Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the final of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi dog is easy to crochet, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too. Customize your version by adding more spots, or choosing different colors for the ears and spots.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - Theodore Bear, Spot Dog, and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals on bed

Theodore Bear was the first pattern in this series and Wilbur Pig was the second. Today, I’m finishing the collection with the Spot Dog Pillow Pal!

My version of Spot Dog is relatively simple, but you can make as many spots as you’d like for your version.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on faux fur background

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • Get regular emails with links to the Make Along patterns by signing up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

If you make your own Spot Dog Pillow Pal, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the third of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch by Fiber Flux is available here.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Eye Spot and Nose; and CC is the color of the Smile.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.
  • Crochet Spot has a helpful surface crochet tutorial here.

Pattern Instructions

Nose

  • With CB, ch 4, skip 3 ch, sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, pm in last st to mark position, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Eye Spot

  • With CB, rep instructions for Nose.

Ears (Make 2)

  • Starting with a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming, with CB, ch 18.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 17 ch. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 16 sts.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog, dc in next st and in each st across. (Decreases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-9: Rep Row 3, 6 times until 10 sts remain.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog twice, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog twice. (6 sts)
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog 3 times. Fasten off CB. (3 sts)

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Position Eye Spot and Nose on Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Nose and sew Nose to Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Eye Spot and sew Eye Spot to Front.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Use CC to create a mouth. I used a crochet hook to surface crochet on the unworked front loops (see Pattern Notes) for my version but you can also embroider on a mouth with yarn needle.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 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/blog/2019/07/07/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-spot-dog-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on faux fur background

Wilbur Pig is the second of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi pig is a simple, beginner-friendly crochet project, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Theodore Bear (at left) was the first pillow pal in this series, and today I’m sharing Wilbur Pig. The third pattern in this series for the Spot Dog Pillow Pal is available here.

Theodore Bear and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals, free crochet patterns by Underground Crafter - crochet bear and crochet pig on couch

Confession: Don’t tell the other Pillow Pals, but Wilbur is my favorite. I really love his face and ears and how the colors combined. I hope you’ll love him, too.

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on couch

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • Get regular emails with links to the Make Along patterns by signing up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

If you make your own Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

Add the Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal to your favorites or queue, or buy the ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

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Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on faux fur background

Wilbur Pig is the second of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern      

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Muzzle; and CC is the color of the Nostrils.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.

Pattern Instructions

Muzzle

  • With CB, ch 12.
  • Round 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 9 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm in second of 4 sc, turn to crochet along undworked side of foundation chain, sc in next 9 ch, 2 sc in next ch, pm in last st, do not join, begin to work in unjoined spirals.
  • Round 2: 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc.
  • Rounds 3-4: Rep Round 2 twice.
  • Final Round: Hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in last st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-14: Rep Row 3, 11 times until 15 sts remain. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Thread yarn needle with CC and sew 2 Nostrils on Muzzle.
  • Position Muzzle on Front. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Muzzle and join Muzzle with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to Front, stopping to stuff Muzzle with fiber filling before closing seam.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 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/blog/2019/07/04/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-wilbur-pig-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Theodore Bear Pillow Pal

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear pillow pal on faux fur background

Theodore Bear is the first of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This cuddly bear is easy to make and a round pillow form makes stuffing simple, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Pillow pals are fun to make, and since they are stuffed with pillows, they are easier to make than other types of amigurumi. Your stitches don’t need to be as tight (since the pillow won’t fall out of your stitches like stuffing might) and you can just insert a pillow and the stuffing part of the project is finished!

Theodore Bear (at left) is the first of three animal-themed pillow pals I’m releasing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along. You can also get the patterns for Wilbur Pig and Spot Dog Pillow Pals.

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear, pig, and dog pillow pals on couch

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear pillow pal on faux fur background

Theodore Bear is the first of three animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form

Materials

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

If you make your own Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

Add the Theodore Bear Pillow Pal to your favorites or queue, or buy the ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

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Sewing Pattern: Geometric Appliqué Tote

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - flatlay photo with tote bag with circular appliques, notebook, tablet, and pens on faux brick backdrop

I recently took a class to up my machine appliqué skills and I’m sharing a quick project you can make to learn how to machine appliqué. You can use machine appliqué for all types of sewing projects, including quilts and embellishment on clothing, gifts, and more.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock and this post is part of our ongoing collaboration. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fairfield World and Fiskars. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

One of the reasons I was so attracted to the Baby Lock Jubilant is because it is a very portable machine. (You can read my full review and watch my unboxing of the Jubilant here.) At under 15 pounds (under 7 kg), I can carry it around with me during my adventures around New York City. A few weeks ago, I had the day off and saw that my local quilt shop, Gotham Quilts, was offering a machine appliqué workshop taught by Justin from Keaton Quilts.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Gotham Quilts storefront sign

Though Gotham Quilts has its own machines, I prefer to bring my own machine to classes so I can focus on learning the technique, rather than on trying to figure out a new-to-me machine. Justin’s sample project was this pretty little heart quilt.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - heart appliqued quilt

Although it’s pretty easy to carry around my Baby Lock Jubilant using just the handle, I brought it down to the shop with my Genuine Collection Machine Tote. It was actually raining fairly heavily on the day I took the class, so I stored all my class supplies in the Machine Tote and I didn’t have to carry an extra bag.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Baby Lock Jubilant in sewing machine tote

Since I have a history of not finishing class projects, I picked some bright fabrics to go with my background fabric to make a pillow instead.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - fabric choices

With my fabric selected, I went upstairs to the classroom and unpacked my machine…

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Baby Lock Jubilant in bag

…popped in the Invisible Thread

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Baby Lock Jubilant

…and (fast-forward through the ironing and cutting), I was ready to machine applique!

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - sewing with Baby Lock Jubilant machine

And, in case you are wondering… no, the pillow top isn’t finished. But I do have all the appliques sewn on to one side, so that counts for something, right?

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - appliqued hearts on cat fabric against Baby Lock Jubilant sewing machine

This is the eleventh pattern in the Little Gifts Sew Along. Are you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.
  • Use the button below on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.

Geometric Machine Appliqué Tote

Sewing Pattern by Underground Crafter

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - flatlay photo with tote bag with circular appliques, notebook, tablet, and pens on faux brick backdrop

The Geometric Machine Appliqué Tote is a great project for learning or practicing your machine appliqué skills. It folds up easily so it makes a great everyday market bag. You can also use appliqué to add letters or other customization to make it special for the recipient. It makes a great project bag for your favorite crafter, or a simple folding tote for any eco-friendly shopper avoiding plastic bags. You can also use it as gift wrap! This is the eleventh of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Size

  • Tote: 13.5” (34 cm) x 10” (25.5 cm).

Tools

Materials

Instructions

Prepare fabric and interfacing

  • Iron your fabric.
  • If using yardage, cut one 14″ (35.5 cm) piece across the length of the fabric.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - cutting fabric on cutting board
  • Trim the selvedge and cut the fabric in half across the full length. Each piece should measure approximately 14″ (35.5 cm) by 21″ (53.5 cm). Fold each of these pieces in half along the long edge. One piece will be the front of the bag and the other will be the lining.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - cutting fabric on cutting board
  • If you are using fat quarters, cut one 14″ (35.5 cm) by 21″ (53.5 cm) piece from each of two fat quarters. Fold each piece in half along the long edge. One piece will be the front of the bag and the other will be the lining.
  • Cut two strips of fabric for the handles. I cut mine to 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide and trimmed them to about 26″ (66 cm) each. If using fat quarters, you may need to piece 2.5″ (6.5 cm) strips together to get the right length for your handles.
  • Cut your two scrap pieces for the appliqués so they are large enough for the circle shapes to fit inside.
  • Cut your pieces of Fairfield World Stick double-sided fusible interfacing to the same size as your fabric scrap pieces.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - cut pieces of fabric and stick
  • Follow the instructions on your fusible interfacing to iron it to the wrong side of your fabric. I sandwiched the fabric and fusible interfacing between Goddess Pressing Sheet to keep my iron clean.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - iroing on stick to back of fabric
  • If you’re using a Sizzix, follow instructions to cut your circles. If you’re using circular objects, trace an outline of each shape with a fabric marker and then cut out with fabric shears.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - fabric reading for cutting with Sizzix Big Shot on faux brick backdrop

Machine appliqué the fabric

  • Position your appliqués as desired on the front side of the fabric for the front of your bag. Be sure to leave at least 1/2″ (1.5 cm) clearance on all sides for seams. The fusible interfacing side should be pressed against the right side of the fabric.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - appliques being pressed
  • Follow the instructions on your fusible interfacing to iron it to the front side of your bag. I sandwiched the fabric and fusible interfacing between Goddess Pressing Sheet to keep my iron clean.
  • Using a neutral, 100% cotton thread in your bobbin and Dritz Invisible Thread, select a zig zag stitch on your machine and change your presser foot if necessary. (I used the J foot on my Baby Lock Jubilant with stitch #7 for the heart pillow and stitch #6 for the geometric tote.)
  • Tip: Try out different stitch widths and lengths on the zig zag stitch on a scrap piece of fabric to find what you like best.
  • Secure the first stitch on the line of the circle. Then, working slowly, zig zag around the circle. When turning, keep your needle down and lift your presser foot to make it easier to control the direction of your applique stitches.

Finish bag

  • With the right sides facing and using a 1/4″ seam, sew two sides closed on the front piece of your bag. Turn right side out.
  • With the right sides facing and using a 1/4″ seam, sew one side closed on the lining of your bag. Continue to sew on additional side, leaving a 4” (10 cm) opening on one of the side seams.
  • Fold the straps along the long edge with the right sides together and press down the length with your iron. With a 1/4″ seam, sew each strap closed.
  • Using the tweezers, turn each strap right side out. Press gently with iron to remove wrinkles. Trim straps to the same length.
  • Pin the short edges of the straps to the right side of the front piece of the bag as pictured below. With the first strap, pin one short edge to the top of the front and the second short edge to the top of the front of the bag. Repeat with the other strap on the back of the bag, being sure to line up the straps.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - straps pinned to bag
  • Using your machine’s free arm and with the right side of the bag facing up, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top edge of the bag, sewing the straps in place. Remove pins as you work.
  • Place the front of the bag with the right side out inside of the lining. The lining should still have the right sides together/wrong sides out. Pin in place.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - front of bag inside lining
  • Using your machine’s free arm, sew a 1/2″ seam allowance along the top of the lining, sewing the front of the bag with the straps in place to the lining. Remove pins as you work.
  • Turn the bag right side out, pulling through the 4” (10 cm) opening in the lining.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - pulling right side of bag out of lining
  • Sew the opening in the lining closed.
  • Put the lining back in the bag.
  • Working on the right side of the bag and using your machine’s free arm, sew a top stitch around the edge, working over front, lining, and straps.
  • Trim threads and enjoy your tote.

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter

The Quilted Tote is a quick project for using up existing quilt blocks or for busting through your stash of fat quarters. You can gift it to another crafter (it makes a great project bag), pair it with a book or tablet (it’s also a cute, padded carrying case), or use it as gift wrap.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fairfield World and Fiskars.

I’ve included instructions for piecing the quilt blocks for the bag front and back, but you can substitute existing 8.5” square quilt blocks for the front or back of the bag instead. I made my Quilted Tote small enough for my tablet, but you can adjust the basic parts of the pattern to make it larger or smaller. If you’re resizing, cut the lining and batting to the size of your finished squares for the front and back, and cut the bag straps to 2.5” (6.5 cm) wide by about 2.5 to 3 times the length of the front of your bag. It’s always better to make the straps longer than necessary because you can tie a knot or use a decorative pin to shorten them, but if the straps are too short, there’s not much you can do to fix the bag!

This is the eighth pattern in the Little Gifts Sew Along. Are you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.
  • Use the button below on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.

Quilted Tote

Sewing Pattern by Underground Crafter

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter

The Quilted Tote is a quick-to-sew project you can gift to your favorite crafter (as a project bag) or to a techie or reader (as a padded carrying case for a tablet or book). You can also use it as gift wrap! This is the eighth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Size

  • Tote: 7.75” (19.5 cm) x 7.75” (19.5 cm).

Tools

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric.
    • I used most of 2 batik fat quarters for my version, and some “ugly fabric” muslin for the backing. You could also use 3 fat quarters.
  • Cotton thread
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Project Fleece Small or a small piece of batting (see measurements below).

Instructions

Prepare fabric and batting

  • Iron your fabric.
  • Layer 2 fat quarters on top of each other with the right sides facing. Trim the edges so both pieces are the same size.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cutting fat quarters with Fiskars rotary cutter
  • Cut pieces for the quilt blocks, lining, and straps in the following sizes through both layers. With each cut, you will make 2 pieces, or 1 piece in each fabric.
    • Lining fabric: 8.5” (21.5 cm) square.
    • Strips for quilt blocks: Cut 2 strips to 3” (7.5 cm) x 18” (46 cm). You will have 4 strips since you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric.
    • Bag straps: Cut 2 straps to 2.5” (6.5 cm) x length of fabric (approximately 22”/56 cm). You will have 4 pieces since you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cut fabric
  • For the backing, cut 2 pieces of 8.5” (21.5 cm) square. This will not be seen so you can use an “ugly” fabric, muslin, or scraps.
  • Cut 2 pieces of 8.5” (21.5 cm) square from the batting.

Make quilt blocks for front and back of bag

  • Note: If you are using existing quilt blocks for your version, skip down to “Quilting the blocks.”
  • With the right sides together, sew the strips for the quilt blocks together along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Press the seams flat on the strips.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | fabric strips
  • Trim strips to 8 pieces, each measuring 4.5” (11.5 cm) long.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cut fabric strips
  • Place a trimmed strip with right sides facing perpendicular to another trimmed strip and sew together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat until you have 4 sets of blocks.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | piecing blocks
  • Trim each block to 4.5” (11.5 cm) square.
  • With a 1/4″ seam allowance and with right sides facing, sew 2 blocks together for the front and 2 blocks together for the back.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | assembling blocks
  • Trim your new blocks to 8.5” (21.5 cm) square (or, to the same size if they are smaller or larger).

Quilting the blocks

  • Make 2 “quilt sandwiches” for the front and the back of the bag.
  • Layer the quilt blocks right side up at the top, put the batting underneath the block, and put the backing fabric underneath the batting.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilt sandwich
  • Quilt the blocks. I used the “hand-look quilting stitch” (#17) on my Baby Lock Jubilant and the Stitch Guide Foot from the Quilting Foot Kit and started by working a diagonal line across the center of the blocks.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilting
  • I used the Stitch Guide Foot’s ruler to create lines that were the same distance from previous quilt line.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilting
  • Trim the quilted blocks if necessary.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilted block

Make bag straps

  • Position the strips for the bag straps right sides together and sew closed along each long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Press flat and trim straps to the same length.

Assemble bag

  • Position the quilted blocks right sides together and sew closed around 3 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag front
  • Place the lining fabric pieces with the right sides together. Sew closed around 3 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 4” (10 cm) opening on one of the side seams.
  • Pin the short edges of the straps to the bag as pictured below. With the first strap, pin one short edge to the top of the front and the second short edge to the top of the front of the bag. Repeat with the other strap on the back of the bag, being sure to line up the straps.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag front with straps
  • Using your machine’s free arm and with the right side of the bag facing up, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top edge of the bag, sewing the straps in place. Remove pins as you work.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | sewing on straps
  • Place the quilted part of the bag with the right side out inside of the lining. The lining should still have the right sides together/wrong sides out. Pin in place.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag liner with bag inside
  • Using your machine’s free arm, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top of the lining, sewing the quilted part of the bag with the straps in place to the lining. Remove pins as you work.
  • Turn the bag right side out, pulling through the 4” (10 cm) opening in the lining.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | open seam in fabric liner
  • Sew the opening in the lining closed.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | sewing up fabric liner
  • Put the lining back in the bag. Leave some of the lining (about 1/4″/0.5 cm) visible at the top.
  • Working on the right side of the bag and using your machine’s free arm, make a seam using a decorative stitch. I used the “hand-look quilt stitch” and the J presser foot on my Baby Lock Jubilant.
  • Trim threads and enjoy your tote.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | finished tote