36+ Handmade Gift Ideas for Women

36+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Women via Underground Crafter

Welcome to the second roundup of the Christmas in July Make Along! This week’s theme is gifts for women, and I’ve searched the web to find you 36 handmade gift ideas, including 17 free crochet patterns, 7 free knitting patterns, and 12 free sewing patterns. If you still need more inspiration, I’ve included links to several more roundups with 165 more ideas!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. All photos are © the respective designers and publishers and are used with permission.

  • If you’re just hearing about the Christmas in July Make Along, you can find out more here. 29 bloggers have teamed up to bring you 31 days of handmade gift ideas and the chance to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • If you’d like regular email reminders during the Make Along, sign up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • 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.
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36 Handmade Gift Ideas for Women

Roundup by Underground Crafter

36+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Women via Underground Crafter

17 Free Crochet Patterns

These patterns include wearable and toteable accessories and garments for women in a range of sizes.

36+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Women via Underground Crafter - crochet pattern collage

Left column, from top to bottom:

  • THE Necklace by ACCROchet: This recipe-style pattern is easy to customize as a necklace or bracelet.
  • Divine Lotus Triangle Scarf by Sweet Potato Crochet Creations: This beautiful, lightweight cowl is made with a super fine (#1/sock/fingering) yarn.
  • Glencoe Tartan Poncho by Hopeful Honey: This beautiful poncho updates the classic tartan look.
  • Mysa Sweatshirt Sweater by One Dog Woof: This beginner-friendly garment pattern is available in 6 sizes from XS through 2X.

Second column, from top to bottom:

  • Shades of Pink Infinity Scarf by Nana’s Crafty Home: This gently textured accessory is made with a self-patterning yarn that does all the colorwork for you!
  • Copenhagen Cowl by Fiber Flux: This delicate and feminine cowl pattern includes a video tutorial.
    Victoriana Shawl by Underground Crafter: This luxurious and lacy shawl is crocheted using two skeins of hand dyed yarn.
  • Sweet Honeycomb Super Wrap by Stitch in Progress: This beautiful and colorful shawl includes a video tutorial for the special stitch pattern.

Third column, from top to bottom:

  • Chic Plaid Wristlet by The Stitchin’ Mommy: This quick and trendy project is great for wearing to a casual night out.
  • Chimera Scarf by A Crocheted Simplicity: This textured triangle scarf uses a self-striping yarn to keep colorwork easy.
  • Neopolitan Scratch and Sniff by Jessie At Home: This striped poncho fits beautifully on a range of body types.
  • Journey Bag by City Farmhouse Studio: This beginner-friendly project uses a self-striping yarn to do all the colorwork.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Everly Headband Cowl by Made with a Twist: This convertible project can be worn as a headband or a cowl and has a beautiful floral embellishment.
  • Uptown Poncho by Crochet Dreamz: This knit-look, buttoned poncho includes a video tutorial for the special stitch pattern.
  • Francesca Boot Cuffs by The Lavender Chair: This quick-to-make accessory is perfect for a last-minute gift or to use to stock a handmade gift closet.
  • Winter Solstice Dress by Dora Does: This simple, ribbed dress is sized to fit a US size 4-6/UK size 8-10.
  • Coming soon: A pattern by E’Claire Makery (not pictured)

7 Free Knitting Patterns

These patterns includes quick and easy projects, complex projects, and lots of colorwork! Shown clockwise from top left corner.

36+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Women via Underground Crafter - knitting pattern collage
  • In Succession Earwarmer by EyeLoveKnots: Thiseasy earwarmer works up quickly in bulky yarn and is available in 4 sizes from toddler through adult large.
  • Gingham Sweater by Sewrella: This stranded colorwork sweater pattern is available in 7 sizes from XS through 3XL.
  • Starburst Lace Yoke Cardigan by ABC Knitting Patterns: This classic cardigan is available in 6 sizes from S through 3XL.
  • 3-D Cowl by Hooked for Life: This plush, textured cowl includes a video tutorial.
  • Introspection Shrug by Brome Fields: This simple, oversized knit pattern includes a video tutorial for attaching the sleeve.
  • The Ultimate Scarf by LeeLee Knits: This stylish, beginner-friendly scarf pattern uses bulky yarn to create plush coziness.
  • The Willow by Handy Little Me: This two-color beanie works up quickly using super bulky yarn.

12 Free Sewing Patterns

These patterns include bags, scarves, headbands, spa gifts, and more!

36+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Women via Underground Crafter - sewing pattern collage

Left column, from top to bottom:

  • Best Oven Mitts by Sew What Alicia: This pattern includes both PDF files and SVG cut files if you want to cut your fabric on a cutting machine.
  • Striped Leather Bag by Sisters, What!: This pattern includes step-by-step tutorial pictures.
  • Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case by Underground Crafter: This easy peasy sewing pattern makes the perfect gift for the woman who needs some relaxation and self-care time!
  • Easy Knotted Headband by Mary Martha Mama via AllFreeSewing: This quick gift makes a great accessory to keep hair out of the face in winter winds.

Center column, from top to bottom:

  • Origami Bag by Sew Different: This crossbody bag has a paper crafts look.
  • Vintage DIY Belt by I Heart Naptime via AllFreeSewing: This pattern includes instructions for sewing your own decorative bow to attach to a pre-made or handmade belt.
  • Reversible Sleep Mask by Try It Like It Create It: This project is the perfect gift for anyone who needs to catch a few extra zzzzzs.
  • Simple, Cozy DIY Blanket Scarf by Create Enjoy via AllFreeSewing: This easy peasy scarf can be made with plaid fabric like in the sample or in other prints for different looks.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • DIY Tea Towel Apron by Heather Handmade: Make a cute and quick apron gift using tea towels! This pattern includes a video tutorial.
  • Cozy iPhone Scarf by Sewing Rabbit via AllFreeSewing: This scarf includes a hidden pocket for a smartphone.
  • Double Zipper Pouch by Always Expect Moore: This little clutch is perfect for a short trip out of the house and includes a tutorial for inserting the zipper.
  • Faux Leather Glasses Case via AllFreeSewing: This faux leather case uses cotton fabric to add a bright pop of color to this case.
Still need more inspiration for the perfect gift idea for a woman on your handmade holiday gift list? Try these other roundups for 165 more gift ideas ideas!
40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter
28 Free Crochet Patterns for Gifts for Women via Underground Crafter
Roundup: 14 Free Granny-Inspired Crochet Patterns for Women's Accessories via Underground Crafter collage
29 Free Tutorials and Patterns for Handmade Bags via Underground Crafter - Find your next project in this roundup featuring free fabric, crochet, and knitting patterns and tutorials for totes, messenger bags, clutches, purses, and more!
50+ Patterns and Tutorials for Shawls, Wraps, Capes, and Ponchos That Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter, including 6 sewing tutorials, 32 crochet patterns, and 16 knitting patterns -- all free!

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens via Underground Crafter

Welcome to the first roundup of the Christmas in July Make Along! This week’s theme is gifts for babies, kids, and teens, and I’ve searched the web to find you 28 handmade gift ideas, including 12 free crochet patterns, 9 free knitting patterns, and 7 free sewing patterns. If you still need more inspiration, I’ve included links to several more roundups with over 150 more ideas! Most of these patterns make great gifts year round, but I’ve also included some that are just for the winter holidays.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. All photos are © the respective designers and publishers and are used with permission.

  • If you’re just hearing about the Christmas in July Make Along, you can find out more here. 29 bloggers have teamed up to bring you 31 days of handmade gift ideas and the chance to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • If you’d like regular email reminders during the Make Along, sign up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • 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.
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28 Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens

Roundup by Underground Crafter

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens via Underground Crafter

12 Free Crochet Patterns

These patterns include softies, garments, and accessories for babies through teens. Shown clockwise from top left corner.

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens via Underground Crafter - crochet collage

9 Free Knitting Patterns

These patterns include blankets, garments, accessories, and doll clothes for babies through teens.

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens via Underground Crafter - knitting collage

Left column, from top to bottom:

Center column, from top to bottom:

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Team Colors by Stitches n Scraps: Customize this scarf with a teen’s favorite team’s colors.
  • Stocking Hat by Posh Patterns: This makes a great hat for baby’s first winter!
  • Peace Hat by Two of Wands: This hat is embellished with the duplicate stitch and embroidery and makes a great gift for teens.

7 Free Sewing Patterns

These patterns include accessories, toys, and room decor for babies, children, and teams. Shown clockwise from top left corner:

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Teens via Underground Crafter - sewing collage

Still need more inspiration for handmade gifts for kids? Get 152 more ideas from these roundups!

22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen via Underground Crafter
40 Free Crochet Animal Patterns via Underground Crafter
Roundup: 21 Free Crochet Patterns To Make Great Gifts for Babies, Kids, and Teens via Underground Crafter
Collage of knit projects for babies and kids with text overlay | Roundup: 9 Adorable Free Knitting Patterns for Babies and Kids via Underground Crafter
60 Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids via Underground Crafter - includes free crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns and no-sew and crafty tutorials

Christmas in July Make Along

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I’ve teamed up with 28 other bloggers for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along! We’re bringing you a month full of free patterns to kick start the handmade holiday season — including crochet, knitting, and sewing projects. There’s something new to make every day in July, and you can also enter to win great prizes from some of our favorite companies!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.

This is the main post for 2019 Christmas in July Make Along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along Works,
  • How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make along,
  • 2019 Christmas in July Make Along Schedule,
  • 2019 Christmas in July Make Along Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along Giveaway.

How the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along Works

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Every day in July, a participating blogger will release a new free crochet, knitting, or sewing pattern. Each week will have a theme.

  • Week 1 (July 1-7): Babies, Kids, and Teens                   
  • Week 2 (July 8-14): Women               
  • Week 3 (July 15-21): Men                    
  • Week 4 (July 22-28): Home                   
  • Week 5 (July 29-31): Pets

At the end of each week, I’ll share a roundup of the week’s projects with even more handmade gift ideas.

We’ve also partnered with some of our favorite companies, including Baby Lock, Clover USA, DryeGoods, Eucalan, Hummingbird Lane Fabrics and Notions, Kraemer Yarns, Kristin Omdahl, Red Heart, Search Press North America, and ThermOWeb, to get 18 great prizes for you! Find out more information about participating bloggers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes by scrolling down in this blog post. The deadline for entering the giveaway is Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • 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!
  • If you’d like regular email reminders during the Make Along, sign up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • 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.
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2019 Christmas in July Make Along Schedule

This list will be updated during the Make Along to include links to each pattern and roundup as it is released.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along Giveaway Prizes

We’ve partnered with some of our favorite companies to get 17 great prizes for participants in this Make Along. Read on for more details about the prizes and how to enter for your chance to win one of these prizes!

Baby Lock will provide one winner with a Genuine Collection Tumbler and Vinyl Project Bag. Show your support by following Baby Lock on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter 2019 - Baby Lock prize

Clover USA will provide three lucky winners each with one prize package. The crochet package includes the Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge, 2 Clover Amour Hooks in the winner’s choice of sizes, and a Pom Pom Maker Set.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - Clover USA crochet prize

The knitting package includes the Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge, a Pom Pom Maker Set, an Extra Small Pom Pom Maker, and the Knitting Accessory Set for Beginners.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - Clover USA knitting prize

The sewing package includes I Sew for Fun Wonder Clips, I Sew for Fun Roll & Press, a Seam Ripper, a set of Heart-Shaped Pins, and Flexible Thimble Set. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - Clover USA sewing prize

DryeGoods is providing one winner with a set of ceramic buttons containing one large botanically themed focal button, four medium geometric buttons along with four mini buttons in shades of green. Show your support by following DryeGoods on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - set of 9 ceramic green buttons on wooden background

Eucalan is providing each of five winners with a large and a small bottle of Delicate Wash in the winner’s choice of scents: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, Natural, or Jasmine. Show your support by following Eucalan on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - Eucalan Delicate Wash bottle

Hummingbird Lane Fabric and Notions is providing on winner with a fat quarter bundle of Shiny Objects Holiday Twinkle by Flaurie and Finch including 17 fat quarters (18″ x 21″ each) in prints with glitter and metallic that really sparkle. Show your support by following Hummingbird Lane on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

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Kraemer Yarns is providing two winners with three skeins of Perfection, a worsted weight blend of U.S. merino and acrylic yarn, in holiday colors: Crimson, Holly, and Snowflake. Show your support by following Kraemer Yarns on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - Kraemer Yarns Perfection - skein of red yarn on its side

Kristin Omdahl is providing two lucky winners each with a copy of one of her newest books: Layers: 18 Crochet Projects to Fit, Flatter, and Drape and Layers: 19 Knit Projects to Fit, Flatter, and Drape. Show your support by following Kristin on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

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Red Heart is providing one winner with a prize package including a Pom Pom and Tassel Maker in the winner’s choice of colors; the winner’s choice of Silvalume Single Point Knitting Needle Set or Silvalume Aluminum Crochet Hook Set; 3 skeins of Hygge yarn in the winner’s choice of colors; 2 skeins of Super Saver Ombre yarn in the winner’s choice of colors; and 4 skeins of Croquette yarn in the winner’s choice of colors. Show your support by following Red Heart on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Hygge Home Crochet Along with CAL Central and Red Heart Yarns - Red Heart prize pack

Search Press North America is providing one lucky winner with the winner’s choice of prize package. The crochet package includes Colorful Wayuu Bags to Crochet and Crocheted Cactuses; the knitting package includes Pocket Pets and Mini Knitted Cosmos; and the sewing package includes Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar and Jelly Roll Scraps. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

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ThermOWeb is providing one lucky winner a prize package including a Deco Foil Transfer Sheets Value Pack in RainbowDeco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive, and PeelnStick Ruler Tape. These are great for customizing any fabric or sewing project! Show your support by following ThermOWeb on Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube.

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Continue on to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Enter the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along Giveaway

  • This is the giveaway for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along hosted and organized by Underground Crafter.
  • Enter the giveaway using any of the options on the Rafflecopter widget below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
  • Eighteen winners will be chosen from the entries at random to win a prize from Baby Lock, Clover USA, DryeGoods, Eucalan, Hummingbird Lane Fabrics and Notions Kraemer Yarns, Kristin Omdahl, Red Heart, Search Press North America, and ThermOWeb. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with Rafflecopter and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too!
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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.
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  • 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.
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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