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I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. ...

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Strip Happy Fat Quarter Tote Bag

from Jo-Lydia's Attic
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Strip Happy Fat Quarter Tote Bag
Strip Happy Fat Quarter Tote Bag Strip Happy Fat Quarter Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing and quilting skills

Pattern Description:

Got fat quarters? If you're like most quilters, you can't resist those lovely little bundles of fabric at your quilt shop.* I'm guessing you already have some in your stash--or you need an excuse to buy some new ones! Either way, this lined tote, sized for a handbag, requires one each of 5 different fat quarters for the piecing and inside pockets, 2 fat quarters of another color for the straps, bows, and binding and two of one more print for the lining-- nine fat quarters in all, plus interior support fabrics.

The tote is pieced directly onto a cotton canvas foundation, for added body. Divided pockets on the outside are formed as you stitch the finished pocket panel in place. There are two hanging pockets inside the tote--one zipped for security and a second that is open. It's the perfect place to tuck your cell phone or other small items you need at your fingertips. For a different twist, perky little bows connect to the strap rings.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 11" wide x 11" tall x 4" deep
  • Thread


  • Basic sewing and quilting tools
  • See pattern for fat quarter & support fabric requirements.

You Will Also Need:

  • 9" zipper for inside pocket
  • Fusible web
  • Lightweight weft-insertion of knit fusilbe web
  • Rings for the strap attachment