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POCKETBOOK TOTE KIT
Make your own TOTE - Choose the fabrics you want and
we'll put together a kit with all that you need to make
your own Mama's Pocketbook Tote!
Here is Your Free Sewing Pattern
and Photo Instructions
for my "Pink October" Basic Tote
Even a very simple pattern with only
can be turned into a beautiful tote like this one quick
for Your "Pink October" Tote Bag
This is a very easy, quick project pattern that turns
out a beautiful totebag you can embellish in hundreds
of ways. Use your imagination to make unique gifts and
to use your scrap fabrics and trims to create a new
bag for every mood!
This pattern is completely free, however if you would
like to make a donation to support the Susan G. Komen
For the Cure® foundation you may do so here. 100%
of your donation will be given through Mama's
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STEP 1.- GATHER YOUR MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
- Here's what you will need (Click image to see a larger
Fabric & Interfacing - 1/2 to 3/4 yard each
of two coordinating fabrics for body and a piece of
fabric long enough to cut two straps measuring at
least 25' x 4.5'' for straps.
A coordinate fabric large enough to cut two pockets
measuring 8.5" x 10"
1 yard fusible interfacing (choose medium weight
or apppropriate weight interfacing depending on your
3/4 yard Fusible fleece interfacing if you care
to use it to give your bag more shape and sturdiness.
This is highly recommended.
Notions & Supplies - Scissors for cutting fabric
and for cutting paper pattern, ruler, thread, pins,
chalk to mark seam lines and dots, velcro closure
or magnet closures (optional), brown kraft paper or
other paper to cut pattern pieces from (you can even
use a grocery sack!)
2.- CREATE THE PATTERN PIECES
Make tote body pattern from paper: measure and
cut out a 12" tall by 15" wide rectangle and notch
a 1 & 1/2" square out of each of the bottom corners
as shown above.
Mark the pattern piece as I have in the photo with
dots at the corners where theseam
allowances cross. Make sure to lay the pattern so
that the grain of the fabric runs lengthwise. Mark
your pattern with the grainline.
I recommend 1/2 seams, you may use 5/8 if that is
what you are used to sewing, just be consistent with
all seam allowances.
You may adjust the size of your tote by increasing
the width and height of your pattern piece. For example
if you want your finished tote to be 16" wide
and 13" tall you would cut your pattern as 17"
wide by 14" tall. You can increase the notch
to 2" square, which will result in a 3"
The Finished Size of your tote if you use
1/2" seams WILL BE: 14" wide b 11"
tall with a 2.5" bottom.
The Finished Size of your tote if you use
5/8" seams WILL BE: 13.75" wide b 10.75"
tall with a 2" bottom.
To make the tote strap pattern piece from paper,
measure and cut out a 25" to 29" long by 4.5" wide
To make the pocket pattern piece, measure an 8.5"
wide by 10" tall rectangle. For unlined pocket mark
1.5" foldmark at top of pocket pattern piece and mark
5/8 inch stitching lines on all pattern pieces.
If you wish to make lined pockets, cut your two
pocket pieces measuring 8.5 wide by 8.5 tall.
STEP 3.- CUT OUT YOUR TOTE &
INTERFACINGS - Cut 2 body pattern pieces from each
of two coordinating fabric pieces. 2 for the outer
shell and 2 for the inner shell (lining). Cut 2 strap
pattern pieces and 2 (or 4 for lined pockets) pocket
pattern pieces from desired coordinating fabrics.
Cut 2 body pieces & 2 straps from interfacing.
You may choose to use interfacing on the straps depending
on the weight of your fabric. If the fabric is heavy
enough, it will hold it's shape after the folding
and sewing on the straps is complete without interfacing.
STEP 4.-PREPARE YOUR PIECES -
Fuse interfacing to back side of outer shell body
pieces and pocket pieces with a steam iron according
to fusible interfacing directions.
Mark circles with chalk or a marking pencil on body
pieces at the notched corners and at the top edges
where you want to place the straps
For unlined pockets, turn under 1/4 inch on top
edge of pockets and press, then turn under and additional
1.25" to form pocket facing. Press. turn in on sides
and bottom of pockets 5/8" and press.
To make lined pockets, place pocket pieces with
right sides facing and stitch each of three sides
of the square together. On the 4th side stitch 2 inches
along the sides from each corner, leaving a 4 inch
opening along that side. Reinforce stitching on corners,
turn pocket right side out through the opening left
on one side, push each corner out and press your pocket
to make it a nice flat square. you can choose to handstitch
the opening closed, but I just stitch it down when
I sew the pocket on to the the tote.
STEP 5.- OPTIONS - Before beginning
to sew pieces, if you plan to use velcro or magnetic
closures you will want to sew or attach those to the
lining pieces, being careful to center them and placing
them about 1.5" from top edges. Also if you plan to
add any trim that needs to be sewn to the top edge
so that the edge of the trim is hidden in the seam
allowance you will want to add those embellishments
before sewing the main pieces together.
this tote is not difficult to make, I did put a good
deal of time and energy into creating it as a pattern
with the fewest pieces and with writing clear and complete,
simple to follow instructions for constructing a precision
product that can be personalized in infinite ways. But
because it is such a simple design, it would be silly
to claim a restrictive copyright - I think everyone
should enjoy using it.
that end my design and instructions are free to use
and share, use in a sewing class, or to create gifts,
or to use for fun swaps, if you are "sew"
inclinded, go for it... make and sell your own designs
with my blessings... there's plenty to go around!
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