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Quilted Tote Bag


Last February at the quilting retreat, one of the ladies had made this beautiful tote bag which my friend and I admired a lot. It had two big side pockets, one on each side of the bag.

After the retreat, my friend got right to work and made a bag from the same pattern. The one pictured below is the second one she has made. I admire her for making a second one after I learned how much work it was to make the first.

She encouraged me to make one too, offering her help (which I would definitely need). We had two sewing days at her house and I was still slow-poking along, but with her help through the hard parts, I managed to finish the bag (below).

For buttons I used the ones the Captain made for me about 43 years ago from deer antlers he had found. Since they are purely decorative, it doesn’t matter that they are not uniform in size or shape.

The bag is reinforced with “Soft and Stable” and this batting lives up to its name.

I struggled with sewing this bag and swore I would not make a second one, but now that it’s done and I have more of an idea what I’m doing, I may reconsider this.

Like anything in life, “It’s easy once you know how.”

Author: wordsfromanneli

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37 thoughts on “Quilted Tote Bag

  1. Those bags are beautiful! I’m not sure I’d use one as a tote bag, though. I’d probably just put it up on a shelf and admire it!

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  2. They are gorgeous! And I love the deer antler buttons.

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  3. Wow, those are amazing bags! I love the colors in each one of them. Your bag reminds me of the ocean colors. Just gorgeous. Great job!

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  4. Thanks, Sonja. They can be made out of any colours you want.


  5. So lovely- and love the buttons and story behind them!

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  6. The fabric color selection of your bag speaks to me! Lovely, well done!

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  7. Those bags look fabulous! You are very talented. 🙂

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  8. Wow, such beautiful bags! Nicely done, Anneli!

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  9. Your bags are gorgeous — love the fabrics!

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  10. A perfect “book bag” to be used lovingly by members of my local book group! Doing pre sales?

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    • Ha ha! If I had to make this bag to sell, it would cost a small fortune, just in labour alone. Then I’d have to charge for mental stress when I was frustrated about putting it together. My other bags are much more straightforward to sew. This one was more of a challenge. But I’m glad you like it and I agree it would make a nice book bag with side pockets for notepads and pens.


  11. Wowzer! I especially like the ‘homemade’ buttons…Proof that everything has a home somewhere – just takes time.

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  12. Beautiful bags, especially yours, I love those blue colours as well as you do. And then the buttons, handmade from antlers – well done Captain! Lots of work!!!!

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  13. Nicely done Anneli and what unique buttons!

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  14. This looks like a time-consuming project… all that strip piecing! But the results are beautiful and well worth the work. Enjoy.

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  15. It looks complicated. Congratulations!

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  16. That is gorgeous and unique. And probably easily washable (meaning doesn’t shrink!). Lovely.

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  17. Best work Anneli, you should place them in the Fall Fair 2020, People will enjoy the marvel’s you have created in useful , gorgeous bags.

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