when a tornado touchdown near our city here in Florida.  Thankfully no damage!

I spent most of the week relaxing and making travel plans.  After reading Wendy’s post DrEAMi ( Drop Everything and Make It) I realized I needed a tote bag for our road trip next week.

I made two test bags, one with batting and one with heavy interfacing.  I added pockets to each bag and made a matching phone cover for the one made with batting.  I’ll need to purchase buttons this weekend to finish them.  So far I prefer the one with batting it stands on its own and seems to be quite sturdy.

Library Bag Monogram

Library Bag Monogram

 

Library Bag Phone Cover

Library Bag and I Phone Cover

 

I didn’t use a pattern or a tutorial for either – What’s your favorite tote bag pattern or tutorial?

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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