charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

Here’s a free tutorial for a simple tote bag that uses charm squares!  No problem if you don’t have any charms.  You can easily cut your own.

*This project uses 1/4″ seam allowances through out.

Fabric Requirements

(A) – 12 charm squares or 12 – 5″ x 5″ fabric squares
(B) – 14″ x 8″ fabric piece (middle)
(C) – 26″ x 14″ fabric piece (lining)
(D) – 20″ x 4″ (straps)
Batting – 27″ x 15″ piece

Instructions

1.  Sew together two sets of 6 charm squares.  Sew middle piece (B) in the middle.  Set atop batting piece.
charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

2.  Quilt as desired, then trim excess batting pieces.  This is your outer shell.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

3.  Fold outer shell (wrong sides together) in half and sew the sides together.  Then box both lower corners 1-1/2″ in.  Trim corners.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

4.  For your liner (fabric piece C), it is almost the same as the outer shell except that you need to mark a 6″ line on one side and DO NOT sew on the line (yet).charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

5.  Box the corners and trim.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

6.  Straps:  Press the fabric (D) in half then open back up.  Fold the outer edges to meet the halfway mark, then press again.  Topstitch both sides.  Make 2 straps.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial

7.  Place the [right-side-out] lining inside the [wrong-side-out] shell and clip together at the outer seams.  Then place the straps in between the shell and lining.  Place the straps at 2″ from the outer seams and allow 1/2″ of the strap to show.  Pin to place.  Repeat on the other side with the other strap.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

8.  Sew together around the entire top of of the bag, removing pins and clips as you go.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

9.  Flip the entire bag inside out through the opening left in the liner piece.  Then sew this opening shut and push the liner back into place.charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

10.  The final step!  Topstitch at the top of the bag to help the liner stay in place.  charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

Ta-dah!  All done!
charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bagcharm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bagcharm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

A peek inside to see the liner fabric.

charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

My favorite patch from the tote bag is this little green square with the little red flowers.  So feminine and cute!

charm square patchwork sewing tutorial, free sewing pattern hand bag

Have you tried this pattern?  Let me know what you think!

  • Timi - This bag is beautiful!
    Thank you for the great tuto!!!July 11, 2017 – 4:54 amReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Donnelly - This bag looks like fun to make- must give it a go.May 29, 2017 – 4:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Patricia Conner - PRETTY!May 29, 2017 – 2:42 pmReplyCancel