Free Quilt in a Bag Project

Quilt laid out flat (the bag is on the underside)

For a quilt that not only keeps you warm or holds your place at the park but also helps tote your goodies to the game or picnic, try this great project I created for Bernina’s Sewing Republic. The entire how-to is available free for download on the Sewing Republic website. If you don’t want to take the time to create a quilt, you can also use a large piece of fleece as your blanket, or stitch the tote onto a pre-existing quilt. You can make the blanket as large or small as you like. If I was to make it again, I would use a water-resistant fabric for the quilt backing and bag. That way when I lay it down in the grass at the park, I won’t have to worry about damaging the quilt.

Bag with the quilt inside

Nicole Smith is an author, editor, designer, and instructor who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Check out her latest book, Skirt-A-Day Sewing, out now at your local bookstore, or online.
  1. LOVE this! I’m going to try it with a regular blanket and just attach a tote to the back. Too cool.

  2. I love,love quilting. My mohter in law makes beautiful all by hand. She alwaqys takes two or three grandkids a year and makes a great heirloom for them. I started quilting about 5 years ago and always seem to get one made during the New Year’s week right before the kids start back to school. Living in Idaho there are alot of days just to stay home to quilt & make great soup! Thanks for the pictures. I especially love the porch.

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