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The Terrific Travel Tote

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The Terrific Travel Tote

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing skills

Pattern Description:

This roomy carryall features a zip-top panel that drops down inside when you just need an open-top tote for at-home errands. The tote folds flat so you can pack it in the bottom of your suitcase, then use it to pack your travel treasures for your return home.

Fabric choices include lightweight outerwear fabrics, already-quilted fabric, or even tapestry for a dressier look. Dress it down for men; use a pretty print for women.

The straps warp all the way around and under the bottom panel, making the tote a strong bag to load to the limit. It's the perfect carry-on, sized to fit in the overhead compartment.

One outside pocket features a zipper for a handy and secure place to tuck your boarding pass and IDs while you wait at the checkout counter. Other outside pockets hold small items for your trip and an inside zipped pocket is safe and accessible storage for meds, change, keys, and cosmetics.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Open with zipper panel dropped inside: 15" (w) x 13" (T) x 6" (D)
  • Zipped with zipper panel up: 15" (W) x 16" (T) x 6" (D)


  • Basic sewing tools; see pattern for fabric requirements.

You Will Also Need:

  • Webbing for straps
  • Zippers for inside and outside pockets

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I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. ...

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