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The Library Tote - An Envelope Bottom Bag


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This envelope bottom tote bag is loosely based on a tote bag that my local library sells; the design is sturdy and easily adapted to any situation. In children’s fabrics; it is a fun library tote for kids; in subtle canvas or cork, it is a great library tote for adults. The large tote is great for the beach, a picnic or grocery shopping. You can leave it unlined with no pockets for an extra quick sew, or line the tote and add exterior and interior pockets for extra functionality. Interfacing is optional, and notes are included to help you decide what will work best for you! This pattern is intended for confident beginners. It is not the simplest tote, but I have added extra pictures, definitions and explanations of steps to make it as clear as possible for a person very new to sewing. If you have a question about what a term means, I have included a page of definitions for techniques and sewing notions you may not be familiar with. As a sewing teacher, my goal is to create patterns that teach new skills and anticipate the questions you may have as a beginning sewist. As an added bonus, this bag pattern has options for small, medium and large. Finished Bag Size: Small: 16.5”W x 10.5” H x 3”D Medium: 18”W x 14”H x 3”D Large: 20”W x 14”H x 4.5”D Fabric Options Exterior: Heavier fabrics such as home dec fabric, denim, waxed or blended canvas, cotton duck canvas, etc. are recommended. If using light or midweight fabric like quilting cotton, interfacing is recommended. You can also use a fabric wax (like Otter Wax) to add durability and stability or Vinyl Fuse (More information on these choices included in pattern). Fabric Options Lining: Quilting cotton or other lightweight woven. Supplies Recommended: SF101 Interfacing Fusible Fleece (optional) Thread Fabric pen or pencil (or regular pencil) Cutting mat Square cutting or Quilter’s ruler (6 x 12” is a good size) Rotary cutter Iron with steam (or a spray mist bottle) Wonderclips and pins Fresh needle for your sewing machine

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I am a sewing and quilting teacher based in Ohio. I specialize in patterns that help beginner sewists learn new techniques, with plenty of pictures, definitions and tips to guide you through the process. My goal with my patterns is to have it be as informative as taking a class!