Quilted Patchwork tote Bag Sewing Tutorial With Pockets


Hi guys, in today’s tutorial we’re going
to make this patchwork slouchy bag that is looking so pretty this bag is about
15″ x 14″ long it has one zipper pocket and three slip pockets
also a little slot to put your lipstick or your pen. We’re going to make this
bag out of charm packs or the 5″ squares
pre-cut fabrics or you can also make your own 5″ squares if you love
cutting and slashing and if you want to have the cutting diagram for this
project you can go ahead and download that in a PDF format I will link down
below in the description box it is free and you don’t even need to sign up log
in, etc. Alright so without further ado let’s get started. For this
project you’re going to need 34 pieces of charm pack these are five inch
squares pre-cut fabrics that usually comes in a set of 42 for the exterior
shell of the bag we’re going to use 28 pieces of the charm pack, I like to
separate the darker print from the lighter print first to make each block
looking somewhat contrasting next we’re going to cut these charm packs in halves
so I like to do five at the time so I’m just gonna stack five pieces of charm
pack then I’m gonna take my ruler here and measure in two and a half inches
then I’m going to cut them with a rotary cutter so you want to go on and cut all
your 28 pieces of charm packs in halves now you want to take one of the dark
print in one of the light print and sew with 1/4″ of seam
allowance then you will end up with 28 pieces of half charm packs then set and press the seams
with an iron, next we’re going to work on the front exterior shell of the bag, lay
12 pieces of your blocks in three rows just like what I’m showing you here
obviously you want to choose your favorite blocks for this because this is
going to be the front and it’s going to be the one that is exposed more often
then we’re going to start piecing these one row at the time you’re going to use
1/4″ of seam allowance throughout the piecing and then as always you wanna set and
press the seams once all the rows are sewn, we’re gonna piece
these rows together we’re gonna start my piecing the first row and the second row
you want to try your best to have the seams match or nicely together but don’t
stress yourself too much if it doesn’t turn out perfectly because once you
quilt this and assemble the back nobody will even notice it then you want to
give this a quick press as well now take another four blocks and
piece them together then you want to take your ruler and rotary cutter and
cut this piece in 1/2 take half of the strip and laid on your front exterior
piece here just like so then you want to go ahead and pitch them together all
right so here is the front exterior piece is done now you want to go ahead
and work on the back exterior piece exactly the same way so here is my front
piece and my back piece are ready to go the next step is going to be quilting so
go ahead and sandwich this piece with the quilt batting in the quilt backing
or you can also use fusible fleece if you don’t fancy quilting, so here I’ve
got my front piece already sandwich with a quilt batting and the quilt backing so
the backing fabric here is gonna act as the interlining
so here’s my front piece already quilted and the edges are already trimmed i
quilted this piece with the diamond shape and I think it’s looking so pretty
alright so once your front and back pieces are quilted and ready to go it’s
time to set this aside and work on the pockets and lining we’re gonna work on
the slip pockets first so take your front and back slip pocket pieces and
place them right side together sew the top and the bottom here with 1/2″
of seam allowance alright once you’ve done sewing you
wanna go ahead and press the seams open I like using my seam roll here turn this
piece inside out and then you want a top stitch on the top side here measure in
5″ from the left side here and then you want to take your fabric marker
and draw a straight line then you want to place your pocket piece on top of
your lining piece four inches away from the top you want to make sure to line up
the left end of your pocket piece with the left end of your lining piece then
you want to go ahead and sew along that line here I’ve sewn my first pocket
already now we’re going to do the lipstick slot now bring the end of your
right side of the pocket piece and make sure it line up with the right side of
your lining piece and pin that in place you want to take a ruler here and
measure 1 1/4″ away from the first pocket stitching line then you want to
mark it with a fabric marker both the top and bottom as well then you want to
draw a vertical line connecting those two marks and that’s gonna be your
stitching line now from that line that you just drew you’re gonna measure
5″, again you want to draw a vertical line and that’s going to be the
stitching line for another two slip pockets the next step will be to stitch
on these two lines that we’ve just drawn so I’m just gonna take a pin here to
keep that extra fabric on the other side you wanna pinch both sides in creating a
pleat here and then flatten that out then you want to use a couple of pins to
hold the pleats now you’re going to go ahead and sew
across the bottom here with 1/8″ seam allowance and you’re gonna end up with something
like this now we’re gonna set this aside and work on the zipper pocket take one
of your zipper pocket piece with your ruler and fabric marker as well we’re
going to draw a 9″ x 1/2″ rectangular shape so you wanna measure
1 1/2″ away from the top and then center your ruler then draw a
9″ horizontal line then you wanna measure down 1/2″ and draw
another horizontal line and create that rectangle shape just like so then you
wanna draw another horizontal line right on the center of this rectangle once
you’ve done that you want to draw diagonal lines right on this corners
right here they’re about 3/8″ so you
wanna create that little triangle on the corner there and do the same with the
other side then you want to end up with something like this I actually did a
little bit of mistake so what I should do actually I should have drawn my
rectangle on the wrong side of this zipper pocket piece but I did it on the
right side instead it’s not a big deal though but if you guys gonna draw yours
please make sure to draw it on the wrong side, lay your pocket piece on the lining piece about two inches away from the top
just like so then you want to use a couple of pins here just to keep this in
place then you wanna so all along the outer lines of this rectangle then we’re gonna cut through this center
line here so I’m going to start with my seam ripper first to get started and then I’m
going to take my scissors and continue cutting once you’ve got to the corner
here cut those diagonal lines as well but be careful not to cut through the
stitches and we’re gonna do the same with the other side now you wanna turn your lining piece to
the wrong side and then you want to open these cutting lines finger press that
little bit then you want to go ahead and give this a quick press once you’ve
pressed this you want to go ahead and turn this pocket piece to the wrong side
smooth everything out and then you want to go ahead and give this a quick press
to make it nice and neat, alright now we’re going to install this zipper as
you can see here, my zipper is a lot longer than what I intend to be for the
zipper pocket but it’s okay because this is a nylon zipper we can always trim
this off now you want to take your wash away wonder tape so we’re going to use
this tape to baste the zipper onto the lining piece and you don’t have to worry
you can sew through this and it’s not gonna be a problem this is something
that quilter usually use this is basically a double sided tape if you’ve
seen any of my bag or purse tutorial you may notice that I always use this
for installing zipper so you want to cut two pieces of this obviously it should
be about 9″ you wanna place this right on the edge of your zipper tape
just like so and do the same with the other one
then you wanna peel off the paper here unzip the zipper to where you want it to
start then you wanna lay this lining piece on top of the zipper just like so
smooth everything out and then now we’re going to go ahead and sew this all
around I like to use my walking foot to work on my zipper however I move the
needle all the way to the left first you may also use a zipper foot if you have
one if that’s what you prefer once you’ve got your zipper sewn if
you have your zipper a lot longer go ahead and trim that off now
you want to take the other pocket piece and place it right side down just like
so then pin that in place and you’re gonna go ahead and sew this all around
and voila! you are done with the zipper pocket now we’re gonna move on and work
on the magnetic snaps this one right here is called the female part of the
magnetic snap and this one is the male part and these two are the washers we’re
going to attach the female part for the backside of the lining while the male
part will be on the front side of the lining I’m going to show you here how to
work on the female first, so here is my back lining piece the one with the
zipper I’m gonna turn this to the wrong side take a ruler and a fabric marker
and you just want to put this pocket piece away for a while measure down 2″
from the center top here and mark that with a dot just like so then you
want to cut a couple scraps of interfacing they’re about 1 1/2″
squares roughly then you want to go ahead and fuse that on here right where
you put the mark so here I’ve done fusing my interfacing
and I re-do the mark because it was kind of fading I forgot to mention that
you also need to mark on the same place on the right side of the fabric now
you’re gonna take your washer and place it so that center hole of that washer
will sit right on top of that mark just like so then you want to take your
fabric marker and you want to trace those side holes of the washer creating
two lines just like so then you want to cut through those two lines using a seam
ripper here but just be careful not to over done it
then take your magnetic snap and insert those two prongs into the holes that we
just created and then you want to take your washer and insert that through the
prongs just like so you want to use your thumbs to push the prongs towards the
side to lock it in place you may also use a pliers if you don’t want to hurt
your thumbs and that’s it now you can go ahead and work on the male part just the
same way we did before then we’re gonna work on the strap anchor so take one
piece of charm pack and you want to trim this an inch off then you want to fold
this in half and press open it up and then fold those edges towards the center
fold and press just like so and then you want to fold that again and a half so
you will end up with a 5″ x 1″ strip and you’re going to go ahead and sew
this all around with 1/8″ of seam allowance once you’ve done
that you want to cut this strip in half all right now you’re gonna take your
remaining five charm packs and we’re gonna make the strap out of this
so you want to piece them together just like so then you want to press the seams
open this is to make sure that the strap will lay flat now we’re going to trim
the width of this strip an inch off so to make it easier I’m just going to fold
my strip in half here then I’m just gonna line this up with one of the line
of my cutting mat then with my ruler and my rotary cutter I’m just gonna cut this
an inch away now you have a 23″ x 4″ strip of fabric you will also
need to cut an interfacing here, I’m using the fusible woven interfacing so
you will need to cut this interfacing 2″ wide and 22″ long place
this on the center of your fabric glue side down 1/2″ away from the
edge here then you want to fuse that with an iron then you want to fold the edge here just
like so and press that and you want to do the same with the other side once
you’ve done that you want to fold this strip in half just like so and press
open it up and then you want to fold the raw edges here towards the center fold
and press, do the same the other side then you want to fold this piece in half
again and you will end up with a 1″ strip. Sew all around with 1/8″
inch of seam allowance and this is how your strap gonna turn
out obviously guys if you want your strap to be longer you may add one or
two extra charm pack. Next we are going to assemble the exterior shell of the bag.
First we are going to draw 2″ squares on each bottom corner here this
is to create the boxy corner of the bag once you’ve done that you want to go
ahead and cut it with scissors then you want to do the same with the other side
now lay your front and back exterior piece right side together secure them in
place with some fabric clips or pins then sew the sides in the bottom here
with 1/2″ of seam allowance once you’ve done sewing you’re going to
work on boxing the corner here you want to open this one up and match the seams
here you want to nest it together just like so then you want to take your
fabric clip to hold this together next we’re going to sew this with 1/2″
of seam allowance and this is how your exterior shell
gonna look like after boxing the corners now we’re gonna turn this one
inside out just to make sure that everything is looking good all right I
think it is looking great you want to assemble your lining piece
the same way you did the exterior piece however for the lining piece you will
need to leave about four inches of opening at the bottom here all right now
you’re going to prepare your strap anchors d-rings and we’re going
to attach these to the bag now take one of the strap and feed that through the
hole of the d-ring and then you want to place it on one of the sides of your
back where the side seam here but you want to make sure that the seam is open
it’s just so it’s not gonna be extremely bulky then use your fabric clip to
secure this in place all right and then you want to do the same with the other
side then we’re going to sew them in place with 1/4″ of seam
allowance once you’ve got your exterior piece and your lining piece ready to go
it’s time to put this bag together now you want to turn your exterior piece
back to the wrong side then you want to insert your lining piece into the
exterior piece and you want to make sure that the right side of your lining in
the right side of your exterior piece is touching each other also the front side
of the lining should be touching the front side of the exterior and the back
side of the lining is touching the backside of the exterior then you want
to secure them in place with your fabric clips once you’ve done that you wanna
sew this all around with 1/2″ of seam allowance since we’re going to sew
through some very bulky area I suggest to change your needle first to a size
larger I recommend to use the jeans/ denim size needle for this alright once you’ve done sewing we’re
going to turn this back inside out through the opening from the lining now I’m gonna use my Hera marker here to
smooth the edges just to keep everything inside like so you can also use coin or
your fingers or simply use iron alright now we are going to topstitch this all
around alright once you’ve done top stitching you wanna pull your lining out
find that opening hole at the bottom and then you want to sew that close once
you’ve done that, put your lining back inside. We are going to
the last step which is attaching the strap alright now take one of the end of
your strap feed that to one of the d-ring I’m gonna do this from the
outside to the inside just like so you want to have about 1 1/2″
of clearance right there and then you wanna sew two lines to secure this in
place you want to sew back and forth about three times to make sure that the
strap is properly reinforced and this is how it’s going to turn out
so now you want to take your other end of the strap and feed that through the
other side the same way we did before basically so from outside to the inside
and leave about 1 1/2″ of clearance and you want to make sure that
your strap isn’t twisted so double check again then you want to again sew two
lines to secure this in place and voila!! your strap is already attached and
your bag is done! and that’s all I have for you today guys please leave me a
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