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Basic and Beautiful Tote (a companion to the Not Your Basic Blue Bag)

Basic and Beautiful Tote

Join Kelly for a day of sewing and crafting your very own basic and beautiful tote.

We’ll make a tote that’s perfectly sized to carry your daily necessities or tote the special things you need to have with you. Based on the popular Not Your Basic Blue Bag pattern, this tote will come together quickly and easily and give you the satisfaction of leaving class with a FINISHED project. You can choose to use a beautiful single print on the exterior or learn a fun Quilt as You Go technique with special scraps of fabric that you bring to class. Either way, your 12” x 12” x 4” deep bag will be one that you’ll carry often and get the pleasure of telling people “I made it!”


  • Not Your Basic Blue Bag Pattern (instructor will provide measurements for the tote style we will be sewing and we will use the instructions of the NYBBB pattern)
  • Just a tad beyond 1/2 yard of Soft and Stable (19” by WOM)
  • Scraps for Exterior or just a tad beyond 1/2 yard of fabric (19” x WOF)
  • Just a tad beyond 1/2 yard of lining fabric (19” x WOF). This should be a busy or textured print if you’ll be working on the quilt as of go technique so that your quilting stitches have a little camouflage on the inside of your bag.
  • 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for binding the seams and top of your bag
  • Coordinating and neutral thread
  • NEW heavier duty needle (a jeans needle will work great!)
  • Sewing Machine that you are familiar with that is in good working order (don't forget the power cord and pedal)
  • Leather handle kit from The Fabric Chic or an additional 1/2 yard of fabric to make your own handles
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Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Kelly Lautenbach
Price is for the class only.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.