Sewing Pattern: Stack and Slice Quilted Tote

I’m so excited to share this beginner-friendly quilted tote bag pattern as part of the Christmas in July Make Along. This simple tote is perfectly sized for daily adventures and it makes a great gift. Using the stack and slice method, each bag is completely unique, too.

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Early this year, my Stack and Slice Quilted Tote pattern debuted in the new digital magazine, We Like Sewing.

Image © We Like Sewing and used with permission.

I love how it turned out and this pattern is so easy (or should I say “sew easy”) to make, too. I’ve updated the pattern for the Stack and Slice Quilted Tote for the Christmas in July Make Along to include more photos and a video with step-by-step instructions.

Image © We Like Sewing and used with permission.

Quilted tote bags are fun to make. If you end up wanting to make another, check out my free sewing pattern for the Quilted Tote here.

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Stack and Slice Quilted Tote

Quilted Tote Bag Sewing Pattern by Underground Crafter

The stack and slice method is an easy way to make completely unique quilt blocks for customized projects. It’s great with planned colors or a scrappy look. This quilted tote bag pattern is the perfect size for your daily adventures and it also makes a great gift.

Continue on for the free sewing pattern, or buy the ad-free PDF in my Payhip shop.

Finished Size

  • 11.5” (29 cm) wide x 14” (35.5 cm) tall, not including straps.

Tools

Materials

  • Universal sewing needle.
  • 100% cotton thread in coordinating or contrasting colors for bobbin and top thread.
  • Fairfield World Quilter’s 80/20 batting or any cotton or cotton blend batting – 1/2 yard.
  • 100% cotton quilting fabric.
    • Color A – 1/4 yard – Michael Miller Fabrics CoCo CX9316-CAPP-D Cappuccino (brown)
    • Color B – 1/4 yard – Michael Miller Fabrics Garden Pindot CM1065-BLAC-D Black (black)
    • Color C – 1/3 yard – Michael Miller Fabrics Garden Pindot CX1065-WINE-D Wine (red)
    • Color D – 1/2 yard – Michael Miller Fabrics CoCo CX9316-SAND-D Sand (sand)
  • Muslin or “ugly” fabric for backing – 1/2 yard.
  • Optional: Gift tag by AdKnits.

Pattern Notes

  • If you’re new to rotary cutting, watch the video below to see how to safely cut fabric and batting with a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and self-healing mat.
  • If you can’t see the video tutorial above for cutting with a rotary cutter, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
  • Color A, B, and C are used for the blocks. Color C is also used for the straps. Color D is used for the lining.
  • A video showing how to assemble the bag is available at the bottom of the pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Prepare Fabric

  • Press fabric, batting, and “ugly” fabric/muslin to remove wrinkles.

Stack and Slice Blocks

  • Cut 6 squares each measuring 5.5” (14 cm) square from Color A, Color B, and Color C. (18 squares total)
  • Stack your squares in 6 groups as follows: With right sides facing up, position Color C on bottom, Color B in the middle, and Color A on top. Each group will have 3 squares, 1 in each color.
  • Slice your squares as follows: Position acrylic ruler and slice through group of 3 squares with rotary cutter twice at intervals of your choosing. Both slices should move from bottom to top in straight lines. Keep each slice at least 1/2″ wide at narrowest point for ease in seaming.
  • Separate slices. Keep left slice pile in same position. For middle slice pile, move Color B to top position. For right slice pile, move Color C to top position.
  • Starting with top layer, sew 3 slices together into a block with 1/4” seam allowance. Continue by sewing middle layer block and then bottom layer block together with 1/4” seam allowance.
  • Repeat stack and slice process until you have 18 blocks, each with 3 colors.
  • Press seams on each block towards dark color.
  • Trim blocks so that each measures 4-1/2” x 5-1/2” (11.5 cm x 14 cm).
  • Sew first 3 blocks together to form row with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams on each block.
  • Arrange blocks for front in 3 rows of 3 blocks so that long edges will be seamed together.  
  • Sew together 3 rows of 3 blocks for front with 1/4” seam allowance.
  • Press seams on each row flat.
  • Repeat for back.

Quilt Front and Back of Tote

  • Trim front and back pieces to 12-1/2” x 15-1/2” (32 cm x 39.5 cm), or to same size.
  • Cut 2 pieces of batting and 2 pieces of muslin or “ugly fabric” to 13-1/2” x 16-1/2” (34.5 cm x 42 cm), or to 1” (2.5 cm) larger on all sides than tote front and back pieces.
  • Make a “quilt sandwich” for the front piece as follows: Position muslin on bottom, batting in middle, and front piece on top with right side facing up…
  • Pin or clip layers together…
  • With acrylic ruler, mark quilting lines using Hera marker or fabric pen.
  • Repeat quilt sandwich for the back piece.
  • Quilt through all 3 layers of front piece and back piece as desired.
  • Trim front and back pieces to 12” x 14-1/2” (30.5 cm x 37 cm), or to same size.
  • Position front and back pieces with right sides together.
  • Starting at long edge, sew along 3 sides with 1/4” seam, using reinforcement stitches at start and end.
  • Clip bottom corners.
  • Turn right side out.

Prepare Bag Straps

  • Cut 2 strips, each 5-1/2” (14 cm) wide, from Color C. Trim each strip to 29” (73.5 cm).
  • Fold over short edge of first strip with right sides together, and sew along long edge with 1/4” seam.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Press wrinkles out of strip and fold over at short edge again, covering seam. Sew along long edge with 1/4” top stitch seam.
  • Repeat for second strap.
  • Trim straps to 28” (71 cm) long or desired length.

Prepare Lining

  • Cut 2 pieces in Color D to 12” x 14-1/2” (30.5 cm x 37 cm), or to size of quilted tote front and back pieces.
  • With right sides together, and starting at long edge, sew along 3 sides with 1/4” seam, leaving a 4” (10 cm) opening on one of the long side seams and using reinforcement stitches at start and end. Clip bottom corners. Do not turn right side out.

Assemble Tote

  • Starting with first strap, pin short edges of first strap on front of tote, being careful not to twist strap. Repeat for second strap on back of tote.
  • With sewing machine free arm, attach straps by sewing 1/4” seam around top edge, using reinforcement stitches at start and end.
  • Position tote with straps right side out on inside of liner. Liner wrong side is out, with right sides facing tote right sides.
  • With sewing machine free arm, attach liner to tote by sewing 1/2” seam around top edge, using reinforcement stitches at start and end.
  • Turn lining right side out and pull tote out through lining opening. Sew lining opening closed using reinforcement stitches at start and end.
  • Push liner inside of tote.
  • Optional: With sewing machine free arm, sew a decorative 1/4” topstitch through tote and liner working around top edge with right side facing out.
  • Trim threads and press.
  • A video showing bag assembly is available below.
  • If you can’t see the Stack and Slice Quilted Tote video above, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
© 2021, 2022 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2022/07/11/sewing-pattern-stack-and-slice-quilted-tote/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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