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    Lightbulb Tote bag patterns or ideas wanted

    Participating in an auction each year at the end of the year is a great way to use all your patterns that you've been wanting to try but never did. However, I have run out of ideas after doing this for 10 years now. I need some suggestions or pictures of new or unusual tote bag designs. The size doesn't matter. Can you help me? Thanks!

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    Do you have a list or pictures of what you've already done?
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    I have been strip piecing these QAYG. Very quick to make.
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    Just saw a tutorial for the Origami tote bag recently. Looked very interesting...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vskbDx1K0hA

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    I’m taking a class later this month to make a reverse applique tote using denim.

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    It depends on how much work you want to put into it. I made a Professional Tote this year. It's a great bag but not a quick and easy one. There's a lot of zipper pockets and detail work which is what makes it a great bag. Lazy Girl designs has several cute totes. Again, not fast and easy but really nice.
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    I've seen bags made in the shape of chickens on sites like Pinterest. I made a cow tote bag as my first sewing project as an adult (it was a printed fabric you cut out and sewed, but I've got a copy of the pattern I'd be happy to email if anyone wants, just PM me).

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    There are totes made from the top portion of jeans, with colorful "belts" made with bandanas or other fabric. I've seen one someone made to look like the head of a highland cow (might have seen it on Facebook, but it was really cute!).

    You could also make one with a two colored leather (I have one I really like that is black on the outside, red on the inside).
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    I like lazy girl designs one yard, one hour tote -freebie

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    These aren't really tote bags, but they are so much fun to make and turn out darling. The pattern comes in three sizes. There are free patterns/tutorials online that do not use the curtain grommet if you Google "Japanese knot bag". https://www.connectingthreads.com/pa...n__D56093.html
    They would make cute lunch bags or knitting bags. I made some small ones for my DGDs. They are reversible, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ View Post
    These aren't really tote bags, but they are so much fun to make and turn out darling. The pattern comes in three sizes. There are free patterns/tutorials online that do not use the curtain grommet if you Google "Japanese knot bag". https://www.connectingthreads.com/pa...n__D56093.html
    They would make cute lunch bags or knitting bags. I made some small ones for my DGDs. They are reversible, too.

    I just picked up this pattern. I can't wait to make this.
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    Sara Lawson with Sewsweetness has this pattern:https://sewsweetness.com/2018/02/vid...craft-bag.html Her instructions are really well done and many of her patterns include video tutorials as well, including this one. I believe it is free for signing up for her newsletter.
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    Debbie Shore has some lovely bag tutorials on you tube !

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    Paper princess has listed the sites I use. But once you have the basic shapes you want, you can make 100's of different ones with simple changes. One of my favorite is to make a band at the top slightly more narrow and pleat the bottom into it. This give it a bit a fullness at the bottom and a less boxy look. But, patchwork, pockets, appliques, full straps, messenger bag flaps, these all make unique bags from one pattern.

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    Faintly Artistic, Is there a pattern for the Strip QAYG tote bags?

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    This is the pattern I used to make two bags for a friend and I to take to a quilt show. They were nice and roomy for “potential purchases“ and for the straps I made sure we could carry the bags over our shoulders for two hands free fabric petting. Lol.

    Quick easy and pretty tote bag.
    http://www.popularpatchwork.com/news...-sixteen/5448/
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    I posted this site some time ago. I bet you will find a great free pattern here. I printed out a small book from it! LOL!

    http://liveartgalleryfabrics.com/free-sewing-patterns/
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    And if that isn't what you are looking for how about this site? Really cute stuff here. Just scroll down the list to bags.

    https://sew4home.com/project-index
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    I didn't follow a pattern, just inspired by this video by Tia Curtis:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLsEXvjXlNA

    She used home dec weight fabric, of course I had to quilt mine

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    There was a really cute bag posted on this board a few weeks ago. It was denim and ragged. Unfortunately I didn't keep record of it but looked to be quick and easy--but really cute, too! Wish I had the reference for it.

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    Here's a link I got this morning to fourteen free bag patterns .....

    https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/tote-...g_3F1527981287
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    Here is a free tutorial for a denim circle rag bag I made. I ordered the denim circles from etsy - they were already snipped with the Accuquilt die.

    http://www.junetailor.com/Assets/PDF...structions.pdf
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    You inspired me this weekend ( anything to do other than cleaning the upstairs after putting in 50 hours at work lol) so I checked the you tube link for the Origami tote and made this with leftover jelly roll strips. I tested it out by shopping and it holds quite a bit for the large size. Thank- you for sharing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Faintly Artistic View Post
    I have been strip piecing these QAYG. Very quick to make.
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    Just saw a tutorial for the Origami tote bag recently. Looked very interesting...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vskbDx1K0hA
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    Thank you for posting all those pictures. I love them all.
    I've been collecting tote and bag/basket patterns for a while now. I think I'm obsessed. And now, you all have given me a few more.
    Some of my links...have fun:

    This site has lots of ideas and a handbag of the month contest: https://www.studiokatdesigns.com/freestuff/eye-candy

    And here are a few more freebies:

    https://cholyknight.com/2015/04/17/q...go-train-case/
    http://www.seamsandscissors.com/sewi...sewing20160528
    http://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/hom...-bag-tutorial/
    https://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk...king-projects/
    http://bryanhousequilts.com/2013/04/...n-circles.html
    https://crazylittleprojects.com/messenger-bag-tutorial/
    https://grannymaudsgirl.wordpress.co...gs-everywhere/
    https://www.incolororder.com/2011/10...-tutorial.html
    https://studioloblog.wordpress.com/2...quilters-tote/
    http://sewmesomethinggood.blogspot.c...oin-purse.html
    http://ricochetandaway.blogspot.com/...-tutorial.html
    http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2...-tutorial.html
    http://www.tildasworld.com/summer-bag/
    http://www.handmadiya.com/2015/11/fa...-hobo-diy.html
    http://blog.zazzle.com/2015/06/05/gu...rses-tutorial/
    http://www.quiltsofafeather.com/2014...-tutorial.html *it's a shark!
    https://sewsweetness.com/2012/05/tut...ppy-bag-2.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN5AwCQEiTg *miniature...VERY small!
    http://www.sewmamasew.com/2016/05/sp...orial-pattern/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUh2YakLwaU
    http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/p/bag-it.html *lots of links to tutorials here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwcgtsJswgo
    https://www.polkadotchair.com/waxed-...ewing-pattern/
    http://orangebettie.com/2017/03/23/p...ewing-pattern/
    https://destashification.com/2011/08...-bag-tutorial/
    https://destashification.com/2011/08...-bag-part-two/
    https://www.patchworkposse.com/50-fa...ins-tutorials/
    https://sewing4free.com/koda-cross-b...ae4c-117977029

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    I posted a tutorial for this simple bag, made with 2.5" scrap squares. It's here:
    https://www.quiltingboard.com/tutori...l-t285108.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziSew View Post
    Do you have a list or pictures of what you've already done?
    I have a few pictures. I'll get organized and post them soon.

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