Hushabye Tote Bag and Coin Quilt

1 Hushabye Jelly Roll
Yardage for Lining
Yardage for Front and Back Panel of Tote.
Fusible Fleece
Medium to Heavyweight Interfacing

I used the left over Jelly Roll strips from the Tote Bag to make a Coin Quilt based on Amandajean's Stacked Coins Quilt tutorial. Instead of cutting charm squares in half, I cut the Jelly Roll strips at 5". You can find her tutorial HERE.


Tote Bag Front & Back:
from Fabric - Cut 2 @ 14" x 15 1/2"
from Fusible Fleece - Cut 2 @ 14" x 15 1/2"
Tote Bag Lining:
from Fabric - Cut 2 @ 14" x 15 1/2"
from Interfacing - Cut 2 14" x 15 1/2"
Front Pocket:
from Jelly Roll Strips - Cut 16 @ 10" (for outside pocket)
from Fabric - Cut 2 @ 9 1/2" x 15 1/2" (pocket lining)
from Fusible Fleece - Cut 2 9 1/2" x 15 1/2"
Choose 2 strips (I like using the same color)
from Fusible Fleece - Cut 1 @ 2 1/2" x 44"

Iron 14" x 15.5" Fusible Fleece to wrong side of front and back pieces.

To make Outside Pockets;
Sew 8 - 10" Jelly Roll Strips together twice (for back and front pockets).

Iron 9" x 15 1/2" Fusible Fleece to wrong side of Pocket pieces.

Quilt as desired.
Now lay the trim piece right sides together at top of pocket,
then lay the pocket lining piece on top of trim, pin well.

Sewing pocket lining, trim and pocket front.

(I used muslin for my pocket lining and a Brown Jelly Roll
strip ironed in half and ironed in half again for the trim.

Fold lining piece up as shown in next photo and press.

Then fold lining piece to the back and press again.
The seam is bulky, so you may need to use some pins and perhaps
top stitch, so lining doesn't show.
Lay pocket pieces right side up, on top of Front and Back Panels.
The Pocket pieces might be a little larger
than the Front and Back Panels, Center the pocket piece
and then trim to fit.
Sew a couple seams from top to bottom of pocket,
to make outside pockets.

A close up view of the outside pocket.
I created 3 pockets on each side of the Tote Bag,
by sewing 2 seams on each side.

Sew 2 strips together.
Press each raw edges into the centerIron 2 1/2" x 44" long fusible fleece to center of handle.
See photo.

Fold raw edges towards middle again,
Fold in half, pressing and pinning as you go.

I like to stitch 3 times down the handle for looks and strength.
Cut handle in half. Now you have 2 handles.

Place Handles aprox 3" in from each side of the bag front and bag back.
Sew a scant 1/4" to hold handles in place.
Create your own pockets for inside of Tote Bag.
I used scraps of Jelly Roll Strips, sewn together
to form a pocket. Sew pocket to lining.
Place bottom of pocket 5" up from bottom of lining.

Here is the small Cell Phone pocket I made.
And a larger pocket for keys and misc.
Sew front and back panels right sides together leaving the top open.
Cut a 3" square template.
Lay it on the bottom corners of the bag.
Front and Back.
Trace with a pen or pencil.

Box the corners and sew along the line.
Cut the excess fabric about 1/4" to 1/2" from seam line. Sew lining right sides together, leaving a good amount of space
on the bottom, open for turning.

Do the same for the lining.
Turn the lining right side out.

Place the lining in the Tote Bag, matching side seams.
Pin around the entire top.
Stitch the top of the Tote Bag all the way around.

Put your hand through the lining opening and turn the bag
right side out. Press the top edge. Top stitch.

You're all done!
This is a great size for a purse. Not too wide and a little deeper than most.
Or it would make a great Diaper Bag too.
If you want to create a solid bottom for your bag.
You'll need a firm piece of cardboard covered in
fabric to put in the bottom.
The cardboard should measure approx. 5 1/2" x 9"

What a great gift this would make for a new mom! A cute tote bag she can either use for herself or as a diaper bag, with a matching quilt. Finished size of Tote Bag is approx. 10.5" tall x 5.5" deep x 14" wideFinished Size of Quilt is approx. 41" x 50"
{for quilt instructions, see Amandajean's MBS Tutorial, HERE}


amylouwho said...

JODI - you are killing me with this! I just ordered some hushabye yesterday1

Martina said...

This is so great. I love this bag and the colours. Thanks for the tuto. I love it!

Kelly O. said...

This is PERFECT!! and a quilt to boot! Not a scrap unused :)

Peanut Blossom said...

I love the suggestion to get 2 things out of one jelly roll. I'm always at a loss of what to do with the leftovers. So cute!

Kim said...

Jodi- this would make such a perfect baby gift for a loved one!! Very nice and the fabric works so well with your design! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial with us. And I LOVE your new website. WOW!!!

Vickie E said...

Very awesome bag! and love the coin quilt too...I saw your new site and I can't wait til it's done.

Trisha said...

Very cute! Nice job, Jodi!

Tula P said...

That is so cute!

V and Co. said...

hey's just little ol me over here BOWING DOWN TO THE MASTER! holy crap woman! i MEAN HOLY CRAP I LOVE THAT BAG.
no i mean it.
give it to me.

PunkiePie said...

Beautiful for both pieces. I love that tote. Putting it on my future to do list. For sure.

Heather said...

This is great!!!

Potpourri said...

It is lovely so gentle looking and practical as well. Thanks for the tute.

Valerie said...

Per chance, is a step missing? The instructions say to "Pin and sew a piece of trim to the top right side of Pocket Lining" --- which is followed up by two pictures, one showing the trim + lining before sewing and the next, the trim and lining already attached to the pocket front. I assume the trim and lining are layered on top of the pocket, but is this done before or after attaching the trim?

amandajean said...

that is so cute!

greetingarts said...

Jodi, your work is just so amazing.

Melissa said...

Love it!!!
I'm always in love with a good bag!

madrekarin said...

Oh, perfect! I've been asked to make a diaper bag for a gift and to be able to include a sweet bonus babay quilt would be the icing on the cake!
This is adorable.

amylouwho said...

you just made my life som much easier with that 3" square thing! I'm going to use it on my bags now!!!

What Comes Next? said...

Beautiful! Love the hushabye, and your tuturial. Off to add another item to my to do list!

Sinta Renee said...

This will be a great diaper bag and blanket for a new mom gift. I might have to transform it into a "purse" for me also! Great tutorial Jodi

jaybird said...

you can't send the bag to V.. cause you need to send it to me!! super cute!

John said...

beautiful bag!!

charlie said...

The Baby will have to find it's own bag, cause this one is for me. You hit it out of the park it, it, it! Thanks for the great tutorial.
P.S. The Baby can have the blanket

April Z said...

That bag is amazingly beautiful! I love everything about it. I'm a novice sewer, but I think I may try to make one. Thanks for the great instructions.

Mel said...

I love this. A quilt with a matching bag! What a great way to "wrap" a quilt for gift giving. I'm currently working on AmandaJean's stacked coin quilt myself.

MJ said...

This bag is beautiful! LOVE the colors! I especially love the yardage you used for the that a Moda fabric, too??? Beautiful work!

Marianne said...

Love that Hushabye fabric!

mlkeegan said...

I just finished my own "Hushabye Tote Bag & Coin Quilt" in pink, gray and white. I did have to find my own set of fabrics but it is just beautiful. Thanks for providing such great directions for such a lovely project! It's my first bag and definitely won't be my last. So much fun in the making and giving.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Great tutorial...thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

I just noticed that you omitted the teal fabric pieces. Though I like some of the other quilts here at MBS that used the teal pieces, I think I like the green/pink/brown look even better. I assume you still had enough of the jelly roll pieces to make the bag and quilt without the teal fabrics?

Viola said...

What a great bag! In the moment I saw it last week I knew that this is the perfect one for the fabrics I bought a couple of months ago to do a big bag to put all my stuff in! I just finished it an hour ago :-) You can see the result and a more detailed description of the bag at burdastyle:
@Jodi: Hope it is ok for you that I added a link to your tutorial at burdastyle - of course I gonna remove it, if you like to! Thank you for the great idea!

Connie said...

What a great tote and quilt, thanks for sharing!!

Katie Cohagen said...

I had a question about the steps as well. For the part where you are quilting the outer pockets, is it just the jelly roll strips and fusible fleece or is there a back? It looks like on your next step you are creating a back with the muslin? I tried following along but this step has thrown me for a loop. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

QuiltingCyclist said...

You do use a piece of muslin on the back. Not just fusible fleece. I remember having trouble getting this step clear. Cut a piece of whatever for your trim at the top of the pockets, then cut a piece of muslin or other fabric of your choice to line the pocket. Pin the trim and the muslin to the top of the quilted pocket piece. The trim will be sandwiched between the right sides of the quilted outside pocket and the lining fabric. Sew all three together. When you flip the lining over, the trim will be creating a new "top edge" for the pocket. Iron the lining down leaving the trim up. And actually you sort of iron the quilted part down. It is very confusing.

QuiltingCyclist said...

Katie, forgot to say this. When you stack the quilted pocket piece, the trim and the lining fabric together, the finished edge of the trim should have the finished edge facing down towards the bottom of the quilted piece. This leaves the raw edge of the trim on the inside of the quilted pocket/lining pocket sandwich. Hope this makes sense.

Katie Cohagen said...

Thank you both for the help! I am going to give it another go tonight and see if I can make it through!

orchidmommy said...

I've sewn the jelly roll strips together for the pocket… and the size of my pocket piece is now 10 x 16 1/2.

The fabric piece for the tote is 14 x 15 1/5, so my pocket is actually an inch wider.

Do I need to trim my pocket to the size of the fleece (9 x 15 1/2)?

Sharon H said...

i wish they'd go back and fix the trim step that is missing and needs to be added.

come on Moda....keep this site relevant!