Quilted Tote

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

This morning has been an off morning for me.
I thought sewing would get me back on track.

I have made quite a few totes, so I thought I would use some of the last remnants
from my dad’s shirts to make a tote.
There was not enough shirt fabric to make a lining, so I found a blue fabricĀ in my stash.
I was able to piece a front and back, makingĀ blocks with and without the shirt pockets.

My first mistake was in placing the pocket squares too close to the top.
I did not leave enough of a margin, so the seam is too close to the pocket.
The pockets are still functional, but it would look better if there were more of a margin.

Then, I was off in matching the seams when I sewed the lining to the tote shell.
To add to the lists of mistakes, I did not catch all of the fabric when sewing the side seams.
I ripped and redid.
I also did some creative patching…not pretty, but it works.

I had planned to gift this tote, but I think I will keep this one.
This is the last of the shirt fabric.
I was able to make a quilt, a small tote, and this large tote out of my dad’s plaid shirts.

This project did get me back on track for the day.
I’ll just look at my mistakes as opportunities to problem solve and improve.


The top row has three functional shirt pockets.
The second row has one functional shirt pocket in the center.


There is one functional shirt pocket on the right side on the back of the tote.


One large shirt pocket was used to make an inside pocket.