Pass On Your Passion: Stitched and Quilted Bag Patterns

We’re nearing the end of our Pass On Your Passion celebration of National Craft Month and Giveaway Extravaganza, so I thought I’d sneak in a few more treats for you to enjoy and pass on to others.

pass on your passionToday I’m sharing three easy quilted bag patterns for you to make and share. Each uses a patchwork-style construction. You can sew them up with one layer of fabric in an afternoon or less or add backing, batting, and machine stitching to make them truly quilted.

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Birdseed Bag Tote by
Lynette Walther.

The first one is near and dear to my heart because it is related to one of my favorite motifs: birds. On her blog Gardeningonthego, Lynette L. Walther shows how to turn a birdseed bag into a stylish tote just by cutting up and rearranging the fabric sack.

If you don’t buy your birdseed (or grass seed, etc.) by the 50-lb. bag, you could turn a smaller sack into an art journal cover or small quilted handbags. These recycled projects would make lovely handmade gifts for the nature lover.

vintage calendar quilted tote bag
Vintage Calendar Tote

Another patchwork quilted bag pattern I like is the Vintage Calendar Tote, using pieces from a vintage calendar tea towel. This one is made from a mix of vintage textiles and new fabric. I whipped it up in an hour from the simple but clever pattern by Susan Wasinger.

The warm weather we’ve been having here in New England reminds me that beach season is just around the corner. We live close to the ocean, so it’s easy for us to pack up our gear and make the 10-minute drive to the town beach. Maybe this will be the year I’ll stitch up Beach Towel Totes for my kids using Alisa Burke’s tutorial. 

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Alisa Burke Beach Towel Tote

Alisa cuts up new beach towels into squares or rectangles, pieces them together, adds a strap (also from the beach towel), and away she goes. The best part is, these stylish quilted tote bags go right into the wash with the other swim gear.

There. Now I’ve passed along my passion for easy totes to you, and you can pass them on to someone else who likes to make quilted bags.

But before you head off to the sewing machine, be sure to leave a comment here or on the original post telling me how you plan to pass on your passion for quilting this month. Check out the rules, leave your comment, and then check back Friday, March 23, to see if you won.

P.S. Don’t forget to visit Candy Glendening’s website where she’s passing on her passion for dyeing with some sweet giveaways, too.

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