Lined Tote Bag – A Sewing Pattern

camera bag watermarked

I recently took a “bag making workshop” that I really enjoyed.  I also recently had some complimentary photos taken of me and my hubby by my talented friend.  As a “thank you” for my friend, I thought, why not make her a bag?  You know…put my new bag making skills to the test.  Well, I’m thrilled that I was able to do it!  A little quality instruction and practice can go a long way.

The bag I made is based on this lovely FREE pattern by “The Inspired Wren” – thank you!  Her tutorial is available on her blog but I loved how I could get a PDF version as well off of Craftsy.  You can find the link to the Craftsy PDF here.

Her instructions were very clear and easy to follow, her pictures were great, and she had some handy tips.

To make the bag durable, the pattern suggested using indoor/outdoor fabric and/or duck cloth but when I saw this “camera” quilting fabric, I knew it would be perfect for my friend!  (I purchased the fabric at Hobby Lobby here.)    So, instead of using indoor/outdoor fabric or heavy canvas I ironed fusible batting onto the wrong side of the outer shell fabric and bottom panels – it worked wonderfully.  If you decide to do this however, you will need to trim off the excess outer shell fabric that ends up being underneath the bottom panel…feel free to message me if you do this method and have any questions!  I’ve included a picture below.


I wanted the straps to be a bit longer so placed them 5″ from the bottom of the bag instead of in line with the bottom of the bag like the pattern suggests.

My proudest feature of the bag is how I added the “welt pocket” on the inner lining.  (See that little black pocket hole?  It fits an iPhone!)  I will be posting a tutorial on how to do that shortly – stay tuned!


My friend loved it – yay!

Happy Sewing,



Bag Making Classes – Utica, NY

Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve been taking some amazing classes at Tiger Lily Quilts in Utica, NY and have really enjoyed them!

My teacher, Marlous, owner and operator of not only is an amazing teacher but has designed these patterns herself!  You can find her patterns at the following links:

To find “The Little Messenger Bag” pattern (green and brown bag) click here.

To find the “Cabana Mesh Tote” pattern (black and watermelon print) click here.  It is a quick and easy bag to make.  I used 5″ half square triangles instead of charm squares (5″ squares) to create the zig zag look.  See my half square triangle (HST) tutorial here.

The “Diaper Bag” (also called the “Monster Tote”) is not listed yet, but you can view all of the Marlous Designs available bag/tote patterns here.

If you’re ever in Central NY, I hope you can check out some of her classes.  I am so happy I was able to take them before my husband and I head back to our home in Toronto, Canada.

Happy Sewing,