Handy Crafty Tote + Bonus Card Project,

Make this spa­cious tote in time for your next quilt­ing class. The roomy in­side pock­ets are per­fect for rulers, mark­ers or any sup­plies needed.

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• 1/4 yard black solid • 3/ 8 yard co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric for outer pocket* • 2/ 3 yard muslin • 3/4 yard ruler print* • 11/4 yards co­or­di­nat­ing lin­ing fab­ric* • Crib-size bat­ting* • Thread • 1 yard wo­ven fusible in­ter­fac­ing* • 3 yards black wo­ven strap­ping • Key latch hard­ware (op­tional) • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

*Eclec­tic El­e­ments fab­ric col­lec­tion by Tim Holtz for Coats; Quil­ters Dream bat­ting; wo­ven fusible in­ter­fac­ing No. 300 from Bosal used to make sam­ple.


From black solid:

• Cut 1 (21/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 4 (21/2" x 81/2")

pocket trim strips. • Cut 1 (21/2" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strip.

From co­or­di­nat­ing pocket fab­ric:

• Cut 1 (81/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 4 (81/2") outer

pocket squares.

From muslin:

• Cut 1 (20" by fab­ric width) strip.

Sub­cut strip into 2 (20") back­ing squares.

From ruler print: • Cut 1 (20" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (20") outer tote squares. • Cut 1 (3" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 1 (3" x 5") rect­an­gle for op­tional key fob loop.

From co­or­di­nat­ing lin­ing fab­ric: • Cut 2 (181/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 2 (181/2" x 171/2") tote lin­ing rec­tan­gles and 2 (181/2" x 141/2") in­side pocket rec­tan­gles.

From bat­ting: • Cut 2 (20") squares for outer tote.

From wo­ven fusible in­ter­fac­ing: • Cut 2 (71/4" x 181/2") rec­tan­gles. • Cut 2 (81/2" x 10") rec­tan­gles.


1. Pin-baste a bat­ting square be­tween a muslin back­ing square and an outer tote square. Quilt as de­sired. 2. Trim the quilted square to 181/2" x 171/2" for quilted outer tote piece. 3. Re­peat steps 1 and 2 to com­plete a sec­ond quilted outer tote piece.


1. Us­ing a pen­cil, mark a 3" square at each bot­tom cor­ner of each quilted outer tote piece re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1 for po­si­tion­ing. Cut out cor­ners.

2. Re­peat step 1 with the two tote lin­ing rec­tan­gles.

3. Fuse a 71/4" x 181/2" fusible in­ter­fac­ing piece to the wrong side of each 181/2" x 141/2" in­side pocket rect­an­gle, align­ing the in­ter­fac­ing along the 181/2" edge as shown in Fig­ure 2.

4. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 3, fold a fused rect­an­gle in half with the in­ter­fac­ing on the out­side and stitch along the long raw edges; turn right side out and press flat to com­plete an in­ner pocket. Re­peat with the sec­ond fused rect­an­gle to make a sec­ond in­ner pocket.

5. Pin an in­ner pocket right side up on the right side of an 18½" x 17½" lin­ing rect­an­gle 1" above the cutout cor­ners as shown in Fig­ure 4; stitch along the bot­tom edge us­ing a ¼" seam al­lowance, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4. Re­peat with the sec­ond in­ner pocket and sec­ond lin­ing rect­an­gle.

6. Di­vide the in­ner pock­ets into sec­tions as de­sired and mark with a straight­edge and wa­ter-erasable marker re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 5.

7. Start­ing at the stitched bot­tom edge, sew along the marked lines, se­cur­ing stitch­ing at the begin­ning and end.

8. Place the in­ner pocket/lin­ing pieces right sides to­gether and stitch the side and bot­tom seams as shown in Fig­ure 6. Press seams to one side.

9. Fold the lin­ing unit so that the side seam aligns with the bot­tom seam on each side. Stitch across the matched raw edges to make square bot­tom cor­ners as shown in Fig­ure 7.

10. Join two outer pocket squares with two pocket trim strips as shown in Fig­ure 8 to make an outer pocket unit; press seams to­ward strips. Re­peat with re­main­ing outer pocket squares and pocket trim strips.

11. Iron an 8½" x 10½" fusible in­ter­fac­ing rect­an­gle to the wrong side of each of the outer pocket units from step 9, ex­tend­ing 1" of the in­ter­fac­ing into the pocket trim strip on each end and cov­er­ing all of one outer pocket square as shown in Fig­ure 9.

12. With right sides to­gether, align the pocket trim end with op­po­site end, and stitch to make a tube as shown in Fig­ure 10.

13. Turn the tube right side out and press flat along the fusible lines on the pocket trim strips to com­plete one lined outer pocket as shown in Fig­ure 11.

14. Re­peat steps 12 and 13 to make a sec­ond lined outer pocket.

15. Cen­ter and pin a lined outer pocket on a quilted outer tote piece rect­an­gle 1" above bot­tom cutouts as shown in Fig­ure 12; stitch in place along the bot­tom edge. Baste side edges in place.

16. Cut two 54" lengths of strap­ping.

17. Start­ing at the bot­tom edge of outer tote piece from step 15, pin one length of strap­ping up from bot­tom edge and over one side of the pocket. Re­peat with the other end of the strap­ping on the other side of the pocket, leav­ing ex­cess above the pocket for a car­ry­ing han­dle re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 13. Stitch strap­ping in place on both edges from top of pocket to bot­tom edge of outer tote piece.

18. Stitch a boxed X through the strap­ping and pocket at the top edge of the pocket to com­plete one side of the tote shell as shown in Fig­ure 14.

19. Re­peat steps 15–18 to com­plete the sec­ond side of the tote shell.

20. Re­peat steps 8 and 9 with the two tote shell pieces to com­plete the outer tote shell.

21. If adding the op­tional key fob, fold the fob loop rect­an­gle in half along length with right side out and press. Un­fold and fold into quar­ters and press again. Top­stitch along both 5" edges re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 15.

22. Slip the fob strip through the key latch hard­ware and fold the strip in half to make a loop; baste raw ends to­gether as shown in Fig­ure 16.

23. Pin the loop to the top edge of the outer shell 21/2" from one side seam as shown in Fig­ure 17.

24. With outer shell right side out and lin­ing shell wrong side out, in­sert the lin­ing into the outer shell and pin in place along the top edge, align­ing at side seams.

25. Bind the top edge re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 126 to fin­ish.

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Fig­ure 14

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Fig­ure 1

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Handy Crafty Tote Place­ment Di­a­gram 12" x 14" x 6", ex­clud­ing han­dles

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