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There is no end to the use of Tote Bags, and this one in particular features an outer slip pocket, two more slip pockets and a zipper box pocket inside with an easy to install top zipper to keep everything safe. The designer uses her Saratoga Tote Bag as her everyday bag, although it could be perfect for holding her knitting needles and wool for projects on the go.

Finished Size:
11 ½” high by 14” wide by 6” deep.

Skill level:
Confident beginner with some knowledge assumed.
Additionally, there are several tutorials linked to this pattern to show you how to complete some tasks in more detail. The idea is to simplify bag making so that someone with confidence and a few skills can make something really lovely.

Suggested Fabrics:
Quilting weight cotton, denim, canvas, furnishing fabrics, linen, needlecord.

Materials needed:

  • ¾ of a yard of canvas or similar weight fabric,
  • ¾ of a yard of lining fabric,
  • ¾ of a yard of foam interfacing. The designer uses Style-vil by Vlieseline,
  • One fat quarter of S320 fusible interfacing (Vlieseline),
  • One 19” zipper for the main top zipper. The designer says - sometimes it is difficult to get a specific size like this. There are two options open to you. Either use a continuous zipper as I have or buy the next largest size and cut it down. This works very well with a heavy-duty zip which often has a very clunky stopper. Cut this off and put the tab over the end,
  • One 7” plastic zipper to coordinate with your lining for the internal zipper box pocket,
  • One metal stud for the front pocket. The designer says - the colour of the stud needs to match your zipper teeth as closely as possible- mixing gold and silver doesn’t look great,
  • A piece of cotton webbing 2 ½ yards by 1 ½” wide to coordinate with the outer canvas,
  • 35” of 3/8” cotton cord,
  • A small scrap of ribbon or similar to decorate the front slip pocket (optional),
  • Basic sewing supplies,
  • A sewing machine.

The pattern:
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.