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Betz White has built a career on thoughtful design, skilled craftsmanship and a focus on Earth-friendly materials. She is a graduate in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati, a former ...

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Smile and Wave Tote Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Smile and Wave Tote Bag
Smile and Wave Tote Bag
Smile and Wave Tote Bag
Smile and Wave Tote Bag
Smile and Wave Tote Bag
Smile and Wave Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You are familiar with your sewing machine and have taken a sewing class or have learned to sew from a book or video. You have successfully sewn a few small projects and are ready to learn more.

Pattern Description:

The Smile and Wave Tote is both good-looking and user friendly. The Large tote is roomy enough to carry everything you'll need for a day of surf and sun. It's got a wide open top with sturdy shoulder straps. Inside there's three slip pockets for easy access plus one zippered pocket to hold keys or money. The two roomy outer pockets each have a magnetic snap closure. The Small tote includes all of the same great details and is perfect to tote your personal items.

My printable PDF instructions include color photographs, detailed diagrams, glossary and all the assembly directions you'll need to make the Large and Small Smile and Wave Tote. PDF pattern includes a special coloring page for you to play and experiment with fabric choices.

All images and patterns copyright 2014, Betz White Productions, LLC. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal and limited commercial use for one purchaser only. Not to be used for mass production.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Large: 21" top opening, 8" x 13" base, 25" high including handles.
  • Small: 16 1/2" top opening, 6" x 10 1/2" base, 19" high including handles.


  • Main: 1 1/2 yard 45" wide canvas or home dec weight fabric
  • Accent (bag base, facings, handles): 2/3 yard 45" wide light to mid weight fabric
  • Lining: 1 2/3 yard 45" wide light weight fabric
  • Fusible fleece (or batting): 2/3 yard 45" wide (like Pellon Thermolam Plus)
  • Interfacing: 2 yards 20" wide or 1 yard 45" wide (cotton woven, such as SF101)
  • 7" zipper
  • 2 magnetic snaps 1/2" diameter {3rd snap optional, for Small}

You Will Also Need:

  • Coordinating thread
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Chopstick or point turning tool
  • Pattern or tracing paper
  • Clear tape
  • Optional: spray starch