Quilted Tote-torial: Part 2.

Part 2: Quilting panels, sewing straps and zipper.

Quilt Main Exterior Panels.

Because you are quilting without a backing, it is not essential to use a walking foot unless you prefer that. Personally, I use a 1/4″ piecing foot for my straight line quilting on bags, and I maybe pull out the FMQ foot if I decide to do a more interesting design.

It is VERY important that you use a cotton batting if you are machine quilting here. I have found that poly batting without a backing will get snagged on the sewing machine quite frequently. At best, you’ll need to unscrew the panel and clean out your machine after each panel. At worst, you could damage your machine or your fabric.

For my panels I used straight line quilting for the entire thing. I simply drew diagonal lines with a washable fabric chalk pencil & fabric ruler before I began and buried and knotted any extra ends when I was done.

After quilting, trim any excess batting and thread from edges.


Sew straps.

Sew fabric loops #10 closed along pressed edges 1/8″ seam. Repeat with #9 for regular straps.

regular strap sewn

Wide straps: Sew along pinned edge 1/4″ seam. Press seam open. Turn right side out and press so that seam runs down center back of each strap. If using longer straps for knot detail, tie a single knot centered on strap.

For both types of strap, take one #4 piece and one strap and pin strap 3.5″ in from each edge as shown. Take another #4 piece and place face down, removing pins one at a time and using them to pin through entire fabric sandwich. Repeat with second strap. Sew using 1/2″ seam.

sew strap1

sew strap2

sew strap 3Sew straps to quilted panels as shown below using 1/4″ seam.

strap outer pinned


Repeat for second quilted piece and strap.

Install Pocket Zipper.

Unzip zipper halfway, then trim to 12″ (make sure your zip toggle is inside of the margins before cutting). Line up two #11 pieces covering 3/4″ on each end of the zipper wrong sides together as pictured below. Pin and sew using 1/8″ seam.

Take one pocket lining and lay it face up. Place zipper face up, lined up with the top edge. Cover with one pocket exterior and pin. Repeat for other side.




Sew using a 1/4″ seam. You can hand sew, use a zipper foot, or use a 1/4″ piecing foot. (For the last option simply unzip the zipper, sew to the halfway mark, zip the zipper all the way, and resume sewing.)

Repeat on other side of zipper for second pocket lining and exterior.

Press open, trim edges & topstitch using 1/8″ seam.


…to be continued…


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