Spring Sewing ~ Quilted Garden Tote

on April 22 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 207 Comments

Happy Earth Day!

Alissa from Handmade by Alissa (and our board) designed this Quilted Garden Tote for us. Download the PDF Quilted Garden Tote Tutorial and you can carry tools, harvest goods and just generally enjoy the outdoors in style… Today!

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207 Responses to Spring Sewing ~ Quilted Garden Tote

  1. Lindsay says:

    Very cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made one this week for my daughter’s day care teacher and I’m so excited to give it to her! Thanks again!
    (here’s a link to my blog post)

  2. koen says:

    This is such a cute garden tote. It is so practical for those who love to work out doors and yet provides a fabulous opportunity to personalize a gift. it is also a great way to express how much you care about someone by taking the time to make it for them. thank you so much for posting it and the pattern.

  3. Kathleen says:

    WOW! I just started to sew but I’m pretty ambitious. I learn by doing. This looks great! Can anyone tell me what type of foot they use to do the quilting part?

  4. Jill says:

    I am very new to the blog scene and have just found this blog and this wonderful garden tote I am going to try to sew for my mother. The picture where she is doing the loopy quilt design, I was wondering if it was done with a special sewing machine. I just have a inexpensive Brother that I got from Walmart about 4 years ago and I can do a zigzag but not a loop design. Does it have something to do with the presser foot in the picture being a circle? If someone could help me I would greatly appreciate it!

    Self-teaching sewer in need!

  5. Ellen says:

    I love having this site to look at all the projects everyone does and to get ideas for my own. I also love looking at the colors everyone puts together.

  6. Sue says:

    I really like the garden tote and would like to make it for my gardening friend but I don’t seem to be able to download the PDF. Can anyone help?

  7. leigh ann says:

    i just finished making this tote and it was such a great pattern. i love the magic at the end. although, it’s way too cute to use in the garden.

  8. Page says:

    Alyssa, that is really great. Thanks! I have been enjoying your blog!

  9. HI,

    Just wanted to say how much I love this tutorial! I’ve featured it on my blog, The Handmade Experiment in a post all about great gardening gear tutorials and hand made buys. Thanks and keep the great tutorials coming!!


    Check it out at http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/must-have-monday-garden-gearus/

  10. Ruth says:

    I love this tote – it’s a different shape from what you usually see and the exterior pockets are a big plus.

  11. shannon says:

    This is so cute, i’d love to try this out.

  12. Christi Scheffel says:

    Absolutely adorable! What mom wouldn’t like this as a special treat.

  13. Steph says:

    How did I miss this? It’s perfect! I can see so many uses for it!

  14. Redmagda says:

    Thank you so much for this – I made one for my mother on Saturday and I’m SO thrilled with it! It’s the first time i feel I’ve got my fabrice choices spot on! Will take some pictures for the photo pool! i have to say that the tutorial is so clear and simple to follow that it gave me the comfidence that I needed to get a great result! Brilliant! thank you!!

  15. Marilyn Stevens says:

    Wonderful tote for much more than gardening. I’ve been looking for a nice sized diaper bag to make for charity, and this one will work just great done in some cute baby fabrics. Thanks to all who worked on this tote and the tutorial for it.

  16. Cheryl says:

    My friend has a number of flower gardens and her Birthday is in coming up in May. I just found an Apron to make for her gardening and now I can make her a bag too. She will absolutely love it. They just did a huge remodel and she now has a big atrium too so I’m sure she’ll put it them both to good use. Pretty and practical…..thank you so much!!

  17. Kris says:

    This is great. I am planning on doing a garden this year and I don’t have anything to put stuff in so this would be perfect.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Ooh…this would be great for my mother-in-law!

  19. Lindsey says:

    oh my goodness, this would be a perfect gift for my friend who loves gardening!

  20. Susan Mautte says:

    What a great tote, this would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for moms who garden or shop. Thanks so much!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I really like this idea. I think my mom would like it for Mother’s Day, too! Thanks so much.

  22. Rara says:

    nice bag…i’ll try it..thanks

  23. Knittindiva says:

    What a cute little bag! I just bought some pretty pink fat quarters today that would be nice in this bag. I’m thinking……knitting bag!

  24. Rebecca says:

    ooops !! I meant I will make it a diaper BAG for my 4th grandchild.
    Thanks again

  25. Rebecca says:

    This is a great tutorial, I will make one for sure as a diaper for my 4th granchild soon to be born. This will make a great gift. Thanks for entering me for your giveaway. I love your blog.

  26. adi says:

    i’m sooooooooooooo love it!

  27. Aimee says:

    That is a great idea! And you made the construction easy – wonderful job!

  28. Christine Bolin says:

    Great tutorial. I’m going to try making one.

  29. Grace says:

    What a great project for a beginning quilter. The tutorial part makes it less intimidating. I especially like the handles on the tote, they look good and would be strong! I might put a coat of Mod Podge on the bottom to keep it clean and waterproof. Thanks!

  30. craftytammie says:

    What a great bag! Thanks!

  31. Tina Mackey says:

    My mom would love that! Wouldn’t it make a great Mother’s day gift?

  32. Suzanne says:

    I love this!

  33. Elizabeth says:

    I had an aha! moment when I saw this. My mom and I keep talking about only exchanging homemade or consumable gifts next year for Christmas, and I’ve been wondering what to make her. I think she would love this!

  34. Tami says:

    How awesome is that? It looks like some of the bags I’ve made, but I love the pretty pockets on the outside! I’m going to give yours a try! Thanks for the tutorial!

  35. Rinda says:

    Beautiful bag! This “garden” tote would be a joy to take shopping, to the beach, anywhere! I plan to make one as soon as I finish the project I am working on. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I really enjoy your blog.

  36. Liz says:

    Super cute bag! Happy Earth Day!!

  37. glenna says:

    That is SO cute! I put in a garden this year, and although I could use something like that, I’m afraid it would just stay dirty.

  38. Julia says:

    Very cute! Thanks for the pattern.

  39. knitteresq says:

    Cute tote! I don’t garden, but it could totally double as a diaper bag, don’t you think?

  40. Ginger says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I always have problems getting my lining and shell to match up. For some reason I am always too short on the lining and my shell ends up having to be bunched up. I thought I would hold off on seaming it and just attach it first, but yours are exactly the same size. I’m going to try this…

  41. Kirsten says:

    Love the tote!

  42. Sherri says:

    This goes on my To Do List. Thanks!

  43. Sarah D says:

    Cute! Just what I need for the summer!

  44. Laura F says:

    This so cute…I love it!!!

  45. Veronica says:

    Cool tote! I love the fabrics.

  46. JOFRID S. SÆVERÅS says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovly tutorial. Love Jofrid Norway

  47. Diane says:

    Got my fabric – now i just need to get to it! Beautiful! Thank you.

  48. lesley says:

    would make a great mother’s day gift!

  49. Sher says:

    Just wonderful!

  50. Susie Hoffman says:

    Seems like everywhere I look there is another tote pattern, but this one really cought my eye. I can’t wait to get one made. Thanks!

  51. Beatrix says:

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I will definetly put this project on my to-do-list.

  52. alison says:

    Love this tote! Thanks for the tutorial! Putting it on my long to-do list now.

  53. Debra says:

    Great looking tote! I have a garden minded friend that would be perfect for!

  54. Kami Mandell says:

    Great tote, I can’t wait to make one.

  55. Emily says:

    Great tote! I’d love to make one for mother’s day!

  56. Sheila says:

    What a great tutorial!

  57. Pam says:

    I love to make tote bags. This one is real nice! Thanks for sharing. Happy Spring!

  58. KZ says:

    Really cute… Hope to find some time to make one!

  59. Shelly says:

    Gorgeous! Thank you!

  60. Joy says:

    I like it!

  61. Kirsten says:

    My gardening stuff is everywhere! This is perfect to contain it all together.

  62. Mary says:

    Great looking tote!

  63. Becca B says:

    Wonderful! I now have idea for a Mother’s Day gift!

  64. Cheryl says:

    What a beautiful tote! Thank you!

  65. Jean Tanner says:

    Thank you for the great tote bag.

  66. Kerneknop says:

    My mum definitely deserves a bag like this when she goes out into the garden… And I should have one too, to bring everything I need when I sit and knit/crochet/read and sip tea in the garden house…

  67. jas zhuo aka xiao chou says:

    Wow! This tote bag tutorial is totally Prefect for Earth Day! I can use this funky tote bag for my groceries instate of the regular plastic bag! Let’s go GREEN!

  68. Nova says:

    Thanks for sharing. It’s such a cute tote, I love it! xxx

  69. Karin says:

    Oh I love this tote – how great it is. I´m sure I will make me one too. Thanks so much!

  70. BlessedCP says:

    I love this tote pattern and it looks so easy, but pretty. Thank you for sharing with us. I have some lovely pink fabric with bright daisies on it that would be perfect for this.

  71. Ananda says:

    Too Cute!

  72. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    So cute – almost makes me want to garden! ha ha

  73. Amy Grant says:

    what a beautiful bag! I love it 🙂 I may have to attempt this one!!

  74. Alana says:

    it’s so cute, I could make it “Spring Picnic Tote” 🙂

  75. Karin says:

    great bag! thanks for sharing the pattern 🙂

  76. Liz says:

    i so need a garden tote, now that i am gardening. 🙂 isn’t it great how projects beget sewing? 🙂

  77. Wendy says:

    I want to make one of these and fill it with red ripe tomatoes!

  78. Krista says:

    I love it that every time I check up on your blog there is a free pattern for yet another fun and useful project. Thanks for sharing!

  79. Mel says:

    Thank-you!! Perfect bag for so many things and just the right start for me! I have no touble with 2 dimensional quilts etc, but have been wary of the leap to 3 dimensions, and you’ve given me the perfect project to leap!!

  80. ruth says:

    I never thought of using a tote in the garden. I love the style on it too. I’ll be making one for my mother-in-law this spring.

  81. Joy says:

    I like that the bag is quilted; it looks very sturdy. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  82. Kristin says:

    Love IT! Now I know what to make my sister for her birthday.

  83. Lisa says:

    Great tote. It’s on my list of things to make soon.

  84. Marissa says:

    great tote, its very cute.

  85. Sylvie says:

    Beautiful bag, would make anyone want to start gardening right away. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  86. Brooke says:

    what a super cute bag! Always looking for a reason to make yet another bag!

  87. Lynne in NC says:

    What a great bag and an easy to follow tutorial. Thanks!

  88. Libby says:

    Very nice tote. Now I just need a garden.

  89. Stacy says:

    That is a really neat tote. Thanks for the tutorial!

  90. MaryAnn says:

    Happy Earth Day. What a great tote bag. Thanks for sharing.

  91. Emily S says:

    Love the tote – if only i had a garden!

  92. LisaC says:

    *sigh* I love making bags! This looks like a good one for practicing quilting skills.

  93. Vicki Terpstra says:

    Wow. Excellent tutorial and awesome tote. Thank you so much. This is probably one of the most useful totes I’ve seen.

  94. Andi says:

    I definitely need this tote for my garden once things start growing. I am always trying to carry armloads of produce into the house – this would be soooo much better!

  95. MegVS says:

    This looks great!

  96. Gretel E says:

    Looks like a great little bag – a fantastic Mothers Day gift if I could be quick!

  97. Katie says:

    I love that tote. It looks so handy dandy! It would be great for toting my laptop, journal, etc around the apartment. Would also make a great diaper caddy.

  98. Barbara says:

    This is such a wonderful tote ! Thank you !

  99. Great tote! It looks very sturdy for gardening and it’s so pretty. Thank you Alissa and Sew, Mama, Sew!

  100. Tara says:

    my sewing machine and needles would never decide to sew through that much fabric! so moody!

  101. Jane says:

    Great tote and a great tutorial, many thanks

  102. Michelle says:

    I love all the pockets on this tote! And I need some new scissors!

  103. Ramona says:

    What a great tote bag. I think I found my mother’s day gift. Thanks again.

  104. Pam says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

  105. Sarah says:

    What a beautiful tote! I love the design.

  106. Mrs. JP says:

    This is so great. I need to get started on my new garden tote. Thanks for the pattern.

  107. Great gift for my sister – I help her garden every spring

  108. Ariel says:

    cute AND functional…always a super combination!

  109. Pat says:

    HAPPY EARTH DAY TO EVERYONE. Thank you so much for the garden quilted tote. I love to garden and I love to sew. I bought a greenhouse this spring and I am enjoying it very much as my little seeds start to sprout. They are a renewed promise of warmer weather and renewed beauty to the earth.

  110. Megan says:

    Cute tote!

  111. Daniela C Beier says:

    great tote! Spring is here! Thanks for the tutorial!

  112. Oooh! This looks like a great bag! I’m downloading the pattern now. Thanks so much!

  113. Bethany says:

    I love the tote! And the tutorial is great! Very clear and easy to understand. Thanks!

  114. Julia in MI says:

    This is a beautiful tote. Looks sturdy too. thanks for the idea.

  115. Shannon says:

    What a great bag!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  116. Sarah M says:

    This is perfect! I’ve been watching for a Mother’s Day idea and this is fantastic. A quilted garden tote filled with fun garden goodies will be a great gift for my mom. Thanks!

  117. Aimee says:

    That tote looks great! Thanks so much Alissa!

  118. Keri says:

    So pretty!

  119. Anya T. says:

    Looks great!

  120. Mrs. Pear says:

    This is gorgeous! And I think I have the perfect fabric for it….

  121. Ticia says:

    I like that tote. It looks nice and sturdy.

  122. Gail says:

    This would be perfect to take to the grocery store. Thanks for sharing.

  123. Michelle says:

    Great project. Adding it to my list of things to do… it might inch its way to the top soon, though. I can think of about a million things to use this for. Thanks!

  124. helena says:

    Nice project. Thanks for the inspiration. 😉

  125. Tabitha says:

    What a cute project. I really like the fabrics used in the example.

  126. tjesa says:

    Love the tote… would be a perfect present for my BF and fellow gardener. Thanks!

  127. Kaye Prince says:

    This is great, I absolutely love it! I think this would even make a great market bag 😀

  128. Jodie says:

    Happy Earth day! What a fabulous tote.

  129. sandyandcosmo says:

    This makes me want to run out and start gardening! Unfortunately it’s still snowing and sleeting here, maybe by the time I finish the tote…

  130. Leigh says:

    That’s beautiful!!!

  131. diana says:

    Great Idea!!!! I will have to make one for my Mom!! She is a super gardener!!!!

  132. Shawna says:

    What a wonderful gardening bag!

  133. Sariah P says:

    Ooooh, I love bags. They’re so addictive to make and to own. Thanks for posting the directions! I enjoy gardening but I’d be afraid to use a cute fabric bag out in the dirt so I could use it for carrying library books or baby stuff….

  134. Sara Hemmeke says:

    Just the thing I needed to give to my gardening cello instructor. Thanks so much for all your hard work in your shop & blog!

  135. katie says:

    Very cute, and washable too!

  136. Rebecca says:

    what a great gift idea for my Mother!

  137. Melinda says:

    What a beautiful tote! It’s so….spring-y 🙂

  138. michele m says:

    i am sooo making one of these. just bookmarked the page. probably not for a garden tote though–way tooooo pretty

  139. Kelli says:

    too cute–you could put a ton of stuff in that tote! It’s on my to-do list, right behind the ruffle skirt from last week!

  140. Carrie P. says:

    Very nice. I don’t know if I would use it in the garden. It is so pretty.

  141. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful gardening tote!

  142. donette says:

    Love it! Makes me think of spring!

  143. Lydia says:

    Great tutorial! Super cute bag!

  144. Julie says:

    Great tutorial..thank you!

  145. Christen says:

    What a pretty garden tote! I only wish I enjoyed gardening more! I’ll have to think of who I know who might enjoy it.

  146. sonya says:

    so so cute~
    can’t wait to make one!

  147. Stephanie says:

    Exactly what I need to start my garden! Thanks for all the great tutorials.

  148. Vanessa B says:

    Adorable Bag…Thank You for sharing it!!!

  149. indywriter says:

    Lovely pattern and great tute! I wouldn’t want to get it dirty with my garden stuff, but I think it would be a great basis for a grocery bag. I think I might applique the patchwork strip (rather than sew it into the side)… Now I’m mentally sorting through my stash for adequate fabric!

  150. Maggie says:

    This looks like the perfect gardening bag! Something I’ve been needing :0) Going shopping for supplies today! Thanks!

  151. Laura says:

    That’s a really cute bag!

  152. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Great tutorial and a cute garden tote when your done. I have some decorator canvas that will be perfect for this.

  153. jen says:

    That tote looks awesome!

  154. Rachel says:

    That tote looks great, and like it would be good for lots of things, not just gardening.

  155. Samantha says:

    I love this tote! And I love the simple quilting idea. The process of quilting the fabric can be intimidating, but this I can handle. Thanks for the tutorial!

  156. sewinggirljen says:

    This is fantastic! Not just a garden tote – this is going to the farmer’s market with me!

  157. elizabeth says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! It’s such a cute bag!! Makes me want to get out in the yard get our garden started!

  158. damocamelia says:

    Oh waow again… It’s a great project.
    Thank you SMS and thank you Alissa!

  159. Angel says:


  160. Stacey C. says:

    This tote is so cute! We just planted our very first garden, and I’m so excited! This tote would be a great carry-all for my tools!

  161. Lorene says:

    Beautiful! I think I need to make one for my mom for Mother’s Day!

  162. Milica says:

    I am so going to tackle my quilting phobia by making this for my mom for mother’s day! It’s adorable!

  163. What a great idea! I would feel so bad just getting a cute tote like this dirty! Im just learning to sew & Iv’e got a fever for it. I’m trying to sew up every tutorial I come across! Man, this is addictive! Thanks!

  164. Amy says:

    What a sweet bag! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! Love all the step-by-step photos; very helpful!!!

  165. Jennifer says:

    How cute! I want to make this for my grandma! She loves to garden and she would love this!

  166. Raeann says:

    How have I missed your site all this time? Who wouldn’t want to enter the giveaway!? Please enter me and thanks for all the great ideas. I am off to download that great garden tote!

  167. Suzanne says:

    What a lovely tote! Thank you so much for the FREE pattern! Spring generosity is a beautiful thing.

  168. Julie says:

    What a fantastic idea and gorgeous bag!!! I’m definately going to be using this pattern to make a bag for my mother in law!!! Thanks for sharing!

  169. Cheryl says:

    What a wonderful tutorial Alissa put together. Beautiful step-by-step pictures and clear typed instructions. This will have to go on my to do list of spring/summer projects.

  170. Kate M. says:

    This is beautiful! I think I know what I’m making my mom for mother’s day now. Thanks for sharing, Alyssa.

  171. Jodieth says:

    I’m so sorry I meant Sew Mama Sew!!!

  172. Jodieth says:

    This would make a great Mothers Day gift. Thank you Alissa and the Longthread.

  173. Leigh says:

    This is so cute! I’m going to make one as a Scrapbooking tote for my mom for Mother’s Day!

  174. sarah says:

    Oh, I love this!

  175. becky says:

    I think I have just found the gift for my husband’s assistant this Christmas. She is a gardner and a farmer’s market shopping, just like me. She always gets handmade from me at Christmas and I think she’ll love this. Thank you. The plus is … if i make it now I don’t have to think about it in the middle of December 🙂

  176. Lorrie says:

    This is a wonderful and practical idea! Thanks, Alissa.


  177. Barb says:

    Lovely…although my garden stuff gets so dirty I don’t think I would dare to bring such a beautiful bag outside!

  178. Emily says:

    I love all of your free tutorials on your site! Also, your fabric selection is great! Thanks for keeping the creativity flowing!

  179. Shannon says:

    Happy Earth Day!! Thank you very much for the PDF! I can’t wait to make one!

  180. I love this site! Just saw advertised the 12-1 sewing tool, so sign me up for your drawing.
    Carol in E TN

  181. Alice S says:

    What a lovely tote! I’m bookmarking this as it would make a great Mothers Day gift.

  182. Karen says:

    Love this tote bag!! I really love how handmade “tote bags” are back “IN-STYLE!!”

  183. Natalija says:

    That’s very lovely. I think I’d like to make that. Thanks for the tutorial.

  184. Jenna says:

    This is SO cute! My boyfriend’s mom would love this, she loves to work out in the garden, and i know she just bought a bunch of new seeds to plant! The directions look very simple, THANK YOU for the tutorial!!!!!

  185. qsogirl says:

    I love this! I will try it as soon as I can… I’ve been wanting a small project to learn machine quilting.

  186. Kara says:

    What a fun tote! I love her fabric selections -it looks so springy!

  187. Deb V says:

    What a great idea. The tote is very cute and useful.

  188. Debra says:

    This is too beautiful to use as a garden tote. I love to garden and after picking out all those beautiful fabrics *sigh* I would hate to put my dirty garden gloves into it. It would be great for so many other uses though.

  189. Annette W says:

    This looks really nice! I am a beginning gardener…and usually have a handful of things to take to the garden, including a baby monitor. What a nice gardening bag!

  190. Monica Gee says:

    What a fun summery tote!

  191. April says:

    That is a beautiful bag! It looks to be a nice size for a shopping bag as well for those that don’t garden. 😉

  192. Carla says:

    Great looking bag! The pattern looks very well explained although I think I will add pockets to the inside too.

  193. Jennifer says:

    Nice bag!

  194. thea says:

    Thank you for this pattern! I can’t wait to try it!

  195. Debbie KL says:

    Very nice! I may need to make one of those.

  196. Bev says:

    Love this tutorial! Thanks for adding it!

  197. Heather T says:

    First? Cute tote! You could use it for a lot more than gardening.

  198. Marilyn says:

    Oh this is lovely! How appropriate for Earth Day!!!

  199. Ashley says:

    Very cute! I don’t really garden, but I think I may need to make one anyway!

  200. meri says:

    What a beautiful tote!!! Perfect!

  201. Sunny says:

    love it! Mother’s Day presents!

  202. Linda says:

    Happy earth day to you too. Love this tote.

  203. Jessica T says:

    Great project! It’s still too soon to plant much here (too much danger of frost still) so it would be nice to have something garden related to do other than talking to my seedlings.

  204. Adria says:


  205. SPUNKGRL says:

    Wow, this is a great tote!! I am making one for my mom, mother-in-law, and grandma for mothers day!! And when I am done with that I am making myself one! I also Love the Fabric choice in the tutorial. Gets me ready for all my spring sewing!! Love the posts for April so far, please keep it up for all of us!

  206. Angela says:

    Great looking tote! Can’t wait to make my own!

  207. Anna McD says:

    I”m going to get started on this tote. Thanks for sharing the pattern

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