Tinkertote Finish!

I fell prey to the latest Instagram craze – the Tinkertote! This is the bag from Tara Rebman’s class on Craftsy – Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bags.  So many firsts in this class for me – my first hidden zipper pocket, first bias binding, first quilt as you go project, first time doing a bag with a binding for the finish… and the class made it so easy to understand!

Totoro Tinkertote

Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bags

I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton mako for the entire bag construction. It looks beautiful with the 1/4″ quilting lines on the fabric and blended nicely with everything else. I pulled fabrics from my scrap bin and used a lot of leftover Lily Ashbury Summer House pieces too. The bottom gray textured piece is a Riley Blake fabric. The inside is a fabric I got a Hobby Lobby a while ago. I love the binding too – this was a fabric that just came in a week ago from Hancocks of Paducah and I cut right into it with minimal hesitation!

Totoro Tinkertote

I wanted to use the totoro embroidery stitch out that I’ve had sitting on my desk forever needing to be put onto something. I thought it would make a very cute, unique edition to the bag!

Totoro Tinkertote

Totoro Tinkertote

Totoro Tinkertote

Totoro Tinkertote

Totoro Tinkertote

I had so much fun putting the bag together. I made my fair share of mistakes but rolled with it and made it work.  Tara is a great teacher. I found myself talking to her as I was putting the bag together and watching the video segments over a few times.  I plan on making a smaller version for an everyday purse and I want to use my Riley Blake Geekly Chic fabrics for that. I’m so happy I signed up for the class and actually finished a bag! Looking forward to toting it around Tampa Bay Comic Con today in search for more Totoro cuteness.


  1. Oh it turned out beautiful Katie!!!

  2. Linda Schantz says:

    I also took this class and cant wait to make my bag! Tara was an excellent teacher and really went over step by step with you. I hope she can do more classes! I love these classes as Like you I like to be able to re-watch while making the project. If I go to a class and take notes I miss most of the class. This way it will always be there for me! Now to go search my scraps..

  3. So cute! I’m glad I saw your post as I am working on my Tinkertote and was a bit mad at myself for putting the snap on the wrong side of the flap. This bag represents some firsts for me too. I’ve been lamenting all week on how to proceed because I don’t have fabric to redo it the way I intended. Now I’m going to roll with it and make a smaller one later. Love that idea!

    • I could do a whole blog post on everything I messed up on this bag – seriously there’s a lot of “oops” in it but I love it anyway. The second time around should go much smoother now that I know kinda what I’m doing. Keep at it! Don’t give up.

  4. I have watched the class, but haven’t started my bag yet. I am afraid I will get frustrated and give up. Yours looks great!

  5. Your bag is so beautiful … I’ve put this class on my Craftsy wish list.

  6. Love your bag!!! Aren’t these fun to make mistakes and all. I love my tinker tote and I carry it every day. I did make it a tad smaller by accident. I wanted my sides to match up perfectly. I plan on making at least one or two more.

  7. Betty Rhoads says:

    The purse looks really great Katie…..I would like to see your everyday purse if you make one also.

  8. I’ve been thinking about making a bag so you’re post inspires me to actually do it. I’ll put the class on my wish list and hopefully get one done sometime soon. Thanks!

  9. Great minds! I’ll be finishing mine up this week. Your fabric selection is fabulous!

  10. Oh it turned out wonderful! I made one just a couple of weeks ago and had an equally positive experience. Enjoy using it and showing it off!

  11. Love it!

  12. catherine says:

    I took this class and I loved it. I have made three bags and can’t wait to make more. Tara has a blog with a crazy cute clutch using this quilt as you go method. Found on tinkerfrog.blogspot.com. I made a few mistakes but they still turned out cute.


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