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.

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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!

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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

Sewing Pattern: Simple Stamped Napkins

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

The Simple Stamped Napkins are a quick gift that you can easily customize by adjusting the size, or using different fabrics, stamps, inks, or thread. This low-sew project is easy enough for a sewing beginner.

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The Simple Stamped Napkins are the type of gift you can customize easily to make them special for the recipient. These can be made as last-minute host(ess) gifts, or for a housewarming, or for your favorite home chef, or for almost any other occasion where a home-cooked meal will be served! To customize your set…

Pick the size. I made small napkins, just 12” (30.5 cm) square, for this project. If you’d like to make something more substantial (perhaps for Thanksgiving dinner!), 16” (40.5 cm) square, 18” (46 cm) square, 20” (51 cm) square, or 24” (61 cm) square are common larger napkin sizes.

Choose the fabric. You can make a coordinating set, using different fat quarters for each napkin. Or, use cut yardage for a set of napkins in the same fabric, like I did. A solid or mottled fabric would highlight the stamps the most.

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Select your stamps. I used the 2” square stamps from three Unity Stamp Company Ann Butler stamp setsChevron, Stripes, and Double Stripes — but you could choose any stamps. If you’re new to fabric stamping, I do recommend using square or rectangle stamps because it’s much easier to line up the next stamp to the previous stamp and create a straight decoration.

Find your fabric ink colors. I used Ann Butler’s ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Limelight, Aquamarine, and Berry.

Make a bold choice in thread. The thread you use to finish each napkin will be visible, so make an interesting choice! I used a variegated thread in a contrasting color for my version.

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

This is the fourth 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.
Little Gifts Sew Along 2019 with Underground Crafter

Simple Stamped Napkins

Sewing Project by Underground Crafter

The Simple Stamped Napkins is an easy-to-customize gift that can be made to delight any host(ess). This is the fourth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Tools

Materials

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Instructions

Prepare fabric

  • Iron your fabric.
  • Cut fabric into squares in your preferred size. Each square will make one napkin. The ones I made are 12” (30.5 cm) square. Other common napkin sizes are 16” (40.5 cm) square, 18” (46 cm) square, 20” (51 cm) square, or 24” (61 cm) square.

Decorate your napkins

  • Apply ink to your first stamp. Press firmly on fabric. Continue stamping until you create a look that appeals to you. If you’re new to stamping fabric, you may find this demonstration video by Ann Butler helpful.
  • Let the ink dry.
  • Set the ink by pressing with iron.

Finish edges of napkins

  • Using a sewing machine with an overcasting foot and variegated thread, follow the machine’s instructions to enclose the raw edges with an overcast stitch. Alternatively, use a serger.
Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Crochet Pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf

Free crochet pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Underground CrafterThe Bonfire Fringe Scarf Free is a free crochet pattern for a striped, ripple scarf. It’s made using simple increases and decreases and there’s no need to weave in ends! Since it’s crocheted from side to side, the yarn tails are part of the fringe. This easy peasy scarf makes a great accessory for yourself or to gift. And, I’m even sharing a great tip for trimming your fringe to perfection.

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Do you ever come across a crafting tip or hack and it’s so amazing, but also so simple, that you don’t understand how you have lived your life to this point without knowing about it? Well, a few weeks back this helpful video tutorial for cutting fringe with a rotary cutter by One Dog Woof showed up in my Facebook feed. Mind blown! How had I never done this before? I was practically kicking myself. I knew I had to try it out, especially since the nice folks at Fiskars had just sent me their Folding Cutting Mat, Folding Ruler, and RazorEdge Softgrip Fabric Shears for some upcoming sewing projects.

Fiskars Folding Ruler and Cutting Mat with Razor Edge via Underground CrafterThese are perfect for me because I do a lot of crafting on the go, and they fold up for carrying (and, in the case of the scissors, sheath for safety) and then expand to full size once you get to your crafting destination. The picture below also includes my trusty Fiskars 45 mm Easy Change Ergo Control Rotary Cutter.

Fiskars Folding Ruler and Cutting Mat with Razor Edge via Underground CrafterNow that I had my rotary cutter and mat set up, I went digging into my yarn stash for the perfect colors for a project with fringe. I had several skeins of Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn, a soft acrylic yarn, on hand. Confession: These skeins were supposed to be for a totally different project, but now all I could think of was a scarf with fringe and I loved the color combination!

Free crochet pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Underground Crafter | Detail of striped crochet ripple patternRipple patterns are so fun to crochet and they look great with fringe, so I searched for a simple ripple pattern with no complicated decreases in my stitch guide collection. I came across this stitch pattern and I love how it turned out with the colors. There’s a great, earthy look to it and it’s a very unisex color combination.

Free crochet pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Underground Crafter | striped ripple scarf with fringe on fabricThe best part of this scarf is that, because it’s crocheted side to side, you don’t have to weave in any ends. That’s right, not a single yarn tail gets woven in. They all end up in the fringe.

Free crochet pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Underground Crafter | striped crochet ripple scarf with fringe on hangerThis makes it the Bonfire Fringe Scarf a pretty quick project. So, how exactly did I trim my fringe to perfection? I used ChiWei’s hack of cutting it with my rotary cutter. It makes the fringe edges so much easier to deal with. If you have a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and quilting ruler on hand, I highly recommend using this method. It’s much faster than the dreaded scissor trim that I usually do.

Free crochet pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Underground Crafter | cutting fringe with Fiskars rotary cutterIf you make your own Bonfire Fringe Scarf, 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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Bonfire Fringe Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Bonfire Fringe Scarf in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Underground CrafterThis striped scarf keeps you cozy against the chill of the night. The simple ripple pattern doesn’t use any complicated decreases, and there’s no need to weave in any ends because of the fringed edges.

 

Finished Size

  • Adult: 55.5” (141 cm) long x 5.5” (14 cm) wide without fringe; 65” (165 cm) long with fringe.

Materials

Gauge

  • 1 ripple (from valley to valley) = 2.5” (6.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • () Instructions between parentheses are worked in same stitch or space.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • Starting with CA and leaving a long yarn tail (approximately 10”/25.5 cm) to be used for fringe (see Pattern Notes), ch 224 (or any multiple of 10 sts, + 4).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 3 ch (counts as dc), dc in next 5 ch, *sk 2 ch, dc in next 4 ch, ch 2, dc in next 4 ch; rep from * across to last 6 sts, sk 2 ch, dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc in last ch, changing to CB in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CA. (221 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *sk 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * across to last 6 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing to CA in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2, changing to CC in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CA.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2, changing to CA in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CC.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2, changing to CB in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CA.
  • Rows 6-9: Rep Rows 2-5.

Add Fringe

  • Prepare 18 groups of fringe (one group for each row on each side of scarf) as follows:
  • Cut 12” (30.5 cm) pieces of CA, CB, and CC (or add approximately 1”/2.5 cm to your planned final length of fringe and then double that number).
  • Fold each group of 3 strands of yarn in half.
  • Attach fringe using crochet hook at end of each row, incorporating hanging yarn tail from that row into group. See Pattern Notes for detailed photo tutorial for attaching fringe.
  • Repeat for each row on each side of scarf.
  • Trim fringe to approximately 5” (13 cm). I used the rotary cutter method. See Pattern Notes for video tutorial for trimming fringe with rotary cutter.
© 2018 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/2018/12/12/crochet-pattern-bonfire-fringe-ripple-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!