A Quilt as You Go Tote

I realized I haven’t blogged yet about the tote bag I made last month for the Sewing Summit! At the very last minute, as I was running around stressed out, trying to get everything done for my class, packed, kids ready for me to leave town…I decided I just needed to make a handmade bag for my trip. I didn’t have time to make a Weekender like everyone else, but I knew I could make a Jane Market Bag. I’ve had this pattern for awhile and the totes are so easy to put together. They hold a lot of stuff and make great teacher gifts. *hint* *hint*


I decided to make a quilt as you go (QAYG) version. This technique is fairly new to me. Recently some of us made quilt blocks for a special quilt for Penny with QAYG and I fell in love right away. It takes awhile, but wow is it worth it! You can find a tutorial for QAYG in the form of a quilt along here.


I made a couple changes to the bag (both intentional and not). First, the bag is about 1″ smaller all the way around. That was the unintentional change. I should have started my QAYG with a larger piece of batting. Opps! That’s ok though, the bag still works great.

The second change was I left off the outside pockets. Because I was QAYGing, I didn’t want those to take away from the look of the sides. I also left out the option for a flat bottom (made with interfacing or cardboard). I like my tote bags all floppy like.


I highly recommend this bag pattern. It’s very easy, even for beginners and the bag comes together very quickly. And you never can have too many bags!


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    I made a Jane Market Tote from your suggestion after I asked you about this tote on Instagram! Thanks for the recommendation then, because it WAS super easy. I quilted my panels but did more of a square patchwork style instead of QAYG. I also padded the straps and added length and didn’t box the corners. And I added a pocket to the inside! I’m thinking of making a few for holiday gifts (sticking to the pattern this time!).

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    Karen says

    I’m sooo intrigued with the QAYG that I’m seeing on line and this bag is no exception, I love all of your fabric and color selections. I also like that maybe, possibly, I might even be able to tackle it. I’m off to find the pattern.

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    I love your bag! I’m dying to make one of these but I’m a little intimidated. After you make the QAYG pieces and make the bag, did you make a lining? I have made quite a few bags but I can’t wrap my head around how these QAYG bags are done!

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    Krista E says

    I just bought this pattern from the site! The instructions are beautiful, clear and look extrememly easy. I can’t wait to make it.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Deborah says

    This looks great – I like the idea of not doing a flat bottom – that intimidates me as I am new to sewing! Might have to give it a go for a teachers present!

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    I am in love with all of the QAYG bags I’ve seen lately. Now I’ve got to rearrange my to-do list to get some of these bags to the top of it. I blame you and your “good teacher gift idea” suggestion… 😉

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    Rhonda Desgranges says

    Thank you so much for sharing with us. I have been reluctant to make a tote, but now I think I will give it a try. I really need a new

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