*this is the classic paper pattern version; if you need a print-at-home version in A4 sized paper click here; if you need the letter sized version click here*
*join our Red-Hot Mama sew-a-long and make this super-chic bag in time for Mother's Day, starts April 17th!*
...we L-O-V-E this interfacing... ...and we're using fabric from here...
Your go-to bag for everyday, this tote is perfect for medium-heavy firm fabrics like felted wool, denim, canvas, real or faux suede & leather, linen or home-dec fabrics.
Lined tote has front and back snap-shut sections, plus one central zippered section and long handles.
The interior has a *HUGE* choice of zippered and open pockets to keep your keys, laptop, pens, wallet, phone and oh-so-many everyday essentials at your fingertips.
This sanity-saving tote will take you to work, to the gym, on an overnight trip or a shopping jaunt in style, but it’s also fab as a chic accessory for a busy Mom-on-the-go, a frequent-flyer or your favorite, hyper-organized neat-freak!
Choose your interior pocket layout to suit your lifestyle needs, because you’ll want at least one of these roomy beauties to keep your hectic life in check. This gorgeous tote will also make a fantastic gift when you fill one with goodies for a bon-voyage or graduation gift, or a baby shower.
For the tote, you’ll need around 1 yard/92cm of fabric and the same amount in fusible interfacing; to add the suggested pockets on the lining, you’ll also need about 2 yards or 182cm lining.
To complete the tote you’ll need 1 x 28” or 72cm long zipper, ( you can also use 2 x 14” or 35cm zippers if you can’t find a long zipper), plus a 7” or 18cm long zipper for every zippered interior pocket you’d like to have. You’ll also need 2 magnetic purse snaps, 4 purse feet and a piece of plastic tapestry canvas or similar, about 7” or 18cm X 18” or 46cm for the tote base.
I love making bags and this one has a lovely and well thought out design. So many pockets and a place for everything! I used drapery weight fabric and bought the super crisp interfacing recommended. And by golly, it is REALLY crisp, once the bonded resin has cooled. I also bought a really nice riri zipper-by-the-yard and 2 sliders, so I wouldn't have to join 2 zippers. I did make a couple of changes... for the straps I made tabs and used rectangular rings instead of attaching the straps directly to the bag and for the zipper, I didn't lap the fabric over it... I left it exposed. All in all, it was fairly easy to put together, however, when joining the facing loops to the front/back sections, I had to stop and think about it, in spite of watching the videos several times (which I love!). For me it make more sense to clip the seam allowance first, where indicated on the pattern, prior to sewing it, rather than sewing then clipping, as advised in the video. Be warned, however, it is a large bag. I did take it for a test run on a work day, and it just seemed too large. I'll reserve it for a single overnight trip... it'll be the perfect bag for that. I'd recommend this pattern... challenging, but not overly so and a ton of fun to construct.