Aldi fat quarters

A fat quarter patchwork tote bag

I love the idea of being able to sew, but it’s one of those crafts that really frustrates me. However hard I try to cut material perfectly to a pattern, or match up seams, the finished article always ends up a bit skew-whiff.

Having said that, I still have quite a large fabric stash, because “it might come in handy one day and I might get better at sewing”. I am drawn to the packs of fat quarters that you can buy, and I was delighted to receive a set on my birthday. What was even better was that a pattern was included to make a patchwork tote bag. I thought this was a great idea. All too often I buy fabric without a particular project in mind and then lack inspiration about what to make with it.

Fat quarters with pattern

Using the pattern, I cut out 40 squares, strips for the handles and lining for the bag. I tried really, really hard to cut the squares to the right size but some still came out a bit bigger than others. I think I just about got away with it when they were sewn together.

Patchwork strips

Four squares were joined to make a strip, then five of these strips were sewn together to form one side of the bag. This was repeated for the other side, and then the two pieces were stitched together round the base and sides. The lining was sewn together and inserted in the bag. Finally, the handles were added along with some topstitching and voila!

Fat quarter patchwork tote bag

Not too bad as long as you don’t look too closely!







4 thoughts on “A fat quarter patchwork tote bag

  1. Mike

    I am 76 years old and I am just about to start this project (my first piece of real sewing). It took a while to work out why cut only 10 pieces. So I cut 40 pieces in one go as the above sewer. I used a piece of cardboard cut to the size as it was easier to mark around with tailors chalk. So today I will start sewing them together. My mum was a seamstress, it is amazing how watching her when I was a kid comes back to me as I am learning. My wife can’t wait to have a go, I bought a Singer 4423 for her and I sort of wanted to try it out. After learning about the bobbins and the threading I made a few hankies from old sheets we had. I gets hold of you doesn’t it.

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    1. White Hill Crafts Post author

      Good luck Mike, I would love to see it when it’s finished. I too come from a mother and grandmother who both sewed and knitted. I have my grandmother’s old hand-operated Singer sewing machine, which I still use from time to time.



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