Quilted Tote Bag


Combine two of your favorite fabrics, then blend with decorative stitching and decorative threads. The result is a personal creative statement you can take anywhere!

Materials Needed

  • ¾ yard Fabric A - (Tote mid section, handles)
  • 1-1/8 yards Fabric B - (Top and bottom bands, lining)
  • 9" zipper
  • 1/3 yard low-loft cotton batting
  • Thread to match fabrics
  • Contrast color(s) decorative thread(s)
  • Fabric marking pencil
  • 2½" x 16" Piece heavy-weight cardboard OR foam core board



NOTE: Use ½" seam allowance, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Place wrong side of 11" x 20" Fabric A pieces to matching size batting pieces. Pin.
  2. Draw vertical lines, spaced 2" apart on fabric.
  3. Straight stitch on lines drawn, through all layers, to quilt.
  4. Place wrong side of Fabric B pieces to matching size batting pieces. Pin.
  5. Using decorative threads(s), stitch several rows of decorative stitching parallel to 20" edge centered horizontally on each piece.
  6. Arrange units as shown:
    Figure 01
  7. Right sides together, stitch pieces these pieces together. Press seams open.
  8. Fold unit in half, right sides together, matching sides and top raw edges. Stitch side seams.
    Figure 02
  9. To square bottom of tote, match side seam to bottom fold and stitch across 2" down from point, as shown.
    Figure 03
  10. Repeat for other side.
  11. Turn tote to right side.
  12. Fold each handle piece in half lengthwise and press. Open pressed handle. Fold again bringing raw edges to center fold. Press each side.
    Figure 04
  13. Lift up one of the folded edges and insert batting strip under fold. Bring outer edges of each handle together- each handle should now measure 1" wide.
  14. Topstitch ¼" from each long edge on each handle.
  15. Right sides together baste ends of handle to top edge of tote front and back, as shown:
    Figure 05
  16. Turn under ½" and press on one long edge of each pocket piece.
  17. Place pressed edges of pocket pieces close to coil of zipper. Put zipper foot on machine. Stitch close to pressed edges.
    Figure 06
  18. Turn under and press seam allowance on all four sides of pocket.
  19. Place wrong side of pocket unit centered on lining and 4" from top edge. Put general purpose foot on machine and stitch pocket close to pressed edge on all sides.
  20. Right sides together, fold lining in half matching top and side raw edges.
  21. Stitch down one side. Stitch on other side leaving a 5" opening for turning.
  22. Repeat Step 9 for lining. Trim the point off from each side leaving a ½" seam allowance.
  23. Right sides together, pin lining to tote matching top raw edges and side seams. Stitch. Turn tote right side out through side seam opening.
  24. Stitch opening closed. Push lining into tote.
  25. Topstitch ¼" from top edge of tote, keeping handles free.
  26. Wrap wrong side of fabric remnant over cardboard. Using the zipper foot, stitch close to cardboard edge. Trim edge with pinking shears.
  27. Insert covered cardboard piece into bottom of tote for added stability.
    NOTE: Remove cardboard when tote is laundered.


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Compatible Machines

  • 3116 | SIMPLE™
  • 4228 | INSPIRATION™
  • 7442
  • 4220 | INSPIRATION™
  • 7436 | INGENUITY™
  • 4212 | INSPIRATION™
  • 7430
  • 4210 | INSPIRATION™
  • 7426
  • 4206 | INSPIRATION™
  • 4205 | INSPIRATION™
  • 7422 | ADVANCE™
  • CB5
  • 7466 | TOUCH & SEW™
  • 7462 | TOUCH & SEW™
  • 7444 | PRECISION™
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