How to Sew an Autumn Flannel Tote Bag + Fabric Giveaway

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

Enter to win!

We're giving away an Art Gallery Fabrics Autumn Flannel Tote Bag fabric bundle so you can create your own tote bag!

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question:

“What projects are you working on this fall season?”

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the blog during the giveaway entry period. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

The giveaway is open through October 19, 2021 11:59 pm CDT.

Good luck!

89 thoughts on “How to Sew an Autumn Flannel Tote Bag + Fabric Giveaway

    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!!!

    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!

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