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Tandunn on craftsy.com
Melbourne, Australia

I have always been interested in 'doing' something.

When I was little I received a toy sewing machine with a winding handle. It only sewed chain stitch but I made lots of teddy clothes with it. ...

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Large (or any size) Patchwork Tote Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Large (or any size) Patchwork Tote Bag
Large (or any size) Patchwork Tote Bag
Large (or any size) Patchwork Tote Bag
Large (or any size) Patchwork Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should be a confident sewer or an adventurous beginner. Basic patchwork skills (matching squares - can't get any more basic than that).

Pattern Description:

I made this bag - MY VERY FIRST EVER BAG - and I LOVE it. I use it for EVERYTHING from an overnight stay, weekend away, baby nappy bag, throwing craft stuff together etc etc etc. I had extra squares left over - I am new to patchwork so I ALWAYS cut more of everything - therefore I thought "why not make another to match and write up the pattern in the process.

This is a very basic pattern - it can be adapted to any size, type of bag you want to make.

Make a book bag for your children, make one for a baby shower and fill it with essentials, a shopping bag to throw your purse, phone and car keys in for a quick trip, a lunch bag for your hubby even - WHY NOT???

I also made a smaller version of this and I would be lost without it!!! I love picking it up and throwing the basics in it for that quick trip to the shops.

I hope this pattern is easy to read and follow - would love some feedback.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • I am an Aussie so everything is in metric. The side of each bag measures 72cm x 53cm. That is if you use the patchwork example or if you just do a plain base colour. These measurements are the same for the lining and the stiffening. Extra fabric required for the handles, button loop and the inner pockets.


  • You will need a sewing machine, and iron for pressing (very important!), any fabric from your stash for a scrappy bag, fabric for lining and some stiffener (not essential but worth the extra effort)

You Will Also Need:

  • A large button - looks good on this big bag. Thread and any whimsy you want to add - make it your own!!!!