A Charitable Stash-Busting Tote-A-Thon

Lazies, Susan in PA wrote in recently to tell me that she donating lots and lots of bags made from our free With Love Tote pattern. I love emails like this. Look at all of these scrumptious bags!

Here’s Susan to tell us more
I gave the first six bags to the organization is A Woman’s Place (www.aWomansPlace.org) a few weeks ago.  Next Spring, another organization will fill the 50 bags and give them to A Woman’s Place.

The solo bag shows more specifics. I made the bags about 12 x 12, and pieced them from my leftovers from quilt making.

I think I probably used about 25 yards from my stash. My husband helped me put the various fabrics together. He was a huge help! I still had some odd pieces left that I cut into 4.5″ squares for some future project (an easy scrappy quilt? or more bags??)

Thank you so much for making the pattern available. Best wishes always,

Lazies, our one-yard, one-hour With Love Tote is available at our blog here:

You can make the tote smaller using 2/3 yard like Susan did. Information on how to do that is located on our blog here:

Great job Susan! Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.


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8 Responses to “A Charitable Stash-Busting Tote-A-Thon”

  1. Rosemary — September 20, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    I just used that pattern this weekend with my 7 year old granddaughter -now calling herself a Lazy Girl too. She practiced straight stitching the sides and I attached the handles for her- we loved it! She made hers for Halloween. I love Susan’s idea of piecing- gives a totally different and fabulous look. Thanks, Joan, it’s a great pattern- as usual!

  2. Barb — September 20, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    What a wonderful thing to do… and those bags look great. I know they will be greatly appreciated.

  3. Crzyquilter — September 20, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Impressive – kudos to you Susan and great totes! The friendship circle that I belong too makes lots of goodies for charities and this simple tote will be perfect for the Abuse Center, Assisted Living facilities and more. Thank you for the idea and inspiration.

  4. Jean — September 20, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    Susan, They are so beautiful! I have worked with a church that makes Christmas stockings and fills them with toiletries for the military. My group of ladies did 12 each, it was a lot of fun to know you could do something to help cheer someone who really needed it.

    Those bags are great. What a clever way to do them. Thanks for sharing and God bless you for your work. Jean

  5. Mary Martin — September 20, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    What a great pattern. Through out the year I knit hats and scarves and wash clothes. Then at the holidays I make the tote bags and fill them with the hats and scarves and wash clothes and a bar of soap. I make 30 of these each year to donate to a local shelter. This year I was able to get a donation of some wonderful hand made soap to include in my bags. I am still looking for more donations to help fill the bags. Thanks for a great quick pattern. It really makes you feel really good to try and help out in the community.

  6. Wendy — September 20, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    What a wonderful way to use Joan’s pattern, Susan. Thanks, Joan, for all you do for us.

  7. lellia — September 20, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    I believe it’s a way to learn teenagers make there own tote

  8. Glenda in Florida — September 21, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    What an inspiration! I need to make up lots more of these for a local charity. They fill their bags with three days worth of clothing for children who end up in the local women’s abuse shelter, or children entering foster care for the first time. I generally make the full yard size and box the bottoms. If I have heavier fabric like denim, we use webbing for the handles–helps reduce the thickness when we attach them. I would never have thought of piece the fabrics–they look wonderful!