Jenny Doan & Crafty Gemini Improv Tote Bag Tutorial

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I’m so excited to share this news with you today!

Many of you know that last month I flew to Hamilton, MO to film a few tutorials with the amazing Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company. Well, today is the day one of the tutorials goes LIVE!

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Isn’t it cute?!

In this video tutorial  I teach Jenny how to make my Improv Tote Bag. I had a great time working on this project with Jenny and we shared lots of laughs.  You gotta watch this video! This is Part 1 of the Improv Tote tutorial after the video ends you will see a place to click to watch Part 2 of the tutorial (it will be up at midnight tonight). To make sure you don’t miss out on it go ahead and subscribe to the MSQC YouTube channel by clicking HERE. 

<s>The materials you need for this tote bag project can be purchased directly from Missouri Star Quilt Co right HERE.  Just scroll down to see the list of materials.</s>

It seems my project is quite popular with quilters! MSQC and pretty much every other vendor of the foam interfacing I used is SOLD OUT. Sorry! Here is a link to where I usually buy mine. Keep checking back. They should have more in stock soon!


{You can also click the image below to watch it. }

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38 Responses to Jenny Doan & Crafty Gemini Improv Tote Bag Tutorial

  1. Becki January 23, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    How cool! Two of my favorite people in one video! Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you and visit M^QC!!!!

    • kathryn frederick January 23, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      wow I agree also two of my favorite.

  2. Angie January 23, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    i can’t see part 2

    This video is private.

    Sorry about that.

  3. Adriana January 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Oh how cool! This is great that you got to visit and meet with Jenny Doan! Love the tote, too, btw! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Sharon January 24, 2015 at 4:13 am #

    Another beautiful project and easy to follow tutorial! (Love Jenny’s channel too!). I am excited about this new product and going to definitely make one (a few 😉 ) of these. Smaller, quilt-as-you-go projects really fit in my busy schedule…thanks Vanessa & Jenny!

  5. Ingrid January 24, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Excelente tutorial. Lo disfruté mucho. Se ve que se divirtieron mucho. Gracias por inspirarnos. Un abrazo desde Venezuela!

  6. ZAKIYYAH TANZIL January 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    I adore how you, Crafty Gemini & Jenny Dogan frm Missouri Quilt Company have joined together, two lovely Crafty Geminis creating, I, myself is a Crafty Gemini too, May 22, so to have you both on the same projects is definitely a great treat for me. I’m looking forward to the next collaboration with you BOTH. Thank you so much.

  7. Elaine January 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    How wonderful to go to MSQC and make a project with Jenny!

  8. Deborah January 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    I loved seeing my 2 favorite’s working together!! I cant wait to get some of this foam !! Thanks Vanessa and Jenny !!!

  9. Mary Baldassar January 25, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    I watched your new video with Jenny Doan and it was great. This bag is on my todo list for sure.You two were a hoot.

  10. Pam Trinckes January 25, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    When will the foam be available

  11. Eileen De Ville January 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Just the best idea for next Christmas gifts. I better get started by June in order to complete my list. So much easier then ones I have attempted in the past. Five stars!

  12. Janice Stewart January 28, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    I saw the videos, makes me want to get the foam.

    Two people I follow the most were in one place!

  13. April R February 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    How cool! Two of my favorite craftsy gals finally together. I bet it was a riot. 🙂

  14. Richard Gumsley February 7, 2015 at 4:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing this with us! Some really amazing features.

  15. Nicole February 10, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    Does it have to be double sided fusible in-r-form? I bough a few and need more. I can’t seem to find it anywhere! All sold out due to this amazing tutorial I am sure.

  16. Marilyn February 10, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    I watched the videos and loved them! You made me laugh out loud when you ripped the lining of the bag! It appears that you had a fantastic experience with Jenny! I made a tote using this great product and it turned out fantastic! I made it for my dog groomer. The fabrics were from the bandanna’s that she put on my pups! Thank you once again for a great, instructional video!

  17. Mary February 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    I tried this today using soft & stable I had on hand…. I thought I had watched the tutorial wrong but she out the first piece in the middle of one half of the foam… When you get to the end, you just have stripes… I guess I’m confused?

    • Laurene February 24, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Mary, I had chevrons on the front but strips on the back. I started with a square on the front, placed at an angle. Don’t know how it went wrong but it still looks OK. Did mine in green, Christmas fabrics.

      • Mary February 24, 2015 at 10:33 am #

        Thanks Laurene… I don’t think it’s wrong :-); not sure how else it would turn out. I see a lot of pictures of the fronts of these totes but not the backs and wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing something wrong!

  18. Sue March 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    **wonderful** tutorials, especially w/Jenny at the MQ. How great that 2 of thee best ouitlers are together making tutorials. Thanks & bring on more techniques using these methods!

  19. Mary March 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    I just received my in-r-form plus today…. so I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. I have just one question….. since this is double-sided fusible can you fuse the fabric to just one side? I can’t access the video at work and it just has me wondering if I missed something. Thanks!

  20. Andrea April 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    What a wonderful tutorial! Planning to snag some In-R-Form to make a few bags myself! 🙂

  21. Cheryll April 5, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    I had trouble with this. It started out easy but then I kept having raw edges so I don’t know what I did wrong

    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson April 5, 2015 at 7:52 am #

      If you’re getting raw edges your seam allowance isn’t wide enough to catch both layers of fabric. Widen up the seam allowance and you should be fine.

  22. Debbie June 25, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Could you please tell me if there is a written pattern for this bag. I am unable to watch videos due to a medical condition 🙁

  23. Gae Nocella August 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    I watched the tutorial on the Improv Tote and made 2. It was fun to make and I have enough In R Foam to make 2 more. I really enjoy watching Jenny and Vanessa and will continue to watch more.

  24. Candace August 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    I loved making this bag and have gotten so many compliments on it! I had to make my own strips (bc I’m too impatient to order a jelly roll, but I Loooove it!

  25. Carolyn Baner October 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    Love your improv bag (and so much of what you do!). I loved the additional straight line quilting and did that on the bag I made. I was careful to make my seam allowances the same for the quilted piece and the lining but the lining seemed to be a little big. Could this be because of the additional quilting? Getting ready to make another so thought I’d ask. Thanks for all you do and sure.

  26. Katie November 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    I recently saw the tutorial with the bag using the Mimosa line of Jelly Roll from Wyndham fabrics and I LOVE those colors, but I cannot find a jelly roll by that name with those colors. Has it been discontinued??? Hope not!

  27. Linda January 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    Both of you ladies rock!!!! I love this bag!!!! Keep up the videos, you explain everything completely and it’s fun to see you both working together! Jenny Doan is one of my top fav teacher and Vanessa, the more I see, the more I like. Thank you both!!!!

  28. andrea February 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    can you do a tutorial to make a bigger one for a diaper bag please? LOVE these!

  29. Geraldine Schafer May 30, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    This is such a great project and because these ladies worked together to explain how to do it, it was fabulous!


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