5 Quick Quilted Tote Bag Patterns

Sometimes it’s nice to take a quick break from quilting and flex your creative muscles to sew a different project. Tote bags are a great project for using your quilting skills! You can make them many different ways, finish them quicker than a quilt, and give them as gifts. We’ve compiled five of our favorite tote bag patterns here for you to try out. Happy Quilting!

Projects-to-Go Tote

As a quilter, you may have friends or family members that are crafty like you. What better gift to give them than a handmade project that inspires and encourages their creativity. This tote is perfectly designed to carry all the tools and materials for a crafter on-the-go. With pockets inside and outside, and a drawstring closure, it is sure to keep any sewer, knitter, or crafter organized. But you don’t have to give this as a gift, it’s a great project to help keep YOU organized too!

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Charming Diaper Bag Tote

Although changing diapers might not be the most glamorous job, you can at least make the accessories cute and fun. With this pattern using charms (5” x 5” squares), you can create a sweet personalized diaper bag for your friend or relation. This tote has 6 different pockets to keep any diaper changer organized.

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Oilcloth Tote Bag

Oilcloth is a cotton mesh fabric that has a thick plastic coating. This creates a water resistant material that is strong and durable. It also comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns! In this tutorial, Laura Roberts shows you how to create a tote bag using oilcloth or a laminated cotton. This tote is perfect for groceries; it is sturdy, water resistant, and reusable.

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Charm Pack Tote Bag

Pre-cut fabric squares can make quilting projects quick and easy. In this tutorial, Sue Marsh shows you how to make a colorful tote bag from a new charm pack. You’ll also learn about the differences between charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls. Is anyone else hungry now? Better stay away from this one if you’re trying to lose some fat quarters… 😉

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Something’s Fishy Beach Bag Tote

A beach bag may just be where you throw your towel, snacks, sunscreen and books, but, it can be cute too! What better decoration on a beach bag than a fish? This fish tote is quilted and fully-lined with box edges. This pattern is especially easy to quilt with a fabric cutting machine, but you can get along fine without one.

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37 Responses to “5 Quick Quilted Tote Bag Patterns”
  1. Donna

    I made a large tote bag with the indication that it could be made in a couple hours! It took me more than a week to make it. The instructiins were horrible — all over place in no particular order. It turned out very nice, but no more tote bags for me!😳

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  2. Carol

    I am going to download the pattern for the Nappy Bag and with any luck, I will have it finished tomorrow, that is of course nothing goes wrong…lol

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  3. p.martin

    Oil cloth questions: 1. What type of needle do you recommend? 2. What size needle? 3. What size stitch? Thanks

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      Hello,

      You can use a standard, all-purpose needle (same as you would use to sew any other light to medium weight fabric) however, lengthen your stitch length to at least 3.0.

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      Ashley
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  4. Kate

    Oil cloth questions: 1. What type of needle do you recommend? 2. What size needle? 3. What size stitch? Thanks

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      Hello Kate,

      I recommend a medium- to heavy weight universal needle and a stitch length of 3.5mm.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
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