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Quicky Vacation Tote: A New Pattern

August 9th 2016

Introducing the Quicky Vacation Tote bag! I’ve turned my “go-to” scrappy project into a pattern for you to enjoy.

Quicky Vacation Tote 3

It’s the perfect project for those left over squares and strips, easy to make, adapt or re-size and always looks so pretty! This one below was made for a trip a couple of years ago, you may remember the post here.

quicky vacation tote

Quicky Vacation Tote

If you’ve never made a quilted tote, this would be a great starter pattern for you; plus, the Quicky Vacation Tote pattern has some great features that are really easier than one might think.

Quicky vacation tote inside

For starters, it has French seams, and a magnetic snap, and a boxed bottom (not shown) and you can even add a label if you want.

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Jane’s tote highlights the Daysail line on the outside and Vintage Picnic on the inside (both lines by Bonnie and Camille). I love that she tried so many techniques that were new to her, she did a great job. She opted not to box the bottom and that’s okay!! There is plenty of wiggle room in this pattern.

quicky vacation tote Jane

Marisa’s bag sports the fabric Boathouse by Sweetwater for MODA.

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I love those stripes don’t you?

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Kristen’s bag is Sodalicious  by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller . How fun are those bottle caps and text print? She used Soft and Stable by Annie’s  as the stabilizer to make her bag sturdy.

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And last, but not least, is this scrappy tote with a mix of lines that go perfectly together.

quicky vacation tote Denny

This one screams summer! For stabilizer Denny used headliner, a special material used for car interiors. Super sturdy stuff available at Joann’s.

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I am so excited to be able to share these finished Quicky Vacation Totes with you. These ladies did an awesome job testing out this pattern for me (Thank you!) and had fun doing it!

quicky vacation tote denny3

 The pattern is available here and it’s on sale (PDF version) for only $5.00 through the end of August. I hope you have been inspired to make your own to celebrate these last days of Summer!

Something for me!

July 2nd 2014

I never really plan on making bags except for that one time I made these

apple totes

Or maybe this one for my daughter (which she doesn’t put to much use!)

kitty tote with dolls

What usually happens is I start putting much loved scraps together, in one way or another and before you know it, a bag is born.


Okay so these were scrappily planned too.

treasure box

But this one is a totally spontaneous one! I just can’t stop looking at it. I made it to take on my vacation.


My methods are really easy, I mean I make them the same every time it’s just the size or fabric that changes.  One of my favorite and super NEAT-O features is the french seam. I first read about it in this magazine (in the instructions for that bag there) and have been doing them that way ever since. They are really super easy and the finish is very professional!

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Written instructions can be found here or you can watch the process on you tube. It is not a tutorial for a quilted bag however, the method is the same.  The measurements I used were sewing initial 1/4 inch seam on the right sides of fabric and trimming to 1/8 inch. Then I turned the bag inside out and sewed another 1/4 inch seam and it works like a charm! See mine?


I am just going to bombard you now with bag photos, you’ve been warned!


The shells gives you some perspective.


I used scraps from Bonnie and Camille fabric lines: Vintage Modern, Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious.  It’s no secret that their fabric takes up a great deal of my fabric shelving (Heart) and I just love being able to make more pretty stuff from scraps and leftovers!


Magnetic snaps? Grab ’em while they’re on sale, who cares what color they are!


It’s the perfect size for carrying books, drawing pads or embroidery.


The perfect vacation tote!

(I think I’ll make some extra ones, you never know when you have to give a gift of some kind or some other unexpected excuse to just “give.”