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This great Shopping Tote zips up to almost nothing and then fits into your handbag. This fun-to-make bag has a little zipper pocket for trolley tokens or coins. Keep one in the glove compartment in the car for when you run into the shops on the way home from work.

Finished Size:
Closed size = 4” wide by 6” long.
Fully open size = 14” wide by 15 ½” deep.

Skill level:
Intermediate with some knowledge assumed. This is not a difficult pattern but there are parts which can be a bit fiddly. The designer has linked a blog post masterclass to help you with one of the techniques.

Recommended Fabrics:
Lightweight cotton fabric. The thinner the better this time because we need something that will fold up to nearly nothing. But do always opt for cotton even though some of the poly-cottons or polyesters seem thinner. Cotton always gives a better result and lasts longer. If you have been sewing for a while and have some ninja skills, you could also experiment with rip-stop nylon and similar fabrics.

Materials needed:

  • 30” thin cotton fabric for the outer,
  • 24” coordinating thin cotton fabric for the lining,
  • F8th Decovil I Light
  • F8th fusible wadding
  • One 22” plastic main zipper,
  • One 3” plastic zipper for the coin pocket,
  • Something to decorate the zipper pulls. The designer used black and white baker’s twine.

The pattern:
When you purchase this pattern you get 10 pages of detailed instructions with photos to help you on your way. This is a measure and cut pattern which means that you don’t have any templates (pattern pieces) to print off and match up- Yay! You need a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat, and you can cut the pattern pieces straight from the fabric. This is easier than it sounds because the pieces are all simple squares and rectangles. You can transfer the cutting measurements to paper to create your own paper template/pattern piece if you prefer to use them.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.