Make this pretty tote bag in the stripwork option with ruffle trim, or save a bit of time and use just one fabric and piping for a simpler effect. ABOUT THIS PROJECT: These very easy instructions are great for those with intermediate sewing skills. There are instructions for two different types of interior pockets - a simple patch pocket or a hidden zipper pocket for more advanced sew-ers. A button with elastic loop closure or magnetic snap closure keep everything secure. Choose between three different strap lengths - short for a handbag style, medium (as shown) for a standard tote bag, and long for a cross-body bag. Cutting instructions are included; all the pieces are easy to measure rectangles with no printing required. REQUIRED MATERIALS: *IF MAKING THE STRIPWORK STYLE TOTE: 1/3 yard of at least 2 and up to 12 different fabrics, depending on the look you prefer. (If making from scraps, the strips should measure 11" tall x 6" wide.) OR *IF MAKING THE TOTE WITH ONE FOCUS FABRIC: 2/3 yard exterior focus fabric For both styles of tote, you will also need: 1/2 yard coordinating fabric for exterior top, bottom, and outside straps (bottom-weight fabrics such as denim, canvas duck, corduroy, etc, will work best. Quilting cottons will work fine, but will need an extra 1/2 yard fusible fleece interfacing.) 3/4 yard coordinating fabric* for lining & inside straps 1/3 yard fabric* for interior pockets (optional) 1/4 yard fabric* for ruffles (optional) OR 1 yard of piping or pre-ruffled trim (also optional) 2/3 yard fusible fleece interfacing (I like Pellon brand 987F) at least 40" wide 1/3 yard lightweight fusible interfacing 6" of 1/4" wide elastic** 1 button measuring between 1 1/2" to 2"** (a button with a shank will work best for this project) erasable marker or pencil 1 safety pin (to pull the elastic through the casing) 12" zipper (optional - if making the zipper pocket) * Suitable fabrics include quilting cottons, calico or other lightweight wovens. This fabric will be gathered, so heavyweight fabrics will be more difficult to work with. ** If you prefer to use a magnetic snap closure instead of a button & loop closure, omit the elastic and button and purchase a magnetic snap instead. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY The pattern involves gathering. At least basic sewing skills required. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished dimensions are 11" tall (at the bottom of the scoop) x 15" wide x 4" deep.