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I'm a mom of two young girls and a clothing and accessories pattern designer! I love to design useful, beautiful items to wear and use. :) I grew up with a love for art and crafting, and minored in ...

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Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets
Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets
Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets
Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets
Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets
Ruffled tote bag and basket with pockets

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Use a sewing machine
  • Sew through thick layers

Pattern Description:

This tote is great for an Easter basket and more! I designed it to fit my daughter's Barbie dolls and their clothes and accessories (there is one long interior pocket for clothes, and a divided pocket for shoes and accessories). This tote is also perfect for carrying knitting, crocheting and hand-sewing projects and supplies, plus magazines, patterns and files. It's great in a nursery for diapers and creams.

This pattern contains cutting instructions but no pattern pieces. Your machine (and you!) should be able to handle sewing through thick layers. This is a great pattern for a confident beginner with some sewing experience under her belt, primarily because of the layers - otherwise, all steps are explained and easy enough to follow for a new sewist.

This e-book contains 21 pages and more than 60 photographs that show all the steps for making this tote. There are two handle styles included - center handles for a tote, or side handles for a basket.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 13" wide x 9" high x 5" deep


  • 1/2 to 1 1/4 yards of 44" wide fabric (depending on if you have an all-over print or if you want to fussy cut a center design)
  • 1 yard of 44" wide fabric for lining and pockets
  • 3/4 yard of ultra firm, one-sided fusible interfacing
  • 1/2 yard of medium loft fusible fleece
  • 1 yard of 1/4" elastic
  • Alligator clips or binder clips
  • Fabric glue
  • Water-soluble or air-erasable marking pen
  • Jeans sewing needle (90/14)
  • Sewing machine
  • Regular sewing notions and supplies

You Will Also Need:

  • Walking foot is recommended, but optional
  • Small amount of fusible web is optional
  • Long ruler, rotary mat and cutter is recommended but optional