Project Design Team Wednesday~ Chevron Tote Bag Tutorial

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Quilted Chevron Tote Bag tutorial
Hi! I'm Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade and I am SO excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Design Team!! Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Quilted Chevron Tote bag using very simple instructions and Riley Blake's new Chevron fabric collection. This step by step tutorial is for making a casual and useful tote bag, however you can take this method of tote bag making and go crazy with your own ideas, just by adding a few steps. You can see a great example of that at the end of this post. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Now let's get started!!   What you'll need : :
  • 2 - pieces of chevron fabric measuring 16" x 18" for the outer bag sides
  • 2 - pieces of chevron fabric measuring 16" x 18" for the inner bag lining
  • 2 - pieces of solid fabric measuring 4" x 18" for the bottom of the outer bag sides
  • 2 - pieces of solid fabric measuring 4" x 18" for the bottom of the inner bag lining
  • 2 - pieces of solid fabric measuring 9" x 36" for the bag handles
  • 1 - piece of batting measuring at least 20" x 22"
  • coordinating thread
  • Sewing pins and basting pins
  • Sharp scissors and/or a rotary cutter/mat set  
Riley Blake Chevrons for my next Design Team Project!

Sewing and quilting the outer tote bag piece : : 1. With right sides facing, place the solid fabric on the chevron print 2. Pin in place 3. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew fabrics together 4. Press with iron so seams are facing down 5. Lay the pieced bag front on to the piece of batting 6. Get the basting pins ready

7. Pin together fabric and batting, carefully so the pins are in the colored chevron stripe, leaving room for quilting on the white 8. With a straight, even stitch, sew in the center of the white chevron stripe to create your quilting 9. Use a straight edge and rotary cutter to trim away excess batting
The first finished quilted chevron tote bag piece should look like this. Repeat the steps above to create the second side of the tote bag.
finished bag piece -- repeat

10. Place both pieces of the quilted chevron tote bag right sides together 11. Pin in place 12. Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew around the three outside edges of the tote bag pieces, leaving the top side open 13. Zig zag stitch again around the outside edges of those three sides

14. To form the tote bag sides and bottom, square off the corners of the pieced tote bag front. First, form a triangle at the corner edge 15. Mark a sewing line 3.5" from the corner point 16. Sew on that line, first with your straight stitch and then with a zig zag stitch 17. Trim away the corner just to the outer edge of that seam
corner steps
The finished outer quilted tote bag piece should look like this, after corners are squared off. Turn right side out.
finished bag front -- leave inside out

Sewing together the lining : : 18. Sew together the Chevron lining fabric and solid lining fabric pieces 19. Sew the sides and bottom of the lining fabric pieces together first using a straight seam and then a zig zag stitch, (just as we did for the outer tote bag pieces) 20. Repeat steps to square off corners, to create the lining sides and bottom
lining steps

21. Place the outer quilted tote bag piece inside of the lining piece 22. Match up the tote bag opening edges
Place bag front inside of the lining

Sewing the tote bag straps : : 23. Fold in one edge of the strap piece of fabric a 1/2", press with iron 24. Fold 1/2" again, press 25. Turn strap piece and fold in 2.5", press 26. Fold again matching up the edges, press well, and pin in place 27. Sew along both edges of the strap, removing pins as you go
strap steps
The finished tote bag straps should like these.
Finished Straps

Sewing in the straps and finishing : : 28. Mark for the straps, 3.5" in from each side 29. Place the straps in between the outer tote bag piece and the lining piece at each mark 30. Pin in place 31. Mark a line a few inches long for an opening to leave to turn out the bag 32. Sew around the edge, attaching the straps, leaving an opening for turning the tote bag out
sewing in straps, leave opening for turning steps

33. Turn out the tote bag 34. Turn in the edges of the opening and pin closed 35. Sew opening closed and continue around the entire outer edge of the tote bag
finished steps
Voila! Your Simple Quilted Chevron Tote Bag is finished!!

Quilted Chevron Tote Bags
You can see here that I used more of these great Riley Blake Chevron fabrics to create a quilt block for the front of a second Quilted Chevron Tote Bag. I like the soft and easy bag this created, perfect for shopping, the beach, and for washing after much use! You can get very creative using this method of tote bag making. You can swap out the batting for interfacing, to create a sturdier bag, add pockets, appliques, magnetic closures for a fancier version.
With Quilt Block
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my Design Team Project!!! I'll be back soon with a new one! Be sure to let me know if you give this one a go!!
Thanks so much Maureen!
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Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Absolutely DARLING {as usual}!
    by Simple Simon & Company
    April 25th, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
  2. Love it!!
    by Cindy
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
  3. Ahhhhhhdorable!
    by duff
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:40 a.m.
  4. As always, I love your tutorials, Maureen!
    by patricia
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.
  5. I love it too..
    by shirley
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
  6. Love the bag! It's so eye catching, perfect for hitting the beach in summer =D
    by Cheraldine
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
  7. Very lovely. Great bag to carry around this Summer.
    by Joyce Carter
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.
  8. The chevrons really give this bag pizzaz without a huge amount of stitching. Thanks for the tutorial Maureen!
    by MarciaW
    April 26th, 2012 at 9:54 a.m.
  9. Another beautiful project and tutorial by Maureen! You really do that chevron fabric justice!
    by Lizzie
    May 02nd, 2012 at 12:37 a.m.
  10. Wouldn't you need 2 pieces of batting? One for each exterior side of the bag? I am kind of confused by that. Thanks!
    by Kim Daniels
    May 22nd, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

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