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Alexandra Tote Bag

Every quilter knows the joy of starting a new project, especially when it promises a beautiful and practical result. The Alexandra Tote Bag by June Tailor fits the bill perfectly, combining the art of quilting with the satisfaction of creating a versatile accessory. This project is not just about piecing together fabric; it’s about crafting an item that you can carry proudly or gift with love.

Gathering Your Supplies for the Alexandra Tote Bag

Before diving into the quilting process, it’s essential to have the right supplies on hand. The Alexandra Tote Bag kit simplifies the process by providing pre-printed batting with the pattern and strapping webbing for the handles.

To complement the kit, I used my AccuQuilt Go cutting system and the corresponding die (55017) to cut uniform 2 1/2 inch strips, a step that ensures precision and saves time. While the cutting system is a separate purchase, its value is undeniable in a project like this. Additionally, the June Tailor quilt basting spray and the June Tailor Magic Seam Wand were indispensable tools in my toolkit, providing ease and efficiency. And, of course, a reliable sewing machine like my Juki TL-2010Q is a must-have, with its fast and flawless straight stitching making the process smooth sailing.

The Quilting Process: Efficiency Meets Creativity

With the AccuQuilt Go system, cutting the fabric strips needed for the tote’s exterior was a breeze. The strip cutter die ensured each piece was perfectly sized, which is crucial for the quilt-as-you-go method. After cutting, I used the June Tailor quilt basting spray to attach the batting to the tote lining. This method was not only quick but also gave me a flat and stable base to work on.

The beauty of the Alexandra Tote Bag kit lies in its sew-by-number system. It takes the guesswork out of the equation, allowing for an enjoyable and straightforward assembly. As I added each strip to the batting, the June Tailor Magic Seam Wand proved to be a game-changer. Its ability to press seams without an iron made my workspace more manageable and kept the project moving forward without a hitch.

My Juki TL-2010Q, known for its speed, handled the sewing with ease. The machine’s precision was particularly beneficial when it came time to quilt the assembled pieces. The speedy straight stitches, coupled with the machine’s robust build, allowed for a seamless transition from piecing to quilting. Just drop the feed dogs, change your sewing foot and quilting is a breeze!

Detailing and Finishing Touches

The attention to detail didn’t stop at quilting. For the interior seams, I chose to bind them for a more polished look, deviating from the typical finish recommended in most tote bag patterns. The strapping, included in the kit, provided the strength needed for the handles, ensuring durability for everyday use.

In finishing the Alexandra Tote Bag, I was reminded of the value of choosing high-quality tools and materials. The tote is a testament to the blend of traditional quilting with modern techniques and equipment. It’s a practical piece, but it’s also a showcase of the skill and creativity that quilters bring to their craft.

A Tote Bag with a Story

The Alexandra Tote Bag is more than just a project; it’s a narrative woven from fabric strips, a story stitched together with care, and a creation that marries functionality with handmade charm. As I gift this tote to my Granny, it carries with it the legacy of our shared passion for quilting, embodied in a chic and sturdy accessory she’s sure to cherish.

For fellow quilters considering their next project, the Alexandra Tote Bag offers an experience that’s as rewarding to make as it is to use. It’s a wonderful example of how our beloved quilting craft can produce something both beautiful and practical, fitting seamlessly into our daily lives.


  1. What a special project for a precious grandmother. Beautiful!
    These quilt as you projects are great!

  2. Barbara Nelson says:

    That is a wonderful gift, and so many sewing techniques used….

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