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Tote That Mat

  • Briefly: Use block instructions included or your own to add pockets to this Quilter's tote. Also includes a bonus cushion/pillow pattern. Read more
  • Type: E-books
  • ISBN: 978-1-99-116654-8
  • Author: Ruth Blanchet
  • Finished size: Fits a 18" x 24" rotary cutting mat.
  • Skill Level: All Levels
  • Techniques: Patchwork
  • Tags: bag, Ebook, online workshop, patchwork, quilt block, Tote

  • Regular price $16.99 USD
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    • Description
    • Requirements

    Make this wonderful carry bag to take all your equipment, including cutter-boards and rulers, to your next class or guild day. This ebook includes the option of making two different blocks for each of the two large pockets, a beginner's block and an advanced block as well as instructions to fit your own blocks if desired. If you are enthusiastic, you can make all four blocks. There are bonus instructions on how to make any extra blocks into cushions or throw pillows.

    This ebook is also available as a pattern, however, the pattern only includes instructions for two blocks and no bonus instructions. Tote pattern.

    Originally presented as an online workshop, this class is now available as a printable ebook.


    Please note: Amounts are for full widths unless otherwise stated.  Directional fabrics can be hard to match in pieced blocks and would require extra yardage.

    Requirements for blocks are given separately and are additional to Tote requirements.  The colors given are for my blocks to give you an indication of where each fabric is required.

    I have given ample amounts in block requirements.  You may find you have extra fabric from the tote fabrics to use in place of these or if you are working from your stash,  slightly smaller amounts may be enough.

    Tote Requirements

    For successful piecing, 100% cotton for all fabric pieces is recommended

    • 27" x 36" (70cm x 92cm) rectangle for Tote outside
    • 27" x 36" (70cm x 92cm) rectangle for Tote inside (this may be the same as tote outside fabric)
    • 43" (1.10m) pocket linings
    • 27" (.7m) binding fabric (you may wish to purchase more of this for additional pockets)
    • 29" (.75m) pocket fabric
    • 20" (.5m) matching 1/2" ribbon for button tabs
    • 73" x 1 yard wide (2m x 90cm wide) compressed Dacron or fine needle-punch batting
    • 10" (25cm) soft 1/4" elastic (optional)

    Other Requirements

    • sewing machine and accessories
    • iron and pressing mat
    • suitable thread for piecing and constructing tote
    • thread for quilting
    • fabric pencil or pen for marking
    • pins/safety pins
    • scissors
    • masking tape
    • rotary cutter, mat, and rulers
    • FOUR 2" squares of scrap fabric for accuracy test
    • permanent fine tip marker
    • Velcro dots (optional)
    beginner's block for Tote This Mat workshop

    Beginner’s Block Lesson One

    • 6" (15 cm) Fabric A (orange)
    • 6" (15 cm) Fabric B for block background (black)
    • 4 1/2" square for center which can be a fabric motif (cat fabric)
    • 6" (15 cm) Fabric C block border fabric (not shown)



    advanced block for Tote That Mat workshop

    Advanced Block Lesson One

    • 4" (10cm) Fabric A (pale cream)
    • 6" (15cm) Fabric B (black)
    • 4" (10cm) Fabric C (dark orange)
    • 8" (20cm) Fabric E (gold & light orange - picture shows two fabrics here)
    • 6" (15cm) Fabric F (medium orange)


    beginners block for lesson two of Tote That Mat workshop

    Beginner’s Block Lesson Two

    • 4" (10cm) Fabric A (navy)
    • 4" (10cm) Fabric B (light blue - fabrics B & C can be the same)
    • 6" (15cm) Fabric C (light blue - corners of motif)
    • 9 1/2" square Fabric D for center diamond (You may wish to use a motif fabric for this)


    Advanced block for lesson two of Tote That Mat workshop

    Advanced Block Lesson Two

    • 6" (15cm) Fabric A (pale blue - corner squares and large outside triangles)
    • 6" (15cm) Fabric B (pale blue - fabrics A & B can be the same)
    • 8" (20cm) Fabric C (navy)
    • 6" (15cm) Fabric D (dolphin print)

      cushion made from beginner's block in Tote That Mat

      Cushion requirement (for one)

      • one pieced block
      • backing fabric for block – size of block plus 2"
      • batting – size of block plus 2"
      • cushion backing fabric – 
        • TWO 22 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles (16" block)
        • TWO 20 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangles (13 1/2" block)
      • cushion border – 8" (20cm) full width of fabric
      • fastenings for cushion closure
      • cushion inner (pillow form in size to match block being used)

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