Elegant free applique tote-bag pattern (with a touch of country charm)

We love freebie days at Stitch This! Today we’re sharing a free applique tote-bag pattern from the authors of the eBook Elegant Quilts, Country Charm by Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel.

Bag for Sophia free pattern

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This beauty of a bag measures a roomy 16″ x 21″. That’s spacious enough to fit your wallet, your sundries, your sew-on-the-go kit, your copy of A Quilter’s Journal, and maybe even a couple of quilt books too!

The bag features a blend of tactile wool and reproduction fabrics—why limit them just to quilts? Use the bag for special occasions or for everyday tote-ing. It would work great for a quilt retreat or a back-to-school bag too!

What’s even more fun is that in Elegant Quilts, Country Charm, you’ll find another pattern that coordinates perfectly with the Bag for Sophia—the Scarf for Sophia:

Scarf for Sophia
Find the Scarf for Sophia pattern in
Elegant Quilts, Country Charm

Elegant Quilts, Country CharmWouldn’t this pair of projects make a lovely gift for someone who’s a little bit elegant and a little bit country? Make both and they’ll have the perfect ensemble to wear on a chilly day!

Elegant Quilts, Country Charm is packed with creative ways to mix felted wool and cotton fabrics, which will add depth and texture to your projects. We love that with wool appliqué, there are no edges to turn under, because felted wool doesn’t fray! Even beginners can create these cozy, antique-looking designs with ease.

Choose from 11 projects, including table runners:

In Full Bloom table runner
In Full Bloom


Out on a Limb pillow
Out on a Limb

Framed appliqué:

Jessie's Flowers
Jessie’s Flowers

And conversation-starting quilts!

Jeanette's Quilt
Jeanette’s Quilt

Do you have a wool stash? Do you felt your wool or purchase it felted? Tell us in the comments!

45 Comments (leave a comment)

  • such pretty

    Karen on July 27, 2018
  • Meant to say – such a pretty bag and hit submit before I finished my comment!

    Karen on July 27, 2018
  • I really didn’t want to start wool because I didn’t need to start collecting another stash. Sigh. But I am hooked. Yes, I have a wool stash, much of it I collected but am the happy recipient of a friend’s collection when she decided she was going to concentrate on other applique. I buy felted. I tried felting my own once and it was not a success. LOL

    —Sue Hilton on July 27, 2018
  • I buy both so if it isn’t felted I will felt it at home.

    —Kaye Walker on July 27, 2018
  • I have a HUGE stash of wool and I felt it myself. I also have a large supply of perle threads.

    —Pam Allen on July 27, 2018
  • No, I haven’t attempted felting my own wool. Just buy it ready quilted, I have so many UFO"s that I darent start learning another job! Is it easy to felt your own and how much equipment is needed?

    —Liz tanner on July 27, 2018
  • Just started wool applique. I’ve purchased my felted wool so far but will try felting my own someday!

    —MJ on July 27, 2018
  • I have a huge wool stash as I also hook rugs. I buy my wool off the bolt so I have to felt it, but when I hand dyed it’s all ready done for me.

    —marie Beers on July 27, 2018
  • I have a small stash but mostly I buy kits that contain what I need. Usually it comes felted and all ready to stitch.

    —Barb Walsh on July 27, 2018
  • I won a wool Easter kit at my guild meeting. As of yet, I have not been bitten by the wool applique bug.

    —Ann West on July 27, 2018
  • No I don’t have any. I like the wool applique, but I don’t dare start collecting anything else.

    —Phyllis K Menefee on July 27, 2018
  • I do not have a wool stash.

    —Peggy on July 27, 2018
  • I love working with wool. It’s so forgivining. I have a large stash. I’ve shopped at second hand stores and felted at home. I also have wool I’ve purchased online at my favorite shops.

    —Linda S on July 27, 2018
  • my wool stash is leftover wool from making skirts and jackets when i used to make a lot of garments. now i am not interested in garment sewing but only in quilting! i have a few wool applique patterns and would love to start making some of them.

    —sheryl harrison on July 27, 2018
  • Yes i have a tiny little wool stash, i comb the thrift stores for my wool and use old clothing. It is wonderful to work with

    —Gina B on July 27, 2018
  • I tried felting yardage and clothing. I like to purchase prefelted wool for little bits of added color.

    —Cheri on July 27, 2018
  • I purchase my wool and would love to try these patterns.

    kathy on July 27, 2018
  • I have some wool, and get it felted. Need more time for projects but I have some wool projects lined up!

    —Mary Gonzales on July 27, 2018
  • I have garnered wool items at Thrift stores, but still have not had the courage to try and felt them. It isn’t easy these days to even find 100% wool " finds" at thrift stores.

    —Donna Belisle on July 27, 2018
  • I have felted my own (a little)and purchased it. I have a medium size stash and enjoy using it along with cotton pieces in an applique. Mix and match, if you will.

    —M Sue Smith on July 27, 2018
  • I do not have a wool stash, my cotton one is taking over.

    —stephanie Woodward on July 27, 2018
  • I have a scrap stash of wool. Most of the wool I buy is felted, however, I have felted my own.

    Kristie on July 27, 2018
  • I love working with wool, yet need to incorporate more into bags and pouches.

    —Diana DeWitt on July 27, 2018
  • I have bought Both felted and unfelted. Wow wool really shrinks up when you cut wool clothing and blankets! My stash needs to get bigger soon.

    —Valerie on July 27, 2018
  • My stash is felted when purchased.

    —Jean on July 27, 2018
  • I work with wool appliqué . I like to buy my wool already felted. But I have felted it myself usually with success. I have had the occasional mishap.🙂

    —Donna McCormack on July 27, 2018
  • I have a large wool stash. Some of it I have felted myself and some I have purchased felted. I have had good luck with felting myself.

    Lorene on July 27, 2018
  • Always enjoy your offerings and color suggestions

    Ann Mckenzie on July 27, 2018
  • Sometimes I buy felted; sometimes I felt myself.

    —Jane Smith on July 27, 2018
  • I have a small wool stash, part of which I bought felted and the rest I felted myself. Some has felted well, others not so much. Plus, I need more variety in the fabric patterns.

    —Sandy May on July 27, 2018
  • I have some wool project that I want to start. I will purchase the felted wool.

    —Marsha on July 27, 2018
  • No wool stash. I convert wool patterns I like to use cotton.

    —Linda Ahn on July 27, 2018
  • I love the challenge of finding and deconstructing wool garments – but I love hand-dyed wool, too. So, I like both.

    Susan E Lester on July 27, 2018
  • I LOVE wool projects. I buy wool skirts, over day and felt them so they are ready for my next project. And sometimes I purchase wools already felted and ready to go.

    —Lena on July 27, 2018
  • I purchase already felted wool, but also repurpose wool which I felt myself.

    —Carol on July 27, 2018
  • I have a wool stash that somehow has grown out of all control! But I love wool and use it in many projects. I usually buy my wool off the bolt and felt it myself.

    Thank you, Martingale, Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel for sharing the pattern ‘Bag for Sophia’. It’s lovely!

    —Linda B. on July 27, 2018
  • I have lots of wool just love working with it .I buy it both ways.

    —Charlotte on July 27, 2018
  • I received a kit at a technique workshop to make a small cushion. I actually enjoyed the applique process using the wool provided. My stitches were surprisingly very good and I was able to do fine, even stitches. I don’t know why I didn’t go further and create more things. But I certainly enjoyed the finished result on the article I did make.

    —Lynn D'Arcy on July 27, 2018
  • I don’t have a wool stash, but hey, a girl can dream.

    —D A Furr on July 27, 2018
  • I have purchased wool, but just recently got some wool scrap fabric at an auction. I tried felting in the washing machine for the first time. It turned out very good!

    —Sandy Trachsel on July 27, 2018
  • Yes, I have a wool stash. I am working on two wool appliques now. Always have one wool applique to work on between other quilts.

    —Karen on July 28, 2018
  • Oh yes, I have a wool stash. I buy both felted and unfelted. If it is off the bolt, I bring it home and felt it before I add to my stash. Love, love, love wool.

    —Elizabeth Dyer on July 28, 2018
  • I have a pretty large wool stash, bought pre-felted. I enjoy working with wool, it’s a nice change from Newsletter applique.

    —Brenda Sanders on July 28, 2018
  • I have some wool that is left from my "rug hooking days. I have felted some of it and made a few wall hangings.

    —Ruth Spencer on July 28, 2018
  • Hi, I usually buy my wool felted, I have only felted knit projects that I have done. I have a good stash of wool. I need to try felting it myself. Thanks for the tote pattern.

    Barb H. on July 29, 2018

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