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Hogwart's House Tote Bag Tutorial

A customer at the quilt shop I work at brought a bag similar to this in to the shop.  She explained how she made it and this bag is based on hers. 

Gryffindor Tote Bag

Fabric A (Gold)  7 - 8" x 8"
                             2 - 6" x 6"  (cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles)

Fabric B (Scarlet)  4 - 8" x 8"
                                 2 - 9" x 9" (cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles)

Fabric B (Scarlet)  2 - 4" x 25"

Fabric B (Scarlet) 1 - 22 1/2" x 44"

Cotton Batting or Fusible Fleece  2 - 1 1/4" x 25"

*Piece your favorite Harry Potter block. Use any of Jennifer's wonderful patterns on www.sewhooked.org.  It doesn't have to be a Hogwart's house block.

*Matching center of side of HP block and center of long side of gold triangle, place right sides together and stitch.  Press towards gold triangle.  Repeat with opposite side of HP block.

*Trim edges even with edges of HP block

*Repeat for last two steps for remaining two sides of HP block

*Square block to 8 " x 8"

*Referring to the first picture below, sew a gold 8" x 8" square to a scarlet 8" x 8" square to a gold 8" x 8" square to a scarlet 9" triangle.  Make sure the scarlet triangle is positioned correctly.  Press towards scarlet fabric.  Repeat to make 3.  Make another one with the HP block positioned as in the second photo.


*Looking at picture, sew the bottom of a gold square to the side of the other gold square to make an L shape. Start the seam 1/4" in.  Repeat to make 2 total. 


*Looking at pic & diagram (you'll need to click on the diagram to get a clearer picture), sew both L shapes together leaving 1/4" open on each sides of seam

*Now take one scarlet point and pull it over the corner of where the gold square is sewn to the scarlet triangle.  This will sew one side of the bag together.

*Repeat for remaining 3 sides and turn right side out.


*Lay each 4" x 25" piece of strap fabric right side down on ironing board.  Place a 1 1/4" x 25" batting/fleece even with one edge of strap and fold over.  Press.

*Fold opposite raw edge over to meet other folded raw edge.  Press.

*Fold over to completely encase batting/fleece.  Press, pin and stitch to secure edge.  Add a stitch or two on each side of first seam.  You can use decorative stitches if you would like and your sewing machine has them.


*Pin each strap end to the center of each scarlet triangle.  Baste all 4 ends.



*W/right sides together and using a 1/2" seam, stitch down one side.  On the opposite side, sew a seam leaving an 8" opening in middle of side.  Press bottom folded edge.

*W/bag still wrong side out, line up side seam with pressed bottom edge of lining.  Press.


*Measure down from point on each side 7 3/8".  Mark on each side and draw a line connecting each mark.  Pin & sew a seam on drawn line. 


*Repeat for other side and trim off corners. 

Attaching Bag to Lining

*W/ bag right side out and lining inside out, place bag inside lining.  Pin top edges and stitch together.  (I added a zigzag stitch to reinforce the seam.)

*Pull bag right side out through the opening in the side of the lining.  Whipstitch opening shut.  Place lining inside bag  & iron top of bag.

*Enjoy your Hogwarty goodness.

*Just in case your not a Gryffindor, here's how I would do the other houses:
                      Slytherin                      Ravenclaw                     Hufflepuff

Fabric A       Silver/Gray                  Brown/Bronze                Black

Fabric B      Green                           Blue                                Yellow

Straps          Green                          Blue                              Yellow

Lining           Green                         Blue                              Yellow

*If you have any questions, feel free to email me at hermionejean7@gmail.com.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing! The tutorial looks really great.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
your very welcome.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
best tute EVAR! very clear and easy to understand thanks so much! i never would have figured this out by staring at the bag hahaha
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm always paranoid that my instructions aren't easy to understand but once you make the bag once, the next ones go very quickly. They get addictive, I have 3 already and plans to make more.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Wow thank you for sharing! I love your bag!!
Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Your welcome. Glad to share.
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting the tutorial! I can't wait to make one. The Gryffindor bag is as beautiful as the Ravenclaw.
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
GREAT Tutorial
Thanks for sharing this, you did a wonderful job!

Clicking print as we speak....:)
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: GREAT Tutorial
Opps...that was me who left the comment above...I was signed in...hmmm..oh well!
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hi I found you via sewhooked.

I just wanted to thank you for this beautiful tutorial
and just for the record it is very clear and easy to understand even with english not being my first language.

I also wanted to show you the bag I made with your tutorial (even if it isn't a hogwarts bag)

Lilja Björk
Mar. 9th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. I'm glad it was easy to understand. You're the first to show your bag. I love the jeans you used, especially with the heart block. I never would have thought of that, what a wonderful idea. :)

Thank you so much for sharing.
May. 29th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hello, wonderful crafty friend!

I am proud to present you with the FIRST EVER sewhooked Sew Awesome Craft award for your wonderful Hogwarts House Tote, which, as you know, I adore.


*throws confetti*

I'll be featuring your fabulous bag tutorial on the sewhooked blog as a "Sew Awesome Craft". Please feel free to grab the craft award above or this icon sized one for your blogging pleasure.

And thank you for sharing such a fantastic tutorial!

May. 31st, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)

OMG, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I can't stop jumping up and down!!! How cool is that!!! WOW, you just made my year!!! :D

(And on my parents 33rd anniversary!)
May. 31st, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU for sharing such an awesome tutorial AND for giving me one of your brilliant bags.

Happy anniversary to your parents, too. :D
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