Courthouse Steps Tote

I am so excited to share my new tote with you today! I’m especially proud of this project because I haven’t done a lot of sewing lately, and I made up the pattern as I went along.

front of courthouse steps tote

I started out making a courthouse steps block using a color palette of bright blues and greens. I was originally inspired by my friend Michelle’s block. I was planning to just make this one block and turn it into a mini quilt. At this point the block measured about 13-3/4″ wide by 12-3/4″ high.

courthouse steps quilt block

Then I remembered the fun Melting Snowball Tote by Anna Maria Horner, which is a tote constructed around an 18″ quilt block. That further inspired me to turn my single quilt block into a tote. I used velveteen fabric for the back and voile for the lining and inside of the straps.

back of courthouse steps tote lining of courthouse steps tote

I am determined to start using more of my stash more this year, so this was a great project for that.


Solids: Kona.
Prints: mostly from the True Colors collection.
Lining: voile from the Little Folks collection.
Backing and Straps: velveteen from the Loulouthi collection.
Batting: in my stash.
Notions: thread, magnetic snap.

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