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La Boheme Tote

La Boheme is a fabulous tote and provides you with lots of options to add embellishments! The quilted central panel is great just quilted and it's also the perfect place to add your favorite handwork details such as beading and embroidery. The La Boheme Tote is made using 44" wide quilting cotton in my Celestial and Glow prints from my 'Hapi' collection for Rowan. This Tote can be best made using any print with a focal design for the Exterior, Flange and Side Panels. Choose from two Handle styles: Fabric Straps embellished with optional ribbon, or Leather Straps made from repurposed leather belts. Instructions for optional beading techniques are included. Have fun creating your masterpiece! - Love, Amy

Finished Dimensions: 16 1/2" wide x 14" tall (excluding Strap)

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The yardage given is for a one-way design.  Please allow extra yardage for matching or centering a design on your fabric.


La Boheme Tote

Fabrics Required

(44" wide quilting cotton)

Fabric Yardage

Focal Print for the Center Panel & Flange

1 1/8 yards

Print for Side Panel

1/3 yard

Lining Print

5/8 yard

Bias Strip

1/2 yard

Fabric Straps (optional)

1/2 yard



  • 1 1/8 yard of 20” wide fusible woven interfacing – (I use Shape Flex® SF-101 from Pellon®)
  • 1/2 yard 44” wide muslin
  • 1/2 yard 45” wide fusible fleece – (I use Fusible Fleece 987F from Pellon®)
  • 1 pkg 36” x 45” extra-loft batting – (I use Poly-Fil Extra Loft® Quilt Batting from Fairfield®)
  • 2 7/8 yards 5/8” wide ribbon - (I use my ribbons from
  • 1 spool of transparent thread
  • 1 spool of coordinating all-purpose thread
  • 1 hand-sewing needle
  • An assortment of 2-3 mm beads to cover the select areas of your Focal Design (optional)
  • 1 beading needle (optional)




Fabric Straps

  • 1 3/4 yards 5/8” wide ribbon
  • 1/8 yard 45" wide fusible fleece

Note:  There will be enough fusible woven interfacing from the 1 1/8 yards above for the Fabric Straps


Leather Straps

  • 2 leather belt straps – 3/4" wide x 29” long x 1/8” thick or one 1 1/2" wide x 1/8” wide thick leather belt, split lengthwise using a Strap Cutter (available at
  • 1 spool of Carpet/Upholstery thread
  • Nail and hammer
  • Curved hand-sewing needle – for sewing leather straps
  • Craft knife or scissors



  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth
  • Fabric marking pen/pencil
  • Transparent tape
  • Turning tool (such as a closed pair of scissors)
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Measuring tape or ruler                 
  • Seam ripper
  • Large safety pins
  • Rotary mat, ruler and rotary cutter (optional) 
  • Machine Quilting Foot (for your sewing machine) 
  • Walking Foot (for your sewing machine)
  • Tracing paper and tracing wheel