La Conner Tote Bag Tutorial

Hello! I have been so excited to share this La Conner tote bag tutorial with you all! This bag is easier to make than it looks! If you’re like me, bag patterns can leave me feeling a bit overwhelmed. My goal for this video tutorial was to to show you that tote bags are actually quite simple and fun to make!

Heads up…the La Conner tote bag video tutorial can be found at the bottom of this post. I had the wonderful opportunity to film this tutorial, among a handful of other wonderful projects (including a quilt as-you-go tutorial!), at Fat Quarter Shop’s studio back in June.  I was super-duper nervous during the filming process. However, it was so worth it as filming this tutorial really makes this project crystal clear…something that a photo tutorial couldn’t quite capture without feeling overwhelming.

Per usual, I like to share a zillion pictures before I get to it. 🙂

The fabrics used are from my 2nd fabric collection called La Conner for Lecien Fabrics. You can find my fabric, lace and thread at Fat Quarter Shop, inlcuding a list of other shops HERE.

I’ve been using this tote bag all Summer long – it’s the perfect on-the-go tote. It has seriously become the black hole of kid snacks, sun block and a change of diapers and wipeys, all hidden and neatly toted around in this cute and dainty bag. ;-p

I did simple, straight-line quilting which always seems to be my go-to quilting style.

 

If you want to make a quicker version of this bag, just ditch the patchwork and use a full panel of fabric instead as shown below. Here I went out of my comfort zone and did some free-motion stippling. 🙂

In the video tutorial I also go over how to make sturdy, fabric-covered straps.

 

I truly hope you enjoy the tutorial and that you’re able to make a tote bag for yourself! 🙂 A big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for inviting me out to film some tutorials for them. My intentions for this blog have always been to inspire you to create beautiful things, and this beautifully put together video tutorial completely enables that!

Really quick – I got a good question from a comment below so I thought i’d clarify it here. The type of bag strapping I used in this tutorial (before I covered it with fabric), is polypro bag strapping which you can usually find per the yard at your crafts store. You can also find it here. You could probably also use the soft and stable batting for the straps as well, though I’ve never tried it. Easily customize the width of your strap, as explained in the tutorial. Thanks!

As always, thanks for popping by!

Jera

20 Responses to La Conner Tote Bag Tutorial

  1. Marilyn Podoll August 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    I have made many bags like this and I wish I would have had your tutorial when I first started. You explained everything perfectly and I like seeing what you are doing. Thanks. Love that fabric.

    • Quiltingintherain August 28, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

      Awe thank you so much for your kind comment! I was quite nervous during the filming process but am relieved to see that everything came through clearly 🙂

  2. Joan M August 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Your tote bags are so pretty and thank you for sharing your great tutorial.

    • Quiltingintherain August 28, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  3. Pattsyd August 28, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    Excellent tutorial. Very easy to follow. Thank you.

    • Quiltingintherain August 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

      Thank you so much! <3

  4. Pat August 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Finally I understand how to attach a lining. I can’t wait to make my own bag!

  5. Quiltingintherain August 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    That’s a relief to hear, considering I was a ball of nerves being in front of the camera ;-p Thank you!

  6. margiestitcher August 29, 2017 at 5:57 am #

    many thanks will be making one of these after watching your video

  7. Lynn Boelk August 30, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    I loved the derails in your video, now I feel confident to make my first tote bag. I love your La Conner fabric lone so pretty. I’m fairly new to quilting and your quilt as you go book was the first book I bought…I airways refer to the binding instruction whenever I bind a quilt. Thank you so much for sharing your quilting tips and knowledge.

    • Quiltingintherain September 3, 2017 at 4:09 am #

      Yay! I love hearing this. For me i’ve done my job then! 🙂

  8. mimi'sdarlins September 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    Pretty bag, it’s darling in your LaConner line! Nice job on the video too. I’ve made many kinds of bags and purses through the years, and this is very detailed for those who are new to this kind of project. Well done!

    • Quiltingintherain September 3, 2017 at 4:10 am #

      You are too kind – thank you!! 🙂

  9. Em September 3, 2017 at 2:35 am #

    Love your tutorial. Question: do you use the Soft and Stable for your straps or another product? You showed a wider strap in a package so I wondered what that was. Thanks.

    • Quiltingintherain September 3, 2017 at 4:07 am #

      Hi there! the type of strapping I used in polypro strapping which you can usually buy by the yard at your crafts store. You can find it here as well: https://www.fatquartershop.com/white-1-5-in-polypro-strapping-5-yd-pack
      I think the soft and stable batting could work as well!

    • Em September 3, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank you! I will check out the strap. I’ve made many quilts but am new to bags.

  10. Rosa Charlesworth September 3, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    I’ve made quite a lot of bags but am new to patchwork and you made it look so simple and effective. I’ll definitely be having a go at this one! Thank you.

  11. Deborah Stevens September 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Hello Jerra, thank you for making this tutorial so easy to follow. I appreciate the detailed instructions as I’m new at doing patchwork, so need all the help I can get !. Also, I found out that your fabric is available in the UK ….yay ! I can’t wait to have a go at making this bag.

  12. Jan Robinson September 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    Is there a pdf for this bag

  13. Barbara September 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    I enjoyed watching your tutorial on the patchwork bag . . . you demonstrate and explain instructions understandably well. Thank you!

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