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Wendi Gratz on craftsy.com
high in the mountains of North Carolina

I'm on a mission to teach people to sew, quilt, and embroider. I design patterns especially for beginners and I never release a pattern until I have videos teaching you every skill you'll need to ...

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Toothy Tote Bag

from Shiny Happy World
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Toothy Tote Bag
Toothy Tote Bag
Toothy Tote Bag
Toothy Tote Bag
Toothy Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • simple sewing

Pattern Description:

Does ANYONE have kids who don't gather things (rocks, leaves, bits of "interesting" trash from parking lots, etc.) everywhere they go? I designed this bag especially for outdoor exploring. It has a screen bottom to let the sand and dirt fall out (and hopefully stay outside). It has a zippered front opening and a permanently-closed top - easy to drop treasures into the bag and almost impossible for them to spill out accidentally. It has big googly eyes - just for fun. My daughter is CRAZY about this bag - and that makes me very, very happy. :-)

This is a good pattern for advanced beginners. The sewing is all straight lines, but the corners get a bit fussy - especially if you're using oilcloth. It's not difficult - but it does take some patience.

The pattern has loads of step-by-step photos and links to videos teaching you all the skills you'll need to complete the project. I also give you a heads-up about the tricky bits so you know to slow down and take a deep breath for those parts. :-)

Expect to spend a few hours on this project. A fun few hours.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 10 inches tall x 8 inches wide x 5 inches deep


  • 1/3 yard oilcloth or other waterproof fabric
  • 7 inch white plastic zipper
  • scrap of fiberglass window screen
  • 1 yard 1 inch wide nylon strapping
  • scraps of white fabric
  • 5/8 inch black button
  • 7/8 inch black button