The basics of making this carryall tote are similiar to any general quilted tote.
- Make the bag using a flip and sew technique with the batting as the foundation.
- Trim the excess batting from the front and back of the bag, measure for size, and cut 2 lining pieces to match.
- Sew the bag front to the bag back on three sides
- Sew the lining front to the lining back, leaving an opening in the bottom seam
- Box the corners of the bag and lining to give the tote some depth
- Make the handles
- Center the handles on the outer fabric and baste in place
- Place lining inside the tote bag, right sides together and sew around the top opening
- Reach through hole you left in the lining seam and turn the bag right side out
- Top stitch around the bag opening
- Hand sew or fabric glue the opening in the lining.
I like to make the handles using 2 different fabrics, but, of course they could be made using just one. I cut two 2-inch strips of each fabric that are each about 30 inches long. (I find the ideal length for tote handles is 25 inches, but I start with 30 inch strips to be sure I have enough.) I also cut two strips of batting that are also 30 inches long, but are slightly less than 2 inches wide. (approximately 1 7/8)
Turn the handle inside out, and press. There will be some bulk due to the batting in the seam allowances, but that's okay. It actually makes for a more comfortable, padded handle.
If you want to add a button and loop closure, you'll need to make a loop. I use a half inch bias tape maker that I already had on hand.
Here's how the pocket looks inside the bag.
Now you have a finished tote, with padded handles, a button and loop closure, and an inside pocket. Enjoy!