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The handle of this tote is braided using the super-cool "mystery plait" technique used in traditional leather crafting. I've adapted it to make in fabric so that the handle emerges seamlessly from the body of the tote, giving a unique designer look & satisfyingly thick, strong handle. The base has a pleated detail to give a soft, up-to-date shape.

The tote is fully lined with an internal pocket & is a great practical everyday size (see image above for the finished dimensions). This design would suit medium to heavyweight cotton, canvas, linen, denim, etc.

Please note measurements are written in centimetres only (not inches).

Sizing info: See image

Materials needed:

-Medium to heavyweight fabric for exterior & facing: 1.25m length of fabric (120 -140 cm wide off the roll)

-fusible (iron-on) medium -heavyweight interfacing approx. 80 x 70 cm.

-medium to heavyweight fabric for lining, approx. 50cm length of fabric (120 -140 cm wide off the roll). NOTE: choosing a lining which is not too lightweight will help add structure to the tote.

-Sewing machine needle suitable for sewing heavy weight fabrics, plus the usual sewing supplies

You will receive:

-1 Instruction file with 7 pages of clear step-by-step instructions with photographs and drawings. The instructions assume some basic sewing experience but are highly detailed & can be followed by a confident beginner.

-2 accurate, computer-drawn Pattern files. 1 file is sized for printing on A4 (210 x 297 mm) paper, the other for printing on US Letter (8.5" x 11") size. YOU ONLY NEED TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT ONE. The pattern can be printed on your home printer at 100% scale, taped together & cut.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern.