I have made this tote bag with ties using the tumbler quilt block because I had some left over from a tumbler quilt that I had made. The bag measures 14″ by 16″ and has 20″ straps so that you can carry it on your shoulder if you wish, with a tie so that you can close the bag for security. You can find the tumbler template here.
Cutting requirements for the tote bag with ties
twenty tumbler quilt blocks
bag backing panel 14.1/2″ by 16.1/2″
two bag lining panels 14.1/2″ by 16.1/2″
four strips 2.1/2″ by 20″ for straps
two strips 1.1/2″ by 15″ for ties
Making the tote bag with ties
Sew the tumblers together in four rows of five and sew the rows to each other. The sides of the bag panel are not straight so line up your ruler with the shortest parts of the panel and cut a straight line down the sides.
Lay the tumbler panel and the backing fabric with right sides together. Sew the sides and across the bottom to create a pouch.
Lay the two panels of lining fabric with right sides together and sew the two side edges only to create a tube.
Make the tote bag with ties straps
Lay one top fabric and one lining fabric strip with right sides together. Sew along the two long edges to create a tube. Repeat with the other pair of strips and turn both tubes right sides out by pulling one end down over the rest of the tube.
Press the tote bag straps and top stitch along both long edges about 1/4″ from the edge.
Make the tote bag ties
Lay the strip of fabric for the tie with right side down. Fold in both long edges to the middle and press. Fold the resulting strip in half along the length so that the raw edges are hidden. You will need to pin the strip at this stage. Sew along the middle of the length. Repeat with the other strip of fabric for the second tie.
Put the tote bag together
Lay the straps on the bag panel with right sides together. The ends of the straps should be slightly proud above the edge of the bag. I have placed my straps so that the outer edge of the strap is 3″ from the side of the bag, but you can adjust that if you prefer to have the two ends of the straps closer together. You will need to have a twist in the strap so that it is right sides together with the bag at each end. Pin with two pins to each end of the strap. This helps it to stay straight when you are sewing.
Pin the ties in the middle of the top edge of the bag. In the photo you can see the strap and tie pinned to the back of the tote bag. Repeat with the tumbler panel at the front of the bag.
With the tube of lining fabric still wrong side out, pull the lining over the top of the tote bag so that it is right sides together with the bag panels. Line up all the raw edges at the top and sew the seam around the top of the bag.
Finishing the tote bag
Pull the lining up away from the bag panel. Because it was a tube, there is an open end – on the right in the photo. Turn under a small hem in both sides of the lining and sew the two lining panels together across the bottom. You are sewing on the outside of the seam, so it’s like a top stitch.
Push the lining back inside the tote bag and topstitch around the top of the tote bag to hold the layers in place.
The final stage is just to finish off the ties. You could just tie a knot in the end of the fabric strip. This prevents fraying and also gives a little weight to the ties. I used a bell shaped bead with a large enough hole for the strip to pass through. Obviously you need to put this on before you tie the ends!
That’s the tumbler tote bag complete and ready for use. Here’s the video:
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