Honeycomb Tote Bag

Tote 2

Show off the paper piecing skills with this stylish and modern color blocked tote designed by Jennifer Mathis, Ellisonlane.com


Coats Dual Duty Paper Piecing Thread, Color 8030

Coats Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread, color 8030

Print fabric (FreeSpirit Acacia by Tula Pink), 1 yard

Free Spirit Designer Essential Solids, (CSFSESS.BERRY)  Plum Fabric, ½ yard

Free Spirit Solids, (CSFSESS.SPGOLD) Spark Gold Fabric, 1 Fat Quarter

Free Spirit Solids,(CSFESS.PETUN)  Fuchsia (pink) Fabric, 1 Fat Quarter

Pellon Fusible Fleece, ½ yard

Pellon Shape Flex, ½ yard



Honeycomb Paper Piecing Template (print 4)

Rotary Cutting Supplies


Washable Fabric Glue Stick

Add-A-Quarter Ruler (optional)

Honeycomb Paper Piecing Template

* Use a ¼” seam allowance unless stated otherwise.

* For a video tutorial on Beginner’s Paper Piecing, please see Ellison Lane (http://ellisonlane.com/2013/08/beginningpaperpiecing.html)


*Tip: There is some fabric waste with paper piecing but it is worth it to get the sharp points and intricate designs that would be difficult otherwise. Once you become more adept at paper piecing, you may find you are able to use smaller pieces of fabric to cover each section.



  1. Print 4 copies of the Honeycomb Paper Piecing Template. Print at 100%.
  2. To make the 4 Honeycomb blocks, cut the following fabrics:

Plum (16) 3” x 3”

Pink (16) “3 x 2”

Gold (8) 2.5” x 3.5”

Gold (8) 3” x 5.5”

White (16) 3” x 4.5”


  1. Label the pattern with words denoting the colors for each section. Place a dab of glue stick on the back side of the pattern, over the #1 section.
  2. Hold the pattern up to the light or a window with the plum fabric behind the pattern, centered over section #1. Place the fabric wrong side together with the pattern. Make sure that the fabric covers all of section #1 including a ¼” seam allowance.Section 1
  1. Placing the plum fabric face down on the mat, fold the pattern on the line between 1 & 2. Line up the ruler along the fold and trim off the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.


  1. Lay the pink corner fabric underneath the center fabric, lining it up with the corner seam allowance. Make sure the pink fabric covers the pattern with enough overhang to have a 1/4″ seam allowance when you flip it over section #2. With the fabric underneath the paper, sew the pieces together through the paper using a 1.5 stitch length.   Sew along the solid line, starting and stopping just at the seam allowance, but not into the seam allowance. Do not backstitch.HC3


  1. Press the fabric then flip the pink fabric over the corner of the pattern. Press again.


  1. Repeat steps 4 – 7 for pattern sections 3 and 4 then 5-7.
  2. Continue working in number order and complete sections 8-13 following the same steps outlined in #4 – #6 above.


10.Once the block is finished, press and place the pattern fabric side down on the cutting mat. Use a rotary cutter to trim along the dashed line, keeping the seam allowance in tact.


11.Repeat 3 times for a total of 4 blocks.

12. Place 2 blocks, right sides together and sew along the short side with a 2.0 stitch length. Press seam open. Repeat for remaining blocks.

13. Place each row, right sides together and sew with a 2.0 stitch length along the long side. Press the seam open.



14. Holding on to the stitches at each end seam, gently tear away the papers. Once the papers are off, press again.


*Tip: If you are unsure that the seams will match, sew the blocks together with a basting stitch (4.5 stitch length), check the block then resew with a 2.0 stitch length. The basting stitches are much easier to unpick if need be.

15. Cut the following fabrics for the rest of the bag:

Plum (2) 1.5” x 9.5”

Plum (2) 1.5” x 14.5”

Pink (2) 3” x 14.5”

Plum (2) 5.5” x 18.5”

Pattern (3) 14.5” x 16.5”

Shape Flex (2) 13.5” x 15.5”

Fusible Fleece (2) 13.5” x 15.5”

Fusible Fleece (2) 1” x 17.5”

16. Sew each A piece to the left and right sides of the block panel. Press seams open.

17. Sew each B piece to the top and bottom of the block panel. Press seams open.

18. Sew each C piece to the top and bottom of the panel. Press seams open.

19. Fuse a G piece to the wrong side of the pieced front panel, according to manufacturer directions. The Fusible Fleece should be ½” shorter than the panel on all sides. Fuse the remaining G piece to the wrong side of one E piece. Set those aside.

20. Fuse an F piece to the wrong side of a E piece. Repeat. This will be the lining.

21. To make the handles, fold a D piece in half, lengthwise and crease along the fold. Open the fabric and fold each lengthwise raw edge toward the center crease. Press the folds.


  1. Open the fabric and there will now be 4 channels. Using an H piece, fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric along the center of one of the interior channels.


  1. Fold the fabric lengthwise again along the creases toward the center create then in half again, encasing the raw edges. Set the stitch length to 2.8 or 3.0 and topstitch along all sides of the handle about 1/8th from the edge. The short ends of the handle remain raw and will be hidden from view during the completion of the bag.
  2. Repeat steps 20-22 for the second handle. Set aside.


  1. Place two E pieces with the Shape Flex interfacing, right sides together and pin. Sew along both sides and across the bottom with a 5/8ths seam allowance leaving the top open. Fold down the top edge ½” and press. Clip the bottom corners, taking care not to clip the stitches and set aside.


  1. Place the outer pieced panel and the remaining piece E (with the Fusible Fleece) right sides together. Pin and sew along both sides and across the bottom with a ½” seam allowance. Fold down the top edge ½” and press. Clip the bottom corners.


  1. Turn the outer fabric right side out and insert the lining fabric into the bag. Shimmy the lining into place and match side seams. Pin the top edges together.
  2. Tuck the handles between the layers 2.5” in from each side and 1.5” down into the bag. Pin.


  1. Topstitch around the opening of the bag, starting and stopping at the side seam. Backstitching at the beginning and end to secure.

Printable Pattern: CS0138_HoneyCombTote Instructions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *