📹 Take your totes to the next level: sewing box-bag corners with Gail Pan (video)

Cinnamon Delights BagWhether you’re a beginning bag maker or you’ve made a billion bags over the years, we think you’re going to love today’s video tip!

Four-time Martingale author Gail Pan is known for her charming embroidery designs that feature all of her favorite things: home, family, the changing seasons, and nature. She always has helpful sewing tips to share in her books and whenever we catch up with her at Quilt Market (see more of Gail’s how-to videos here, here, and here). She recently showed us a simple way to elevate your handmade totes and bags by sewing boxed corners, which makes for a wider, sturdier bag bottom that will sit flat. The technique is so easy, there’s only one seam involved! Check out her tip below:


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Who knew sewing bags with boxed corners was so simple? Now that you know Gail’s approach, you’ve arrived at the fun part: choosing a bag to make! May we suggest:

Pretty Floral Tote
Pretty Floral Tote from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

Happily Ever After Sewing Bag
Happily Ever After Sewing Bag from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery

Bunny Delights Bag
Bunny Delights Bag from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

Redwork Tote
Redwork Tote from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery

See all of Gail’s beautifully embroidered bags, quilts, and more in her “Patchwork Loves Embroidery” series and in her upcoming book Changing Seasons—coming this April!

Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too Patchwork Loves Embroidery Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery Changing Seasons

Are you big on making bags?

  • I’ve yet to make a bag, but Gail’s boxing technique makes construction look easy.
  • I’ve got a few handmade bags under my belt.
  • I’ve made so many bags, I use my bags to hold all of my bags!

Tell us in the comments!


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