Sew a Customizable, Quilted Tote

The Garden Tiles Bag has all the space of a roomy tote bag without the boring, boxy look! Grow your sewing and quilting skills with this confident beginner-friendly course on making a quilted handbag with gathered side panels and big side pockets. Sewing teacher Sarah Markos created the pattern to show off her favorite floral fabrics. Mimicking a brick wall, the tiles on the front panel create endless opportunities for playing with your favorite colors and printed fabrics. For those of you who love to show off your favorite fabric in a larger area, Sarah offers a variation that highlights a single panel of fabric or a mini quilt of your own design.

To start, you'll learn how to choose your fabric and what supplies are needed. Then you will dive into bag construction by sewing the handle, slip pockets, and a hidden zipper pocket. You'll insert a magnetic snap to ensure your bag stays closed. Next, you'll create the quilted panels and assemble the bag shape. Complete the course with guidance on boxing the corners, turning the bag, and other finishing touches. You will love taking this bag wherever you go and will surely make more than one!

What you will learn

  • Make a large quilted tote with customizable pockets perfect for travel, shopping, or as a baby bag.

  • Learn practical sewing and quilting techniques while creating panels and pockets.

  • Put your favorite fabric on the front panel or design your own mini quilt to be featured on the bag.

  • Wide, comfortable straps stay on your shoulder and easily slip on with one hand.

  • The bag features quilted front panels, quilted side pockets, a magnetic snap closure, a hidden zipper pocket, and inner slip pockets.

  • Includes access to course videos, downloads, the Creative Spark private community, and discussion with your instructor. Your course content does not expire.


The course includes The Garden Tiles Bag pattern as a downloadable PDF.

The Garden Tiles Bag: Sew the Ultimate Tote

Sew and customize your own quilted tote with pockets with two front panel options. All sewing abilities are welcome.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to Garden Tiles Bag

    1 Text 1 Download

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    5 Videos

  • Chapter 2: Cutting Considerations

    2 Videos

  • Chapter 3: Getting Started

    3 Videos

  • Chapter 4: Make the Interior

    5 Videos

  • Chapter 5: Make the Exterior Side Panels

    2 Videos

  • Chapter 6: Make the Exterior Front Panels

    3 Videos

  • Chapter 7: Assemble the Exterior

    2 Videos

  • Chapter 8: Final Construction

    4 Videos

  • Chapter 9: Closing

    1 Video 1 Text