Have you ever wanted to sew up a handbag but weren’t sure where to begin? Then we’ve got a real treat in store for you today!

Sandy Lueth, the designer behind Totes by Sandy, recently whipped up several versions of her popular Janet’s Tote pattern using new Timeless Treasures collections. Learn essential bag-making tips and techniques as Sandy shows us several versions of the bag, all presented in different stages of their creation.

Watch the video below, or on youtube here.


Check out some of the fun bags you’ll see along the way!

emily with bag
Nouveau Rouge by Alice Kennedy (modeled by Emily, Timeless customer service rep)

doodle bag

tonga celebrate bag
Tonga Celebrate with accents from Tonga Neptune

Did you know that Sandy is also a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor? That incredible quilt hanging behind her in the video is Misty Mountain Pond.
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At Spring Market earlier this year, we debuted a version of that same quilt, made entirely from Tonga Batiks. (See a photo of it hanging in our booth here.)
Check out the fabric & yardage requirements on our website here, or click the photo below.
Misty Mountain Pond

Once you make your first Janet Tote, we know you’ll be hooked. Go ahead and try Sandy’s Judy Niemeyer variation of the Janet Tote!

napa bag

back of star tote

star close-up
Close-up of back

For this version, Sandy used the new Tonga Napa collection and various assorted Tonga Batiks. More information on this pattern option can be found on the Totes by Sandy website here.

Happy sewing, and thank you Sandy for sharing these helpful tips with us!

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