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Quilt Me A Bag – Stand Up & Tote Notice

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Well hello! Welcome to another gorgeous post in the Quilt Me A Bag series! Today we look at an old favourite – the Stand Up & Tote Notice tote bag pattern!

If you’re new to the series – welcome! It’s great to have you join us! ? You can find the earlier posts in this series here –

The Stand Up & Tote Notice tote bag pattern has proven to be one of my most popular patterns (if not THE most popular now that I think about it). It comes in three sizes and is a relatively simple sew, making it perfect for novice bag makers and anyone looking for a quick sew.

The only hardware required is a magnetic snap so for those out there with a small aversion to zippers, turn locks and any of those other ‘tricky’ hardware items, fear not! You can still easily make a Stand Up tote! (By the way, zippers and turn locks etc. aren’t really THAT hard once you’ve used them a couple of times! 🙂 ).

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

As you know, the Quilt Me A Bag series is in partnership with the super talented Alison Glass as well as the quilter/bag-maker Crystal Harrison (the maker behind all these amazing bags). Please do pop over to their pages (links at the end) and give them some love as this series wouldn’t be happening without their fantastic support!

The sponsor for this post is the generous Janelle from Emmaline Bags, who has generously donated a $30 CAD gift certificate to one lucky winner! Thank you so much Janelle! You can find Janelle’s shop here – make sure you go and check out all her stunning hardware (and then some!)!

You will find all giveaway details including T&C’s at the end of this post, as well as information on how to enter.

Emmaline BagsStand Up & Tote Notice

To create this quilty Stand Up tote (small size), Crystal used prints from the ever-popular Sun Print 2015 collection.

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She used a combination of quilting techniques to create a truly unique quilted outer as follows –

  • Outer Panel – A – horizontal straight stitch quilting at 1″ apart.
  • Outer Panel – B – straight stitch quilting at 1″ apart on a 45 degree angle.
  • Outer Panel C – straight stitch quilting at 1″ apart on a 45 degree angle.
  • Outer Pockets – pieced 6″ plates together using a Dresden ruler and included narrow vertical patchwork inserts down each side.
  • Handles – created Dresden-pieced faux piping for handles.

To begin with, she cut multiple pieces out using her Dresden ruler and then pieced them together using a 1/4″ (0.6cm) seam allowance.

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Time for production line sewing!!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

From there, Crystal quilted parts of the Dresden panel onto her assembled foam/SF101 backing and then cut to size.

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Gorgeous!!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Next it was on to creating the narrow vertical patchwork strips to frame the Dresden panels.

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

So simple and yet SO effective!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

And voila! The outer pockets are assembled!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Crystal decided to keep the outer panels A, B and C simple so the outer pockets could really shine. For A she used horizontal straight stitch quilting at 1″ apart. For B and C she used straight stitch quilting at 1″ apart, on a 45 degree angle, for both pieces and I have to agree – sometimes less really is more.

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

So far so good!!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

To create the handles she first pieced a long Dresden strip together (sew pretty!! 🙂 ) which would become the ‘faux piping’. She then cut to size so she had two handles measuring 2 1/4″ x 20″ (5.7cm x 51cm) each. She also cut out two pieces of SF101 the same size as the trimmed Dresden strips.

She cut two pieces out of the grey ‘main’ fabric measuring 1 3/4″ x 20″ (4.5cm x 51cm) each. She also cut two pieces of foam out measuring 2 1/4″ x 19″ (5.7cm x 48cm) each.

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

To assemble, she stitched a strip of the main fabric to a Dresden strip (with foam behind), right sides together, using a 1/4″ (0.6cm) seam allowance.

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Stitching the seam down the second side can be a little tricky so Crystal’s tip is to “Pin-pin-pin!! You are pulling the fabric together and pinning because the seams do not match up. Pin a lot and go slow. It will be beautiful in the end.”

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To turn, Crystal used a safety pin however you can use whatever tool you have in your arsenal to get those babies through the right way. Give them a good press, ensuring the ‘side seams’ are even down each side to create that faux piping look, and top stitch to secure!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

And with all that quilty prep, it’s time to assemble the outer panels! Eek!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

And then, on to assembling the bag! Crystals tip is to “trim as much bulk out of the seams as possible. It gets pretty bulky at the sides/bottom where the front/back pockets meet”. Great tip!

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

Quilt Me A Bag - Stand Up & Tote Notice - Andrie Designs

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This approach to the Stand Up tote opens up such a wide plethora of possibilities that you really are only limited by your imagination!

Links

You can find the Stand Up & Tote Notice tote bag pattern here: https://www.andriedesigns.com/product/stand-up-and-tote-notice/

You can find Alison’s website here: https://alisonglass.com/

You can find Crystal’s Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/tayahdesigns/

You can find Emmaline Bags here: https://emmalinebags.com/

You can find the earlier posts in this series here –

Giveaway

As promised, Janelle from Emmaline Bags has generously donated a $30 CAD gift certificate to one lucky Andrie Designs customer!

Emmaline BagsTo enter, simply comment below and answer the following question –

If you were to make a quilted Stand Up tote, what technique/s would YOU use?

Good luck and we can’t wait to show you the cuteness coming to the series next week! Lisa x

T&C’s: Giveaway is open worldwide for 48 hours from time of post (Australian EST). Limit of one entry (comment) per person. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via the email address used to post the comment (NOTE – email addresses will NOT be published as your privacy is extremely important to us). The winner will also be mentioned in a comment on this post. If Andrie Designs is unable to establish contact with chosen winner after one (1) week, a new winner will be drawn. Andrie Designs decision is final.

66 thoughts on “Quilt Me A Bag – Stand Up & Tote Notice

  1. Jeanne Gold says:

    I think I’d rather make strips of fabric and cut them on an angle rather than cutting hexagons. Similar effect achieved.

  2. Bernadine says:

    Gorgeous. Thank you for the clear instructions :). I would love to get my hands on similarly beautiful fabric from Alison Glass. A tote is in the planning now in my minds eye!

  3. Beth K says:

    Since I don’t quilt, I would follow Crystal’s techniques used above for your Stand Up and
    Tote Notice bag. Fun series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Debbie says:

    I love the technique you used with the Dresden ruler! I would use batik material to make it pop! Beautiful purse/tote!

  5. Sheila Leach says:

    I’ve never quilted before so I’m not really sure but that Dresden strip is beautiful so I think I would like to try that technique.

  6. Jenny Brooks says:

    I have loved seeing the bags in the series, and this one is so great! I am anxious now to try some of the quilting on the bag, and piecing the panels, makes it look so pretty!! I would love to win anything from Emmaline!

    Jenny in Florida

  7. Kathy Buncombe says:

    I would do a design using needle turn appliqué accented with hand embroidery and with echo quilting. Probably flowers with a hummingbird. Who doesn’t live hummingbird’s?

  8. Sally Groff says:

    I think I would do some meander quilting for something different. I love how Crystal did hers! It’s beautiful!

  9. Irene Laird says:

    Beautiful tutorial. Well written and clear. I am new to bag making so my first bag I would follow the tutorial. Then I can see all kinds of possibilities with paper piecing and some great free motion work to accent.

  10. Lawanda Platero says:

    I just made my first 8 point start, lone star some may say. I would like to try doing that for the pockets and use a star stitch pattern to quilt the grey section. I love the handles!

  11. Anna H says:

    Love the techniques shown – especially like piping ? I would add an interior zippered pocket and an àpplique for some interest on the solid section. Maybe.

  12. Linda says:

    Hi this is a keeper! Love this tote! I’m thinking of making one very similar to the neat one shown! I’d do lots of machine top stitching too! Thanks for the instructions + giveaway too!

  13. Lynn Taylor says:

    I’ve used this “standup” foam in bags before and it’s brilliant.
    I don’t have a dresden plate ruler but it was be great to have one, such quick and accurate cutting, making piecing a breeze.
    I so look forward to making this bag for my grand daughter.

  14. Anne Boundy says:

    Oh this looks stunning! I have just fallen in love with saturated colours of Alison Glass! I would love to try some improv piecing for the pockets and close quilting all over.

  15. Lee Taylor says:

    I’ve been on quite the paper piecing kick lately so I just might make my pocket with an interesting design in that way. Glad I foun this series. Sew cool!!

  16. Tina says:

    Beautiful tote. I love the piecing on the handles and the way the sides were “framed”. I can’t think of changing anything, its perfect.

  17. Samina says:

    Hey everyone. Love the techniques used to make the bag/tote. Have never quilted before, so not sure what technique would look good. But this tote really is amazing and a new thing to try. So am sure to try that. Thanx.

  18. Neepa Suraj says:

    I’m new to quilting and am yet to try the quilt as you go method! I haven’t made this tote as well! Looks like a good idea to try both! I’d probably piece squares for the pockets.

  19. Lynne Baldwin says:

    Having almost completed my first quilting course (of square and rectangles) I would like to now try triangles. So on my next Stand Up tote I would use this technique to make a bright and colourful pocket. X

  20. Jo Davis says:

    I just got an embroidery machine, so after quilting the main panels, I would embroider a design for the pocket!

  21. Marion says:

    Another beautiful use of quilting on bags by Crystal. This is ingenious to use Dresden plate, so clever. Thanks also to Lisa for hosting and to Janelle for the draw prize.

  22. Dora Maria. Costa says:

    Don’t think I would use so many different fabrics but I might use colors of a heavy linen or twill. Maybe naturals and greys!

  23. Chantell says:

    So gorgeous love the bright pop of colours … Where can you purchase the acrylic templates used to cut the quilting pieces please

  24. Sherrylyn says:

    Well first of all, I’d follow the instructions to the “t” because I’ve been afraid to try anybag making but think I can accomplish this! I’d switch around and try little equilateral triangles although this one is perfect.

  25. Tracy Meier says:

    Absolutely gorgeous bag. Love the easy to follow instructions. And wow the quilting just makes the bag. Well done

  26. Rachel says:

    Great post. I think i would love to make a feature of the pocket buy piecing the printed selvages i save from quilters cotton.

  27. Susan Gilbert says:

    I love the way the handle was pieced on the inside with the solid band on the outside, it that makes sense, like a whimsical lining. I think the use of a linen look solid gives this bag a real sophisticated look. The straight lines of the quilting do not distract or take away from the design and complements the simple design of the bag as well. Thanks for the tutorial, looking forward to recreating the look and style particularly the pieced lining idea in my next project!

  28. Jennifer Carden says:

    I am not a quilter, but WOW – those straps are amazingly beautiful! I’d love to try those some day. Thanks, ladies, for sharing!

  29. Pamela Keegan says:

    I would do a feature panel of paper pieced hexies (because they are cool and that is probably to only amount of hand sewing I could commit to, haha!) and then do everything exactly as done in this tutorial – I love the diagonal quilting on the solid colour, and I absolutely love the effect on the handles.

  30. Angelina U. says:

    I really like the quilting on the solid and would probably try that. Also, I like the strips on the sides of the pockets and would try to incorporate more of that into the pocket. The straps are awesome, can’t say enough about it.

  31. Lisa Cox says:

    I would free motion quilt the panels on my longarm. Choosing the fabrics…. now that would take longer! Thanks for the chance.

  32. Judith Clauss says:

    Oh, wow! Love Crystal’s techniques. I would probably play with some strip piecing using random widths and then quilt diagonally onto the foam, SF 101 and backing. Or, I might add some embroidery or specialty stitches similar to accent all the piecing lines for my quilting. Or I might just use a quilt as you go technique. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for the ideas!!!

  33. Madge Mason says:

    I Love the Stand Up Notice Tote. I have been playing a small dresden plate in the center for a long long time. Crystal you are such an inspiration!! Thanks!!!

  34. Angie McGuire says:

    I love, love this, it uses my love of quilting and sewing handbags. I would follow Crystals quilting instructions as shown, but along the way I might tweek it a bit to suit my style.
    This is gorgeous!

  35. Joanne Roots-Rochon says:

    Love the look of this bag, thank you for sharing. I would use piecing techniques with some free motion quilting.

  36. Terrie Blackett says:

    I think I would follow along with this blog post as I love this look. I especially like the faux piping on the handles will definitely be using that idea in the future ?

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