Mallory Hill designed this Pinwheel Tote bag pattern for our January/February 2019 issue of Love of Quilting, which features seven quilts that play with pinwheels.
And, oh my gosh, this little quilted bag turned out to be so adorable, everyone just wanted to sew it right up! The pinwheel quilt block she incorporated into the little backpack’s design is not only three dimensional, but it’s also split to make a pocket!
Just tell me, who can possibly resist that?
Not Annette Falvo, technical editor for the Quilting Company. While working on the pattern, she sewed a sample bag. Where Mallory’s quilted bag used a floral collection (Sunnyside Up Collection by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics), Annette says, “We unearthed some ‘up-ROAR-ious’ fun when we discovered the Dino-Glow collection by Kanvas Studio for Benartex Fabrics. During the daylight, these cheery dinos can be found making tracks in their natural habitat. After the lights go down, the glow-in-the-dark bones and geo stones come to life!”
As far as bag patterns go, this little quilted backpack is the perfect size for a pint-sized paleontologist to take adventuring.
It’s also the perfect size for a stylish lunch tote.
Sara Gallegos, host of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting was so enamored with the patchwork tote, that she chose to showcase it on episode 3308 (the 3300 series begins airing in 2019; check your local listings!).
Mallory’s version is lined with PUL (polyurethane laminate). PUL is a laminated fabric, which makes it resistant to liquids and spills, which is ideal for lining lunch bags.
Sara liked the idea of a lunch tote, but she took a different tack with the lining. She chose to line her bag with Insul Bright, which is a needle-punched lining that a metallic polyester film that helps insulate, making it ideal for keeping lunches warm or cold.
Each bag is so different, and yet each is as cute as can be. You might find yourself making different versions of the design—a lunch tote for everyday of the week, perhaps?