My Quilted Tote

Last week, in the midst of all the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival emails, I finished this tote up for myself on my birthday! I had been working on the panels here and there while other projects came and went the few weeks prior.

BTW – Today is the last day to vote here and here! There’s been a good turn out for voting – Thanks for taking the time!

I was inspired by Penny and her tote, but of course had to make it my own.

That’s the beauty of this type of work, each piece is as different as the scraps in your bin.

I’ve been using the bag for a week now, of course it’s full of receipts, and coupons, but the pocket is one of my favorite parts!

It measures about 15″ x 12″

I quilted it as I went, adding scraps to batting, and quilting each piece individually. Penny did a quilt-along if you want more info. Really it’s just a ton of fun, and a great use of favorite scraps!

It makes me smile every time I pick it up to run to school or the grocery store – perfect!

Hope you are having a great day –


By |2017-02-06T09:18:23-07:00May 31st, 2012|finished project|23 Comments


  1. Missy May 31, 2012 at 5:46 am - Reply

    This is cute, I had to pin it! Can’t wait to make one of my own!

  2. marjorie May 31, 2012 at 5:57 am - Reply

    This is a great looking tote …love the patchwork you did.

  3. Cindy Sharp May 31, 2012 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Fun bag. Free piecing scraps is so fun.

  4. Mary Malone May 31, 2012 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I love your bag! You need great fabrics – like you have – to make a scrappy bag look great. BUT….
    I noticed the neat zipper insert you did. I have seen that before, but my tote bag patterns do not have that type of application. Any chance for a (drop in??) tote bag zipper insert tutorial??? Thanks for everything and happy quilting.


  5. Tammie May 31, 2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I agree, I love the tote bag. Do you have a tutorial on the how to’s? Would love to make one for myself and one to donate to our church bizaar. Thanks for sharing the beautiful bag.

    • Glenda May 31, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Yes, a tutorial please. Love this tote.

  6. Miss Nancy May 31, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Super great tote bag! Well done! Thank you for the link to the quilt along. Looks like great fun.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

  7. Vicki May 31, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Cute bag, Amy!

  8. Queenie Believe May 31, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    What a fun bag!! I’m definitely going to have to check out the link to more info!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  9. Snoodles May 31, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    This is fabulous, Amy! I second the motion…..a tut, please!

  10. Dresden Quilter May 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I love it! It is so beautiful!

  11. Stephanie May 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Hello! I am so sad that I missed the quilters blog fest this year!…I am loving this bag though. :)
    p.s. a quick question for you. Maybe you could email me…I know you used to have a blogspot and switched to typepad. Just wondering how easy it was, how much easier or different typepad is, and if you are glad you did it. SInce it costs a bit of money I was just curious if I may ask. thanks. :)

  12. Beth May 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Cute! I love that it makes you smile each time you go to grab it. Smiles~Beth

  13. Kristin May 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    This is adorable

  14. Shari May 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    This is lovely and whimsical. Perfect for scraps of all ages.

  15. Jean May 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful bag…I may have just been inspired. But I really need to work on my sons’ quilts.

  16. Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies June 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Amy..what is that adorable butterfly fabric? I must have it!!!

  17. Dawn June 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    You have great scraps. Which makes a totally darling tote!

    I would luv a tute for that wonderful zipper application. The way it sits down in there is wonderful.

  18. Elise June 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    You are so famous and loved! You do precise work and it pays back in all kinds of dividends! You are my favorite oldest daughter! Love, Mom

  19. license to quilt June 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Such a great project! I love anything that’s purposeful. Also loved the sweet note from your Mom!

  20. EZ Dresden Quilting Challenge | Amy's Creative Side June 6, 2012 at 5:01 am - Reply

    […] I made? I had so much fun making this piece! A couple weeks ago, I made myself a quilt as you go tote, and really enjoyed the laid back nature of the project. Then I thought I should try to apply the […]

  21. Tsoniki Crazy Bull June 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Looks great! I never have quilted as I sewed, but this looks easy enough. Heading to the quilt along to see if she gives any instructions on that! :)

  22. Lorelei Craig June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I love this!!! Thanks for the link to the QAL

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