Lazy Days Tote

Stitch up an appealing bag that's the perfect size for carefree weekend days.

When choosing fabrics for the miniature patchwork pieces that make up designer Cindy Taylor Oates' bag, select mostly small-scale prints. For more style, consider using a specialty fabric, such as silk douppioni, for the solid band or for the entire bag. If you want a more secure bag, think about adding a closure, such as ribbon ties, a button and loop, or magnetic snaps.


  • 18-x-22-inch piece (fat quarter) pink print (triangle-squares,
    band, bag base)
  • 18-x-22-inch piece (fat quarter) dark pink print (triangle-squares, lining)
  • 1/4 yard light green print (Four-Patch units)
  • 1/4 yard green print (Four-Patch units, bag handle)
  • 1/8 yard green polka dot (Four-Patch units)
  • 1/3 yard muslin (backing)
  • 16-x-26-inch thin batting
  • 3-x-9-inch rectangle heavy cardboard

Finished Bag

Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 3 inches
Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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