Taxi Tote Bag

Category: Bags and Totes

Do right by the planet and carry your own quilted Taxi Tote Bag for all your shopping and shlepping.

You can adapt the easy how-to’s provided here to your own mix of fabrics, and make a bag that reflects your personality and style. Make one for yourself, another for a gift — no gift-wrap necessary!

Project Size: 17″ wide x 16″ high (19” high with flap up) x 5″ deep, not including handles

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What you need to make this project

18" x 36" piece of Fusi-boo batting

Download Pattern

1/4 yard of print you absolutely love, for your “focal fabric” (shown here, a swirly yellow, black, white print)
1- 2 fat quarters in a variety of coordinating prints (sharing at least one of the colors of the focal fabric, but with a different type of pattern and scale; shown here, bubbly print)
1/2 yard dark-colored fabric to coordinate (shown here, black with confetti print)
1/4 yard OR fat quarter of light-colored fabric to coordinate (shown here, mottled yellow solid)
1/8 yard light & dark geometric in colors to coordinate (shown here, black and white diagonal stripe)
1/2 yard canvas fabric, 36” wide
1 yard cotton or polyester webbing, 1” wide (for handles)
Optional: iron-on letters for monogram; 3 buttons, 1” in diameter; 6” length of narrow elastic cord

Quick Shop

This design was inspired by Karen Eckmeier’s What’s for Dinner? Bag, as featured in Eleanor’s recent book: Unforgettable TOTE BAGS: 20 Designs Too Cool to Leave in the Car. (Ask your local quilt shop for the book, or visit the the website.)

All of the instructions for making this bag is included in the Project Pattern sheet. Eleanor provides detailed steps with reference pictures. Be sure to read through all of the directions first and to have assembled all of the basic supplies as outlined before proceeding with your project.