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Strip Happy Fat Quarter Tote Bag


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic sewing and quilting skills SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 11" wide x 11" tall x 4" deep Thread

Supplies Needed

  • Basic sewing and quilting tools
  • See pattern for fat quarter & support fabric requirements.
  • 9" zipper for inside pocket

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Jo-Lydia's Attic
Jo-Lydia's Attic
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. I've written two other successful books for them-- The Quilting Answer Book and The Sewing Answer Book. I learned to sew from my great grandmother, two grandmothers, and my Mom when I was barely in grade school and I've been sewing ever since. I added quilting to my repertoire in the 1980s and worked for a major quilt book publisher as Managing Editor and then Editor-in-Chief for 5 years. Now I have my own business, designing quilts and tote bags and anything else that strikes my fancy. Go to to see my projects and whatever else I'm up to. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find something you'd like to make in my Craftsy store!