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The Spectrum Tote sewing pattern offers a roomy, stylish, and fun-to-sew bag that is perfect for shopping, books, or just for every day!

The pieced exterior lends itself to a huge variety of looks and is equally lovely quilted or not! Inside you’ll find a magnetic snap, a zippered pocket, and 2 rounded slip pockets.

Sizing info:
18" (46 cm) wide by 15" (38 cm) high (26" / 66 cm with handles) by 4" (10 cm) deep.


  • One 9" (23 cm) Zipper,
  • One Magnetic snap,
  • 18" of 1/4" fusible web tape,
  • Heavy-weight needle,
  • Temporary marking pen,
  • Walking foot (if quilting the bag- optional),
  • Basic cutting and sewing supplies.

Fabrics & Interfacing

Exterior Fabrics: Suggested fabrics: Quilting cotton or light-weight home decor.

Primary Fabrics:

  • 5 – 1/4 yard (23 cm) cuts – 44"(112 cm) wide or 5 fat quarters – for 5 bottom pieces of exterior,
  • 1/2 yard (46 cm) – 44"(112 cm) wide OR 2 fat quarters – for exterior handles.

Contrast Fabric: 3/4 yard (69 cm) – 44"(112 cm) wide- for contrast strips on exterior and binding for handle opening.

Lining Fabric: 1 yard (91 cm) – 44" (112 cm) wide.

Pocket Fabric: 11" (28 cm) by 19" (48 cm) remnant or 1 fat quarter.

Medium-weight Interfacing*: one-sided fusible – 4 1/2 yards (4.11 m) – 20" (51 cm) wide – for stabilizing exterior quilt -weight cottons. Suggested Interfacing: Shape Flex (SF101) from Pellon.

Medium-weight Canvas*: 1 yard (91 cm) – 44"(112 cm) minimum width – for interlining.

Suggested Canvas: Drill canvas (found in the utility fabric section of Joann).

Ultra-firm Stabilizer or Plastic Canvas (optional): 1 – 14" (36 cm) by 4" (10 cm) piece – to stiffen the bottom of the bag.

Suggested Stabilizer: Peltex (#70 or 71F) by Pellon (a double layer may also be used)

*If you plan to quilt this bag, you only need 2 yards of the medium-weight interfacing. You will also need 2 – 20" (51 cm) by 32" (81 cm) pieces of fleece, batting, or Soft and Stable from by Annie's. If you use the Soft and Stable, also forgo the medium-weight canvas interlining.

The pattern:
The sewing pattern comes with clear, detailed illustrations and 33 pages of instructions, pattern sheets, and cutting labels. Also included are links to online tutorials and even a bonus project.

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