The basics of making this carryall tote are similar to any general quilted tote. I created this list as a reminder for myself.
- Create 2 pieces of quilted fabric for the front and back of the bag. I use a flip and sew technique with the batting as the foundation.
- Trim the excess batting from the quilted fabrics, measure for size, and cut 2 lining pieces to match.
- If you want to add pockets to the lining of the bag, you add them before you sew the lining pieces together. See this post.
- Sew the quilted front to the quilted back, on three sides. (left side, bottom, right side)
- Sew the lining front to the lining back on three sides, leaving an opening in the bottom seam for turning.
- Box the corners of the bag and lining to give the tote some depth. ( Here is a handy online tutorial showing how that is done.)
- Make the handles, and the closure tab. (see tips below for making those.)
- Center the handles and closure 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.
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 is the finished tote, with padded handles, a button and loop closure, and an inside pocket. Enjoy!