sewing: Backyard Garden Bag tutorial

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recently, I had the chance to create a free tote bag tutorial with some of my favorite Pellon® products and the new Cloud9 Fabrics line for Jo-Ann. this tote bag is perfect for carrying your latest fabric purchase, some crafty supplies, or for jaunts to the post office (that one I know for sure from experience!).

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an elastic casing at the top of the bag helps to keep all of your items in, and a sturdy gusset gives you plenty of room for lots of fabric purchases!

you can download the pattern and instructions here on the Cloud9 site.

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cloud9 backyard garden bags

cloud9 backyard garden bag

pattern and more information about Cloud9 Fabrics organic cottons here.

happy stitching!
xo, rachael

Rachael Gander

I am a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast. I learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties, and I've spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time! I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, hand-printed fabric, and textile design, I have found my love in pattern design, and sell my original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop.

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16 Responses to sewing: Backyard Garden Bag tutorial

  1. nelda March 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    OMG…this is cute! Can I use your pattern and tutorial to have a friends night sewing project? This would be a fun project with other moms.

  2. Katy March 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Ha, B proving that you can never have too many bags there :oD

    • Rachael Gander March 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      totally!! luckily, i “got” to send all of these off to Jo-Ann, so they’re at the very least not shoved in a drawer or the back of my closet. not that i do…. oh, hell. yeah i do that.

  3. erin March 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Really pretty totes, great for toting knitting projects too

    • Rachael Gander March 9, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      ooh, yes! that would be perfect :)

    • Laura February 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Erin, exactly what I am about to try and sew one for! :) Thanks for the inspiration, Rachael.

  4. Cathy E March 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Very cute!!

  5. Anne March 9, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    This is a great tote!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your project at Cloud 9:

  6. Alli March 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Those are super cute! I need to make more bags for our house — I keep going into the fabric store with whatever gungy old reusable supermarket bag I find in the car. :D

  7. Emily March 11, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    very very cute! I’ve been collecting fabric to attempt a perfect spring purse for myself!! Love these bags ;o)

  8. Marni @ Haberdashery Fun March 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Just saw this on FB.. Awesome.. Super cute!!

  9. Cindy March 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    The tote looks great! I like that it has elastic around the top. Very handy!


  1. Tutorial: Backyard Garden Bag with elastic around the top | Sewing | - March 9, 2014

    […] Rachel from Imagine Gnats shares a tutorial at Cloud 9 Fabrics showing how to make her Backyard Garden Bag.   It’s a good size and shape to carry library books or craft purchases or, for less recreational purposes, a tablet and some folders for work.  A side gusset and flat bottom make it a roomy bag.  An elastic casing around the top keeps it from gaping wide open when you set it down on a table.  Go to Cloud 9 Fabrics to download the PDF. […]

  2. Cloud 9 + imagine gnats + Jo-Ann | pellonprojects - March 12, 2014

    […] [photo courtesy of Rachael Gander, imagine gnats] […]

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