One Yard Totes… with Gnomes!


I think my gnome obsession has officially gotten out of control.


It wasn’t enough that I sewed a cute little gnome tote for our house (free pattern here).

Then a quilt (yup, free pattern for that too).


I had to accidentally find a yard of adorable red gnome fabric in my stash… so I sewed myself two bags from it. (BTW, this fabric is long out of print, but the manufacturer was Arvidssons Textil if you want to search for it.)

Merry Christmas to me, lol!


I already moved all my purse items to the smaller bag and I’m going to use the larger bag for toting gifts to all the get-togethers we have on our schedule.

I guess that means I’m ready, if only all the gifts were!




I used the One Yard Magic pattern that Lecien Fabrics let me share last year. My instructions include step by step photos, plus how to make them a zippered bags!


On a Side Note: did you like my festive flay lay photo at the top of this post? I recently watched a Craftsy Class called ‘Flat Lay Your Life’ and it was awesome. The instructor was so enthusiastic and offered so many helpful tips that I couldn’t wait to try shooting a flat lay photos for myself. That photo above is my first one – and I took it with my iPhone! If you play with photography or want to give flay lay a try, I totally recommend her class.

So, what have you been sewing up this lately? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.



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  1. Quilty Quilty says:

    Oh, this fabric is so cute! I love your bags!
    Fred @ Quiltingpatch

  2. Melissa Greenfield says:

    Love the fabric and the totes. Perfect 😍 Don’t worry. A fun, healthy obsession is good for the sew.😜

  3. Karen Crowder says:

    Love that gnome fabric. I too want to know where you got it.

  4. I love these bags and even the idea of the one-yard patterns for two sizes of totes! I will definitely plan to try these very soon, after making your Tiny Zippered Tote. The Tiny Tote is my first post-Christmas gifts project. I’m about 1/3 finished and cannot wait until it is completely finished Then I want to try the patterns above. Your ideas are so much fun!

  5. Pat Baker says:

    I love this little gnome material! Some CUTE! It inspired me to make little gnome favors for our Christmas dinner table – glass votives covered with fake fur fabric, a wood bead nose and felt hat. I’m filling the votive with candy but it also looks really cute with an led tea lite inside! I can’t figure out how to add the photo!

  6. You’d love the town I live in, it’s gnome/troll themed! We have Tomte days and everything.

  7. I’m sorry, did you say "all the get togethers" you have, during a pandemic?

  8. Leslie J Landis says:

    Can you use that one yard fabric with a directional print? Would half of your gnomes be upside down??

    1. You can, but you’ll have to pay attention to the direction of the print when you are cutting out your pieces. A little more than 1 yard may be required. In this case, my fabric was 44” wide and I cut my large bag rectangles 22”” wide each before cutting out the 3” square corners. So my large bag is just a bit smaller because I only had a yard to work with. If you have a few extra inches of fabric it’s no big deal.

  9. Lara K Trottier says:

    OH my gosh, I love these, I’ve made a full set for my son and his Hot Wheel ID cars (the smaller one for travel) and one larger one for a friend with a grommet and slips inside for crocheting. I did embroider a ball of yarn before assembly. It turned out really cute

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