Scrap Lab: Half-Square Triangle Tote Bag

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This past Summer I was given the opportunity to be a part of a fun feature in Quilts and More magazine called Scrap Lab. Three designers are given the same fabrics and asked to design I project using only those fabrics. It sounded like a fun challenge to me, so I gladly took it on. The first round that I participated in is in the Spring 2017 issue of Quilts and More, on newsstands now!

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We were each sent a fat eighth bundle of Moda Grunge Fabrics. I had never worked with Grunge before. I have dabbled in all-solid projects, but not in semi-solids. Grunge has a really interesting painterly texture, which is not quite as intimidating or stark has total solids. I immediately thought back to my days in college, working towards my Studio Art minor. That inspired me to come up with a roomy tote bag for my project. The perfect size to carry around art, sewing or quilting supplies!

Of course I couldn't help myself, I had to add half-square triangles. What can I say, I can't stay away!

I wasn't totally sure how the finished bag would look in these fabrics, so I made a sample first in some semi-solid woven fabrics including various shot cotton, cross-weave and chambray fabrics from my stash. I liked the idea, so I went ahead with the design for the Grunge fabrics.

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In addition to my tote bag, you'll also find Scrap Lab projects from Sherri McConnell (pillows) and Christa Watson (quilt). This was a fun experience for me, and I look forward to sharing my future Scrap Lab projects!


  1. I found this on the news stand last Saturday. Your tote is really attractive. Just the thing for Spring!

  2. I found grunge by accident about six years ago and now it's my go to choice for "solids" in nearly all my quilts. The bag is very fun.

  3. I love Grunge! They work nicely with your bag!

  4. This is pretty. There are many choices for distressed fabrics. I adore your bag, Jeni

  5. I love your bag, Jeni! Haven't tried these fabrics but they have been on my wishlist. x Teje

  6. Gosh I love this. And it looks like you sewed down the corner creases - ? I love that in a bag!

    1. Yep! Me too, gives it a little extra structure! :)


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