If you happen to have some extra charm squares laying around (or enough fabric to make your own) then we definitely have a great project for you: the patchwork tote bag!

If you have never tried to make a bag before, then this is also a great place to start. It is simple enough for beginners to try, and all it really requires in terms of equipment is a sewing machine with a zig-zag foot (which is quite common on most machines these days).

We were thinking you could make one as a gift, or maybe even make some in festive colors for yourself to help when it is time to shop for the holidays! Either way you choose, you can’t go wrong, so check out this tutorial from Alanda Craft and give it a try! You can also find written instructions here.