I finished my tinker tote bags! I enjoyed making my tote bag so much, I started a second bag the same day I finished the first. I took a couple inches off the width of the second bag and also increased the height by two inches to change it up a bit. I love both of them!
I made these bags in a Craftsy class I’m taking, Tara Rebman’s – Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags. This is a follow-up project of the QAYG potholder I posted last month from the same class.
The design of the bag is great for using up fabrics from your scrap pile and those fun little charm paks. For my first bag I mainly used a mini charm pak from Road 15 by Sweetwater.
My fabric selection for the second bag was PB&J charm paks by BasicGrey. I used a mini (2.5″) and a regular (5″) charm pak. I did prefer the look of using the 2 different size blocks for piecing the second bag. I also used a pair of jeans that were about 2 sizes too small that I drug out of the back of my closet. I decided to give up thinking I may be able to wear them someday!
The Quilt-As-You-Go method covered in this class teaches you to sew and quilt one piece of fabric at a time to a batting pattern. It is a fun and forgiving method of quilting a handbag, and can easily be accomplished by a new quilter with some basic sewing knowledge.
The bag is lined (with iron on interfacing) and you have the option of open and/or zippered pockets. I added 2 pockets to my bag, one for my phone and pens, and the other for small items and … candy.
The edges of the bag are finished with bias binding. That gave me a little trouble, but I really like how it turned out, so was worth the extra effort!
The bag is held closed with a flap that has a magnetic snap.
Hope you have enjoyed my post on my QAYG bags. I highly recommend Tara’s class if you would like one of your own! Please share, comment, and offer tips below. Happy Sewing!
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