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My name is Helen Newton and I am based in Cheshire in the UK. Fabric is my passion and I love to create beautiful yet practical items from designer and vintage fabrics. Lilly*Blossom was formed in ...

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Reversible Tied Tote Bag

from Lilly*Blossom
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Reversible Tied Tote Bag
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cut simple rectangles of fabric
  • Stitch straight seams
  • attach interfacing
  • topstitch

Pattern Description:

As featured in 'Bags Beads & Brooches' magazine June 2012 UK

I designed this reversible tote bag to carry all your basic essentials for work, shopping or leisure. Just the right size for a magazine and lunch or picnics on the beach. I love to coordinate two fabrics and being reversible means you get two looks in one bag.

It would make a wonderful handmade gift for someone special filled with craft accessories, gardening gloves & seeds or knitting needles, pattern and yarn.

The finished bag measures approximately 13" wide by 11" high excluding the handles. It has an optional gusset base and easy to make ties for closure (no difficult zips)

As with all my PDF sewing guides the instructions are written in simple to follow language and are illustrated with lots of close up photographs.

You will also need some basic sewing equipment such as pins, scissors, tape measure, thimble, iron and fabric marker or tailors' chalk.

I have used a good quality cotton fabric for the designs shown but you could also use velvet, denim, wool and most medium weight fabrics.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 13" wide by 11" high excluding the handles


  • For the outside of the bag & handles - 1/2m of 1m wide fabric (1/2 yard of 36" wide fabric)
  • For the inside lining and ties - 1/2m of 1m wide contrasting fabric (1/2 yard of 36" wide fabric.
  • 1/2 m (1/2yd) of medium weight iron-on interfacing or fusible fleece.
  • Matching thread.

You Will Also Need:

  • basic sewing equipment including fabric marker, pins, tape measure, iron

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