June Tailor Quilt as you go Tote PatternWith the June Tailor Quilt-as-you-Go Patterns, you can create quick quilted projects with instructions as easy as sewing-by-number. Each pack comes with printed batting to guide you as you go.

The Shopper Totes Quilt-as-you-Go patterns come with two options of batting.

The Utility Shopper Totes batting option is a lighter weight, but stronger batting that works great in this high capacity shopping bag. This pattern comes with three styles of bags.

The Insulated Shopper Tote has an insulated batting making it ideal for transporting cold foods.

Katrina, our quilting design team member made up each of these tote patterns and has this information to pass on:

Utility Shopper Totes Pattern

• For the Utility Shopper Totes, each package contains enough to make 3 bags, in 3 different tote variations.  Pattern recommendations are ¼ yard of 6-8 fabrics or 15-18 jelly roll strips are needed for each bag; (I found the higher number made it easier to choose fabrics) plus ½ yard for straps and 1 yard for lining and binding.  Included for each bag is an interior plastic bottom for stability.  One of the pattersn, The Angles Pattern Shopper Tote bag, also requires an additional fat quarter.

• The patterns are printed on batting.  June Tailor refers to it as “Utility Fabric”.

• I recommend using Odif 505 Spray Adhesive and Mary Ellen’s Best Press spray starch with these projects. Both are very helpful in creating these bags.

Designer Tips:

• In the preparation stage of making the bags, you use spray adhesive on the back of the utility fabric to hold the lining in place and then stitch around a marked edge of the utility fabric.  I used a contrasting thread in the bobbin for this step. It makes it easier to see where to trim later in the bag construction.

• A walking foot makes bag construction sooo much easier.

Insulated Shopper Tote Pattern

• There is only one bag pattern on the insulated fabric in this package.  It includes a cotton webbing to use inside the handles of the bag, 3 elastics to use as closures, and a plastic piece for the interior bag bottom.

• This pattern uses does not use fat quarters unless you don’t mind piecing long strips in your project.Correction to Step 14 June Tailor Sew as you Go Tote

• This pattern says that you can use a fat quarter, and of course, you can, but you will be cutting it in half and stitching together. If you just use a piece of fabric 9″ x WOF you will not have to stitch it together.

• Odif 505 Spray Adhesive and Mary Ellen’s Best Press spray starch are very helpful in creating these bags.

• Please note: This bag pattern has a correction not listed on their web site. The error is at the Optional Closures section, Figure 14. The image here shows the correct directions.

Designer Tips:

• In the preparation stage of making the bags, you use spray adhesive on the back of the utility fabric to hold the lining in place and then stitch around a marked edge of the utility fabric.  I used a contrasting thread in the bobbin for this step. It makes it easier to see where to trim later in the bag construction.

• A walking foot makes bag construction sooo much easier.