Friday, April 12, 2013

My Oldie But Goodie!
My Quilted Carryall tote bag pattern has been selling like gangbusters on Craftsy. It's one of my earliest designs, but it just keeps selling and selling. With pockets inside and out, it makes a great tote for shopping or for taking supplies to quilting or sewing class. Directions are included for two sizes and it also includes an optional eyeglasses case, and an attached coin purse that drops inside the bag when the zip-top is open if you prefer an open-top tote. No matter how you look at it, this tote has lots to offer.

Like most of my tote bags, this one is made from quilted, double-faced fabric that you make yourself. Choose two prints and a lightweight batting and quilt the pieces panel by panel. OR, if you just happen to find a quilted double-faced fabric that you love at your favorite shop, use that instead. Directions and yardage are included for that option, too.

Note: You can purchase this pattern as a PDF download from my pattern store at

You'll find patterns for totes, travel accessories, handbags, table runners and placemats, and quilts there. And some of them are FREE. Be sure to visit my store to see all of my patterns!

I love seeing what others create from any of my patterns and invite you to submit your photos to me at I recently heard from Mary who lives on beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington state, and she sent photos of her finished tote to share with my readers. What a great job she did! Great fabric choices!


Thanks, Mary, for your kind words about the pattern:

"Barbara is a mind reader!  I've been seeking a pattern for a large tote with lots of pockets yet has a shape to it rather than looking like a big sack.  Her Quilted Carry-All is exactly what I was looking for. The only problem with it is that it means I can put LOTS of things in it when I take it to shows, craft fairs, and fabric stores. Special pockets so I don't lose track of things, exterior pockets large enough for a magazine or my quilting wish list book, an attached glasses case that holds both my readers and sunglasses and, most importantly, the oversized, attached change purse so I can quickly whip out the credit card.  Uh oh!   
Great design, Barbara." 

Mary Mc, Whidbey Island, WA

Until next time,
Keep smiling and stitching!

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