How to Sew an Autumn Flannel Tote Bag

Hello‌ ‌fellow‌ ‌makers,‌ 
It’s‌ ‌officially‌ ‌the‌ ‌fall‌ ‌season‌ ‌which‌ ‌means‌ ‌the‌ ‌colors‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌leaves‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌trees‌ ‌start‌ ‌to‌ ‌change,‌ pumpkin‌ ‌spiced‌ ‌lattes‌ ‌are‌ ‌out,‌ ‌and‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌those‌ ‌sewing‌ ‌machines‌ ‌running‌ ‌with‌ ‌cozy‌ ‌autumn‌ ‌projects!‌ ‌With‌ ‌the‌ ‌new‌ ‌substrate‌ ‌release‌ ‌of‌ ‌Art‌ ‌Gallery‌ ‌Fabrics‌ ‌Flannel,‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌so‌ ‌giddy‌ ‌to‌ ‌sew‌ ‌something‌ ‌unique‌ ‌with‌ ‌these‌ ‌fabrics.‌ 
If‌ ‌you‌ ‌haven’t‌ ‌felt‌ ‌AGF‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌before,‌ ‌trust‌ ‌me‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌say‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌because‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌‌100%‌ ‌cotton‌ and‌ ‌DOUBLE‌ ‌BRUSHED,‌ ‌meaning‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌super‌ ‌soft‌ ‌on‌ ‌both‌ ‌sides‌ ‌and‌ ‌ideal‌ ‌for‌ ‌cool‌ ‌and‌ ‌transitioning‌ ‌months.‌ ‌After‌ ‌playing‌ ‌with‌ ‌these‌ ‌fabrics‌ ‌and‌ ‌noticing‌ ‌how‌ ‌easy‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌them,‌ ‌I‌ ‌couldn’t‌ ‌wait‌ ‌to‌ ‌start‌ ‌creating‌ ‌projects‌ ‌with‌ ‌them.‌  
Of‌ ‌course,‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌to‌ ‌show‌ ‌my‌ ‌love‌ ‌to‌ ‌patchwork‌ ‌so‌ ‌I‌ ‌created‌ ‌this‌ ‌patchy‌ ‌tote‌ ‌bag‌ ‌‌using‌‌ AGF‌ Flannels‌‌ ‌and‌ ‌mixing‌ ‌it‌ ‌up‌ ‌with‌ ‌our‌‌ ‌AGF‌ ‌Linen‌.‌


Follow‌ ‌along‌ ‌with‌ ‌me‌ ‌on‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌this‌ ‌fun‌ and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌project!‌

Fabric Requirements to Sew the Autumn Flannel Tote Bag

  • Fabric A  F-56302-1         1/2yd
  • Fabric B  FS-203              1/8yd
  • Fabric C  FS-200              1/4yd
  • Fabric D  FS-202              1/8yd
  • Fabric E  DEN-L-4000   3/4yd
  • Fabric F  FS-201               1/8yd

Additional Materials to Sew the Autumn Flannel Tote Bag

Cutting Instructions:

  • One (1) 8 1/2’’ x 7 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric A.
  • One (1) 6 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric A.
  • One (1) 16 1/2’’ x 15 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric A (back of tote)
  • One (1) 10 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric B.
  • One (1) 6 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric C.
  • One (1) 16 1/2’’ x 5 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric C.
  • One (1) 8 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric D.
  • One (1) 5 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric E.
  • Two (2) 16 1/2’’ x 15 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric E (lining).
  • Two (2) 23’’ x 4’’ strips from fabric E (handles).
  • One (1) 5 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric F.

Steps to Sew the Autumn Flannel Tote Bag

Step 1:

Join one (1) 8 1/2’’ x 7 1/2’’ piece from fabric A with one (1) 8 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric D.


Sew at a 1/4” seam allowance.

Step 2:

Join one (1) 6 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ piece from fabric C with one (1) 6 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric A.

Step 3:

Join one (1) 5 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ piece from fabric E with one (1) 5 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ rectangle from fabric E.

Now, join both pieces together.

Step 4:

Take the first assembled piece, one (1) 2 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from fabric B, and the second assembled piece and join them in a row.

Sew at a 1/4” seam allowance.


Step 5:

Join one (1) 16 1/2” x 5 1/2” rectangle from fabric C on the bottom part of the assembled piece.

Step 6:

Place batting on the wrong side of the piece and pin all around. Quilt your piece.

I decided to do a diamond motif at a 3/8” distance and using the Reverse Pattern Foot #1D, I was able to make a perfect stitch line.

Step 7:

Now, take the front and back of the tote and place them right sides facing and pin.

Sew all three sides at a 1/4’’ seam allowance.

Repeat the same with your lining piece, by placing them right sides together and sewing all three sides at a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving about 3” of opening.

Step 8:

To make the boxed corners, fold the corner to align your seams in the center. Press the corner & seams with an iron.

Measure and mark along both sides of the corner for your desired depth. In this example, I used 1″ on each side, which will give us a 2″ finished corner seam. Use a ruler to connect the two marks with a straight line.

Sew along the line you drew, back tacking both ends. Cut off the corner.

Turn your project right side out to form your box corner. Repeat the same process for the lining.

Step 9:

Now, insert the tote inside the lining, right sides facing together. Make sure to line up the seams together and pin your tote.

Sew all around the top part of the tote.  Remove the free-arm table of your machine to sew more comfortably and be able to rotate your tote.

Then, from the 3” opening, turn your piece inside out and close the opening by hand or machine stitch.

Step 10:

To create your handles, follow the instructions on Step 6 in my How to Sew Back-to-school Pencil Rolls tutorial.

Fold the ends of the handles and place them in front of the tote, 3 1/2” distance from each side and 6” apart from each end. Pin in place.

Sew a 1/2” rectangle in order to attach the handles repeating the same for the other end. Sew the other handle on the backside of the tote.

Now you have yourself a beautiful autumn flannel tote!

Autumn Tote Fabric Giveaway

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Congratulations to our winner(s):

  1. dixie1mom

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303 thoughts on “How to Sew an Autumn Flannel Tote Bag

    1. This is a darling project!!! I can see a use of scraps, machine quilting, and embroidered areas!! Will make a wonderful Christmas gift(s)!!! Thanks!

    2. uh oh, forgot to say what I was working on…..quilts, an American Girl dollhouse with custom furniture, quilts, cushions, Christmas table runners and now I will add this sweet bag to my list!!!

    3. I love this tote! Currently I am working on a costume for my granddaughter with an embroidery on the front that I have used my Artista 730 to create. I am also working on a tote bag and pencil cases for my grandchildren and daughter for Christmas. I am making them from pieces of my Dad’s old silk ties. Next I will make golf club covers for my brother and his wife.

    4. I am working on several projects; first a UFO to give as a Christmas present, it’s a Queen sized quilt.
      Next a couple of garments.
      And I have items to embroider for Christmas gifts too.
      Whatever I can get done.

    5. My projects for the winter are: (1) a bucket bag; (2) the wristlets for Christmas presents; and (3) mastering the BSR! Thank you for all of the inspiring notes in the newsletters!

    6. I’m working on finishing a quilted collage wall hanging and then have Christmas gifts in the planning stage – need a new table topper, too, in a Christmas theme. Love this bag – Have been looking for a pattern like this (for myself 😉 !

    7. I am currently working on a foundation paper piecing Star block that I want to use as a pillow project. I hope to donate it to our Symphony Christmas Auction in December. This bag would also make a nice auction item.

    1. This bag is beautiful! Thank you so much for the instructions.
      I’m working on a snowman table topper, a sweet little doll and some cute little wallets.

  1. Nice project! Thanks for all the lovely details with the tutorial. Much appreciated. I am working on several UFO’s this fall…always my goal at the first of the year is not to start anything new…then something comes along and bingo…more UFO’s!

  2. This is really beautiful. I will keep it for my next project. Hopefully I can find the fabric.
    I am working on a Christmas wall hanging called Santa Clause Land plus I just finished
    2-Reading Pillows for our grand-daughters.

  3. Currently working on some cool weather clothing for the grand littles for Christmas, a fall table runner with napkins and placemats, and some embroidered dish towels. There’s more but that’s what I work on daily u til one is finished and then I add more.

  4. I’m back working on my first quilt which I never finished. I moved on to other projects before I finished it. All I need to do is add the binding and it’s done – a high school graduation gift for my daughter who just turned 50! Sometimes life gets in the way of UFO’s. The upside is that it is quilted in a current pattern that would not have been available at the time. A blend of old and new for her.

  5. I am working Holiday table runners and potholders for family. I also am trying to make some quilts for family members. I would love to create this tote. It is a perfect size to take things to the pool.

  6. Beautiful fabrics and they are showcased well on the bag! I am working on trapunto squares for Christmas table runner using machine embroidery! Having fun and the 790 is zipping right through these designs.

  7. Hi! I am working on pjs and cozy robes when I saw your email and decided to check out what was happening on this site. Lots of stuff. Info about sewing feet and that free project and this one. well, read all that I had time for today. Have to go back to working on a robe for my hubby. Thanks for the information about how to make this tote. That will be a future project for me after all the pjs are done. Love thIs site. Thanks and Bye

  8. I currently have several quilts going, different bags for Christmas gifts, and a unique hanging towel pattern I found on a Facebook group. Never enough hours in the day!

  9. This fall, I am working on several items: catching up on two BOMs, embroidering Christmas ornaments and decorations, making advent calendar wall hangings, and making some holiday table runners with matching placemats.

  10. This fall I am making a cute Halloween quilt with lots of flying geese! Love these beautiful fabrics. Thanks for sharing the cute tote! Fun project!

  11. I’m finishing up a couple WIP’s, a puff ombre quilt, using of course AGF’s, and a queen size Homecoming quilt by @loandbeholdstitchery, oh and finishing up my Nebula quilt by @jaybird.. and I have 2 yards of 4 layer double gauze that I’m backing with @sharonhollands flannel and handstitching it.. busy.. busy.. not to mention some Christmas gifts

  12. I am still working on Halloween. There are some neat new Gnome things to embroidery and turn into totes and table runners. I have a 770QE that I use for embroidery while I sew on my 880. I am a happy Quilter.

  13. Lovely bag and I especially like the diamond quilting. I am working on a quilt for my nephews wedding. Will try this for a couple of Christmas beach bags. So cute with some beach themes.

  14. Just today I was asked to make 3 memory pillows from a friend’s father who passed away. I am always honored to make these since they are so sentimental. I use the sleeves to make heart-shaped stuffed ornaments to hang on their trees. I’ll probably make a few table runners to give as gifts too.

  15. I really LOVE that bag…add one more thing to my list of wanna do projects. Right now I’m working on learning the ins and outs of my B790+ and trying to become comfortable with some embroidery…but my quilting project wanna dos are taking over my sewing room!

    Thanks for the tutorial

  16. At present I am working on totes for my daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter for Christmas, using Linda Lee’s patterns. This pattern (autumn-flannel-tote-bag) I will use to make myself a tote using my L890 and ideas I just learned from Shelly at a class for my machine.

  17. Love flannel! Have to finish a good cleanse and clean of the sewing space. Then I have to finish the quilt for my great granddaughter. So much to do, so little time.

  18. I LOVE my 770QE. I just completed a labyrinth quilt as a wedding gift and custom quilted it all. Next I am going to quilt the Steampunk Halloween quilt that uses a panel. I want to try some free motion quilting with 12 weight thread. After that will be some Christmas goodies!! Hard to go through a say with out sewing and I just ordered a Q20!!!! So excited!!!!

  19. I am working on Christmas gifts for friends. A teapot quilt, Dresden quilt, and a secret gift for a couple friends that may read this post! I am also working on mask ornaments with an added vaccination charm.

  20. I always cut 1 1/2” squares from my scraps and keep them for that “future” project. My daughter has met a wonderful man and his parents have a sweet Boston terrier. I’m going to make a Boston Terrier quilt using those 1 1/2” squares. Lap size- so I expect it to take around 4 months to design and sew. Very excited!

  21. What a cute bag…and a great opportunity to practice straight line quilting. I really need to try a bag in flannel…I’ve made lots of bag but never one with flannel!

  22. I’ve been doing postcard swaps for “Tulaween” (Tula pink fabric for Halloween) and next thanksgiving. Also planning to finish the first quilt ive ever made for myself. Wish I could just hire a maid, quit my job and see forever!

  23. This Fall I am sewing quilts to give to my grown children for Christmas. I am also making table runners for gifts. And I think I will be making some of these totes for friends too! ❤️😃

  24. Working on two Halloween costumes, a Halloween themed wall hanging, and performance leotards in preparation for the gymnastics competitive season! Yikes!!

  25. Currently working on a pumpkin quilt, and a Christmas village quilt and also making pillowcases for each of the grandkids to use instead of wrapping paper for their Christmas presents. Just finished a customer’s queen size t-shirt quilt with Minky borders, backing and binding.

  26. I’m working on cleaning my sewing room – how unmotivating! I plan on doing a sew along on Nov 6 with flannel fabric. Maybe I’ll discover which flannel to use while cleaning my sewing room!

  27. Would not of though about flannel for a totebag..but what fun and super durable.
    Will need to make up some with patchwork block for holiday presents…sew THANKS Bernina for inspirations and positive vibes!

  28. So many projects! I’m making a wall hanging for Halloween, man’s shirt, stretch denim jeans and Christmas ornaments to sell for the benefit of a non profit group. The flannel tote bag might make a great addition to the list.

  29. Would love to win these fabrics, I have a wonderful daughter in law that loves bags, this would make a nice gift. I am working on two Christmas Dresses for two of my great grand daughters.

  30. Working on flannel rag lap quilt for watching tv. Great heather toned quirky monkey print here and there. Starting on FSL christmas ornaments. Some coY flannel loungenpants for the family for the holidys

  31. I am working on the Harvest Quilt as a 48 1/2 X 48 1/2 as a Table Topper by Kim Schaefer (Festive Fall Quilts)
    almost done. Now I get to play with my BSR (love this foot). Also working on Pumpkin placemats
    Now I will start making the Autumn Tote. Thank You for the tutorial it is going to be fun and great for presents.

  32. What a fantastic opportunity to see/touch and create with these lovely fabrics!!! I took an amazing lecture class through Quiltfolk, called “The Bronte Sisters’ quilt” and so that is what I’m going to begin today. I’ve never made anything like this, so it will be challenging and rewarding!

  33. I am working like crazy trying to finish up Rob Arpel’s guitars. I was not pleased with the fusing alone so have been sewing on all the applique pieces. Want to complete it so I can finish up a Christmas present quilt for his son. Hope to send both with my brother-in-law and avoid the skyrocketing postage costs.

  34. I just finished the quilting on a flannel throw for our sofa – hand sewing the binding on now. I used some quilt shop quality flannels for top & back and I love the softness of flannel.

    Would love to win the gift flannels & make that tote!

  35. I am working on sewing little girl things. I am so excited to be a grandma, again, and this time a little girl. I have 3 grandsons so this is exciting to use girlie colors. The nursery is in purples, Grey’s and browns. I will have to sew this autumn bag, or three, to put all the stuff in when I get them sewn.😅😊😉

  36. I’m working on a baby guilt with a soft flannel backing. Also a receiving blanket made of flannel and I’m putting ribbon tabs on it to touch. Then on to my first queen size quilt I’m nervously excited!

  37. I LOVE making bags and this is sew cute!! I am working on a couple of ByAnnie bags, quilts for my daughters, an English Paper Piecing BOM and trying to clean out my stash a bit!!! Ugh!!

  38. Working on a quilt for my grand-daughter. Should finish this week. Then will make a quilt for my grand-son. After that making Christmas quilts…….so many patterns and not enough time.

  39. Projects I am working on this Fall… gifts galore for Christmas this year. Everything you post winds up made and wrapped for a gift as soon as it is done. This is one Christmas that I will be ready for even with the shortage of goods sitting off the coast of CA.

  40. I’m working on the Enchanted Santa tile scene with the Happy Snowman tile scene next on deck. I need to squeeze in the winter mug rugs and a quilt for my grandson.

  41. Fall is clean up month, getting ready for the holidays to come. Time to clean up the sewing room, re-organize and re-think prior impulse purchases. There’s a box of material set aside for a paper piecing project (learning a new skill) and 3 yds of fleece (future jacket) waiting for me.

  42. This looks like a super fun tote! Perfect for a fun fall gift! Or a great project to do with our grandchildren when they come to sew. I have two T-shirt quilts to make and a Sunbonnet Sue quilt to piece. The blocks were embroidered by church ladies in the 1940s. They are SO beautifully hand appliquéd.

  43. I’m currently finishing up a series of three table runners (one for each of my three sisters). I’m making them reversible with Halloween fabric on one side and Christmas fabric on the other. I skipped right over Thanksgiving because I had no Turkey fabric!

  44. I’m working on the border of a Jinny Beyer quilt I started several years ago, Shenandoah Baskets. It was a free 2015 Block of the Month class. Hmm, 6 years but I’m also starting a Puff baby quilt I need done for a baby shower in November. I like the Puff Quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilts. The fabric in this giveaway is so pretty; I would enjoy working with it. Thank you.

  45. This fall I am working on camo curtains for my husband’s garage. And when I get that done I have about 39 other projects planned…hoping I can get through some of them before the end of the year!

  46. With my 770 embroidery module I am creating quilt tops with embroidered squares and quilting in the hoop. Love, love, love what Bernina’s embroidery module enables me to do!

  47. Halloween candy holders come first. Then on to the 3D pumpkins. After that I’m hoping to complete my 3D train from OESD. The OESD 3D pumpkins are such a great gift! Everybody loves them and I love making them.

  48. I’m working on a “throw” to keep me and my hubby warm as we sit on the bleachers for our grandchildren’s sporting events. I love the flannel tote. Great idea and love how easy this one looks to make. Gotta make one!

  49. Those flannel fabrics beautiful! I really like the tote design in those fabrics. I just finished a small oval table topper in Halloween fabrics for the Featherweight table that my husband built me. Now I am working on a dining table runner in the same fabrics.

  50. I am making various embroidered motifs of different sizes with my 770QE. I am putting these in bamboo embroidery hoops, embellishing the outer hoop. They can be hung or displayed on an easel. My favorite is a Sulky cross stitch coffee cup. A nice quick diversion!

  51. I am trying to finish off some table runners. With these table runners, I want to learn free- motion quilting and ruler work to quilt these table runners.

  52. I am working on table runners as gifts. I like to use 2 different holiday fabrics – one as the top and the other as the backing. So when Christmas is over, just flip the runner over and you’re all set for the next holiday… say Valentine’s Day. St. Patrick’s day can be paired with Easter.

  53. I am currently working on receiving blankets and burp cloths for two nieces, one due in November and the other due in December. Am now thinking would be cute to package them in a tote bag. Thanks for the pattern.

  54. I am working on denim quilts and baby girl quilts! All are gifts for friends. Bags are on of my weaknesses. Especially if I get to make one! My kids call me the bag lady😄. And yours is gorgeous!

  55. I’m making table runners and wall hangings using the Patchabilities patterns for gifts for Christmas. I just got a new 570 Bernina. My third Bernini in 50 years.. Just hope I’m up to all the new techie .

  56. This fall my “Sassy Stitchers” sewing group in our community and I are making bags for the cancer center and filling them with entertaining and helpful things for the patients going through treatment. These flannel winnings would be great for us! Hope I win!

  57. I am working on Alex Anderson’s “Spinning Spools” quilt, “Color My World” quilt, and several leather bags. I hope to finish most by Christmas!! I really like the tote bag above. Will definitely add this to my list.

  58. I am currently working a quilt, finishing up with some free motion. Love the tote bag and will try to put one together for a Christmas Gift, thank you for sharing the pattern.

  59. What a cute bag to make. I’m sewing for Christmas gift giving items. I’m now adding the key fobs to my Christmas list since viewing the tutorial included in this email. Have a baby quilt planned and this flannel fabric would be a great helper to my sewing budget. Thanks for the give away offer.

  60. Currently, I’m finishing up a pair of knit pants (trying out a new pattern)…. then I’m going to start work on the Circle Tree Quilt (on this blog) and look forward to using my newest foot purchase: the #83 circular embroidery attachment.

  61. I am looking forward to getting back into sewing this fall I have been busy with other things, but hope that life slows down so I can get back to creating

  62. Once I finish making flash diffusers for my son-in-law (he’s photographer), I have a couple of quilts I would love to complete before the holidays along with mug rugs.

  63. I have been making three market tote bags. One has embroidered sea creatures and another was made from a panel that my granddaughter found at my guilds quilt show. b

  64. Great bag & instructions! The colors of the flannel are very pretty and look so soft. I usually start using flannel in the fall….it seems to go together.

  65. The projects I’m working on this fall are my first freestanding laces/appliques (pumpkin patches & haunted mansions), mending my husband’s winter work clothes from last year & several quilts that could be late Christmas gifts!

    Just your typical fall projects! LOL

  66. I am teaching my 7 year old grandson to sew so we are working on simple projects that he can do. Right now it is little Christmas bags so he can gift them to his cousins.

  67. I am finishing my Christmas tree skirt, my first ever quilting project and has been a true labor of love. We Will have a Christmas Tree this year !
    I also will be completing a Flannel Nurse theme blanket for my daughter.

  68. I am working on two projects currently– Christmas tree skirt with beading on it, and a Ten Commandments wall quilt. Just have the actual quilting and finishing left to do on the quilt.

  69. Love the tote bag…beautiful! I am working on small fabric boxes in fall and Christmas colors. Sewing up some community projects for our Guild. Sewing on Christmas presents for my family and trying to catch up on the never ending UFO’ls.

  70. I have started sewing Christmas gifts for family and friends. My fall projects are just about complete having sewn several table runners/toppers and napkins to go with them. All is left is a little handwork.

  71. I’ve been working on a couple of quilts, a sew long that Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell did on Instagram, and fiddling with little projects along the way, thinking about Christmas gifts for all. These Art Gallery flannels are beautiful!

  72. My Halloween craft projects are piked higher than my free time! I finished 3 cat Halloween Potholders. Have the AGF Halloween quilt all cut out, and partially sewn together. Six wash clothes are read to be embroidered. Picked out the fabrics for a ghost Halloween table runner, but have not even cut it out yet! Hope to finish all but the table runner for Halloween!

  73. I am working on new projects like a tote bag from faux leather as well as wallets, wristlet keychains and other gift items for friends and family. I may attempt some coasters and mug rugs too.

  74. I just got a sparkling new Bernette 77! I am looking forward to finishing the quilt I was making when my super crappy old Project Runway sewing machine broke. 🙂

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