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!


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My mom made this! Also, THANK YOU <3

I’m the first and only quilter in my family, so whenever my mom sews I get pretty excited! Had to share this hexagon pouf that she made using fabrics from my La Conner collection. =) Isn’t it great?!

This hexagon pouf pattern is by Angel Lea Designs and can be found HERE. My mom doesn’t sew very frequently, so if she can do it then you can to!

As a side note, my La Conner fabrics are FINALLY starting to show up in shops now, so be sure to check your local quilt shop or your favorite online shop for my latest collection.

My boys have gotten so much use out of this pouf. We had to keep stuffing it with more fluff because they use it so much.

I was being sneaky and captured these photos of Ethan on the pouf while watching Ninjago. Must be a pretty hilarious show! 😉

It means so much to me having my mom sew with my fabrics. <3 I remember going to JoAnn fabrics with her when I was little so we could pick out fabrics for new pajamas or holiday-themed  table cloths. I use to love playing with her sewing notions and going through all the stuff in her sewing bag.

Lots of quilts in our living room! The two pictured here are from my upcoming book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage which comes out this October. You can pre-order it HERE. Both quilts were made using the QAYG technique. The one that my son is snuggled up in was assembled and quilted by my talented instagram friend, Faith Essenburg of Sarana Ave blog.

The quilt hanging on the wall was made using true vintage quilt blocks. I found these 1930’s quilt blocks on eBay and very carefully assembled them using QAYG, which helped to stabilize them. I will tell you how to do this in my 2nd book.  I’ll post more about this quilt on a separate blog post. 🙂

Lastly, I wanted to end this post with a big, warm THANK YOU to all that played a part in my leukemia quilt auction for Ellia post. This quilt was sent to Mary for her generous contribution. Words really can’t describe my gratitude and the amount of love I felt from all of you in that post. Thanks for sharing, commenting, bidding, reading. $550 was raised to go towards Ellia’s leukemia expenses.  A big thank you on behalf of Ellia’s family as well.

I threw in a few extra goodies for Mary. I hope she loves everything!

Thanks for stopping by and reading me. 🙂 Enjoy the Summer! It’s supposed to get up to 95 today….i think i’m gonna melt.




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Woven Jelly Roll Rug Tutorial

I was cleaning out my sewing room and came across this awesome woven jelly roll rug that I made 6 years ago as a tutorial for Moda Bakeshop. When I went to look up the tutorial on my blog, I realized that it was missing from my tutorial section as it never made it over when I switched from blogspot to WordPress. Anyway, I am fixing that issue right now with this post! =)

And if you’re wondering why it’s a “woven” quilt…well, see for yourself!

Being that I made this tutorial 6 years ago, I never took proper photos of this quilt/rug…Quig? 😉 So here is the quig in all it’s glory!

You can find my Woven Jelly Roll Rug tutorial right HERE.

This was Paige-approved 6 years ago, and still is today! ;-p

I have to admit that finding this rug was inspiring. It reminded of a time when I was newer to quilting and wasn’t afraid to take risks when it came to being creative. If you’ve ever looked through any of my old moda bakeshop posts (that’s where I got started with quilting!), I have some pretty wacky/creative tutorials!

I guess you have to take risks when being creative, else you’re not really doing anything new.

If you can’t bear the thought of stepping on this quilt, this pattern would make for a lovely pillow sham as well. You could also go bigger and make a quilt or heavy blanket out of it.

The beautiful fabric used here is Wild Rose by Blackbird Designs. If this collection ever went back into print, I would gobble it up.

This project is an oldie, but a goodie at that! I could only hope that if you haven’t seen it yet, perhaps it will help spark some creativity for you.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Summer! I’ll be hogging the wading pool with my kids tomorrow….it’s supposed to get up to 90 this week which is sweltering hot for this Seattle-girl. 😉


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Sew Sampler Box & Summer Shenanigans

The other day I came home to find the cutest, aqua-colored box waiting for me on my doorstep. My very first Sew Sampler box  had arrived! I gotta say…it’s so much fun receiving these boxes! It feels like Christmas at your doorstep. Nowadays there’s a handful of monthly quilt subscription box options, so I thought i’d share some of my favorite items that were inside the Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop. 🙂

First of all, note the red and blue color theme. I was all heart-eyes for that, especially since red is my fave color. I collect embroidery scissors so I got pretty excited about these polka dot scissors and protective floral case.

Included was this yummy jelly roll in a classic and timeless blue and white color scheme, with a jelly roll friendly pattern to go with it.

Have you ever tried using these clover precision clips with the pointy end? They make wonderful alternatives to pinning, and I use them a lot when I quilt-as-you-go. In fact I recommend these clips in my upcoming book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage and explain how I use them in the “supplies” chapter.

This seam ripper means business!  It’s basically a blade on the end of a cute, purple stick. I’ve never tried it, but when that time comes (which seems too often these days), you better watch out!

That was just a few of my favorite items from my very first Sew Sampler Box – I’m already SO excited to receive my next box this August! I can tell that Fat Quarter Shop put a lot of love and thought into curating a cute, fun and useful box that can appeal to a lot of people. As mentioned, there’s a lot of fun quilty subscription boxes so it’s nice to get a sneak peek of what’s inside 🙂 You can read about my Quilty Box experience (a different subscription box) at this post.

On a different note, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Summer! I haven’t been doing much sewing, as I’ve been enjoying these fleeting Summer days with these two peanuts. The one on the right starts kindergarten in ONE MONTH. eeeep. <3

Here’s a sneak peak tutorial I have coming your way. It’s a tote bag, and it’s EASY to make! I used to go cross-eyed looking at bag patterns and generally stayed away from them. In this tutorial I will show you a basic tote bag tutorial. My goal was to show how simple they are to make in my upcoming (video!) tutorial. This tote uses fabric from my upcoming La Conner collection for Lecien Fabrics.

That being said, I am signing off with a corgi-on-a-quilt 🙂 A vintage quilt at that.  What better way to end a blog post?

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Leukemia Quilt Auction for Ellia

I just can’t seem to sleep tonight…it’s 2 AM and I find myself writing this. I’m thinking about my friend Jenna (we used to work together) and Nathan’s 3-year old daughter, named Ellia.   She was recently diagnosed with B-all, a form of leukemia. My heart drops at the thought of this happening to anyone let alone a child. Seeing photos of Ellia on facebook sitting through her treatments is so humbling…I can’t help think what a strong girl Jenna and Nathan have, and how so very proud her parents must be.

This quote makes me think of Ellia…

That being said, I wanted to use this forum to host a quilt auction to help fund Ellia’s treatment. Here’s how it works…

Quilt Auction (ends this Friday!): This quilt auction ended on  7/28/17 – thank you!

This week I am auctioning off the quilt pictured in this post, where 100% of proceeds will go towards Ellia’s fundraiser, found here. This auction will end this Friday, July 28th at 8:00 PM. This auction is open to the world! Shipping is on me 🙂

How this Auction Works:

  1. To enter the auction, please leave a comment to this blog post with your bid amount.
  2. On Friday I will check for the highest bidder and contact them for their address. I will ship the highest bidder the quilt. In return, I ask them to donate their bid directly to Ellia’s fundraiser at this link:

Thank you so much!

Please feel free to share this link with anyone you think may be interested. You of course are welcome to donate to the link above if you’re feeling the love, but please no obligations or pressure. <3  Thank you to all that participate! Below are some photos of the quilt.

This is a lovely, fresh-out-of-the-dryer and super cuddly, quilt made with love by me.  It measures 55.5″ x 66.5″.






This auction starts today (7/24/2017) and ends this Friday, the 28th at 8:00 PM. Once again, thank you to all that participate or share this. Thinking good thoughts for Ellia and all the children that go through this – she may be small but she’s big & ferocious at heart and will win this battle! Much love <3

Update: Please note that this quilt auction has ended. A heartfelt thank you to all that participated towards such an important cause. <3 

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