Easy Quilted Tote Bag Pattern Tutorial

Romela Occaso
by Romela Occaso
11 Materials
3 Hours

This quilted tote bag pattern is super easy and perfect for anyone who wants a stylish accessory.

If this is your first quilted project, you'll be amazed at how straightforward it is. Use a fabric that goes with your summer clothes and make something unique and special in just a few hours.

Tools and materials:

  • Main fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Cotton batting
  • Interfacing
  • Snap-on fastener
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Quilting foot (optional)

1. Quilting

Cut two rectangles 17.5 inches by 19 inches from the main fabric.

Draw a line with a fabric marker across the center diagonal on the right side.


Continue drawing diagonal lines 1 inch apart in both directions until you have a grid of squares covering the fabric.

Draw a line parallel to each edge and a half inch away from it as a seam allowance.

Cut two pieces of cotton batting the same size as the fabric or slightly larger.

Place the batting behind the bag fabric, with the right side of the fabric facing you.


Sew through the fabric and batting, following the quilting and edge lines.


Trim the batting from the seam allowance around the edges.

Quilt the second piece in the same way.

Creating bag handles

2. Bag handles

Cut two pieces of fabric and two pieces of interfacing, each 4 inches by 24 inches. Attach the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

Press the long edges towards the center on the wrong side. Fold each handle in half lengthways and press. Sew along both long edges.

Creating bag handles

Pin the ends of one handle 4 inches either side of the center of the longer side of the bag. Extend the short ends 1 inch above the top edge.

Sew the handle in place along the seam allowance.

Attach the second handle to the other quilted piece.

Assembling the bag

3. Assemble the bag

Cut a 3 inch square from the bottom two corners of each piece.

Place the two pieces together with the right sides facing.

Assembling the bag

Join the bottom and side seams, excluding the cut-outs.

Sew the edges of each cut-out, matching the side and bottom seams.

Turn the bag right side out.

Pockets and lining

4. Pockets and lining

Cut two pieces each 8 inches by 16 inches from the lining fabric for the pockets.

Fold them in half widthways with the right sides together and sew the open edges, leaving a gap in the edge opposite the fold.

Snip the corners, turn the pocket right side out through the gap, and press. Top stitch the folded edge.

Pockets and lining

Cut two pieces of lining fabric, each 17.5 inches by 19 inches.

Pin one pocket centrally to each piece, 4.5 inches from the top edge. Sew in place around the three sides.

Pockets and lining

Make the cut-outs and assemble the lining in the same way as the main bag, leaving a 7 inch opening in the bottom seam.

Join the edges of the cut-outs as before.

Attaching the lining

5. Attach the lining

Insert the bag inside the lining with the right sides together and sew around the top edge.

Attaching the lining

Pull the bag through the opening in the lining and sew the opening closed.

Attaching the lining

Tuck the lining inside the bag and topstitch two rows around the top edge.


6. Finishing

Attach a snap-on fastener about 1 inch below the top edge.



Quilted tote bag pattern

Make this DIY tote bag in several colors to match all your summer clothes.

It's lightweight and the handles are the perfect length to carry over your shoulder. Adjust the size of the inner pockets to fit your phone and you have the perfect summer accessory.

I'd love to see your results. Drop me a comment below and let me know how you get on.

Check out my post on How to DIY a Tote Bag From a Shirt.

Suggested materials:
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  • Lining fabric
  • Cotton batting
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