Odd Fellows Chain Large Tote Bag

The Odd Fellows Chain Block is a nice 24 inch square, and I thought it would be the perfect size for a great tote to carry my cutting mats and rotary rulers back and forth to class. I added a little trim to give an added boost and put cork fabric on the back for a new and different look. This block was “quilt as desired” in the Block 11 post, so I used BERNINA Q-matic Longarm Automated Quilting System on my BERNINA Q 24 on the frame to quilt this block.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote Tutorial

Supplies To Create An Odd Fellows Chain Large Tote

4 different fat quarters to construct the block with an extra fat quarter for Fabric D (I used New Traditions fabric collection by Benartex)

1 fat quarter for binding: Cut to binding width to size recommended for your size binder

Batting: Cut 27” x 27”

Backing: Cut 28” x 28”

2 yards of 2” wide webbing for handle: Cut into 2 one yard pieces

Binder Attachment #88

Binding Foot #95/95C

Patchwork Foot #37/37D

Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D

1 package (1 yd x 27”) Natural Cork Fabric by Ever Sewn

Instructions To Create An Odd Fellows Chain Large Tote

Piece the Odd Fellows Chain Block following the instructions from the BERNINA Block of the Month Block 11 by Nina McVeigh.

Pieced Odd Fellows block

Layer the pieced block, the batting and the backing to create a quilt sandwich. Use any of the quilting techniques from previous blogs that you desire, or experiment with your own quilting technique to quilt the layers together.

After you have quilted the block, it is time to trim and square it up.

Odd Fellows square

03 Odd Fellows- trim and square

Place the quilted piece you have just trimmed over the Eversewn Cork Fabric and cut the Cork Fabric to the same size.

Eversewn Cork

Eversewn Cork

Cut the fabric for the binding as recommended for the size of your binder. There are three different sizes of binders: 28 mm (scant 1/8”), 32 mm (1/4”) and 38 mm (scant 1/2”). I used the 38mm binder, so I cut my strips 1-3/8 inch wide. Since we are only using the binding on straight edges, it is fine to cut the strips on the cross grain of the fabric instead of on the bias. Cut approximately 12 strips.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - cutting

Stitch all strips end to end using the 45 degree angle as we do with quilt binding. The diagonal seam will create a flatter seam to pass through the Binder Attachment and will lay nice and flat in the finished project.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - preparing the binding

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - binding preparation

Trim all seam allowances to ¼ inch and press seam open. Don’t forget to trim off the corners of the seams too.

Odd Fellows Chain tote - trim seam allowances

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - pressing

Set up the binder on your machine. Click here for a great video tutorial on how to set up the binder.

After viewing the video, load strip into the Binder with Foot #95 attached and bind the top edge of the quilted piece. This will be the top of the tote.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Binding

Bind the top edge of the cork piece. This will become the back of the tote.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Binding

Bind each long side of both webbing pieces for handles.

Odd Fellows Chain - Strap Binding

You are now ready to assemble tote using all four pieces you have just bound.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote- All Bound

Start by marking the position for the handle on the cork side of the tote. You will need to measure with a ruler 6” over and 6” down.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Marking

Mark the corner of the ruler for the placement line.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Marking

Place the handles in place with the raw edges toward the top of the tote.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Place Handles

Stitch across the raw edges of the handle.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - stitching handles

Fold up and pin. Stitch across the folded edge using Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - fold up and pin

Pivot and stitch up one side of the handle.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - pivot and stitch

Pivot at the top of the tote, and continue to stitch across the top.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - stitch across the tote

Then pivot and stitch back down the other side of the strap.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - stitching the straps

Stop stitching when you reach the folded edge.

You should see a rectangle on the back side of cork.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Rectangle

The handle will now extend above the top of the tote.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Handle

Now you are ready to stitch the handles to the quilted and pieced front.

Pin each end of one handle on the right side of the front piece. To find the position come in and over 6 inches, this will put you two small blocks over and two small blocks down.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - pin handles

Place handle so that you can stitch across the raw end of each end of handle with it hanging down to the bottom of the tote.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - placing handle

Stitch across the raw edges of the handle.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - stitching the handles

Fold up and pin handle in place.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - pin handles in place

Just as you did on the cork side of the tote, use Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D to stitch across the fold and up the side. Continue to stitch across the top of the tote. Then pivot and stitch back down the other side of the strap. Pivot and stitch across the folded edge.

The handle will now extend above the top of the tote on the quilted side.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - handle on quilted side

Lay front and back right sides together with raw edges even. Make sure the binding is at the top and your handles are going up.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - right sides together

Make sure the top edge is even.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - even top edge

Use clips to hold the sides and bottom together.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - hold together with clips

Use a 3/8 inch seam to stitch around the tote.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - stitch around tote

I found that it was hard to get the corner to point out when I tried to turn it right side out, so I rounded the corner and re-stitched it.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - Round corners

Trim off excess.

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - trimming

Clean finish the seams on the inside with a zig zag or you can use your overlocker to finish them.

Odd Fellows Chain tote - clean finish

I used a bar tack to hold the seam allowance flat on each side of tote top.

Odd Fellows Chain tote - flat seam

Odd Fellows Chain Tote - flat seam

Congratulations you have a very nice tote for class!

Odd Fellows Chain Tote Tutorial

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