Free Tote Bag Pattern

On monday of this week I taught my first sewing class.  As I told you in a previous post it was a beginners class designed to introduce sewists to bag making and sewing in general.

Well,  I am soooo happy to say that it was a hit and great fun.  It was the first sewing class taught in the new classroom of my local sewing shop.  There were a few equipment hiccups – like no power extension cord or power boards or jug to fill the iron!!  However, thanks to the lovely student, Lyn (who had packed these sewing essentials!) we got started.

To celebrate the success of this, my first class, I have decided to make the pdf pattern free to all who may decide to give it a try.

I have listed this bag as a free pattern in my Craftsy store.  If you have an account with Craftsy simply click on the photo and you will go straight to the pattern.  If you don’t have an account it is very easy and free to sign up.  You can then download the free pdf pattern.

The bag is very easy to make and the pattern (like all my patterns) is supported by photographs for each step of production.  This pattern can be simply modified to give it many and individual looks – just change the trim, add panels of colour in different places or add a button or zip.  However, I think the fabric makes the bag!

Thank you to my lovely students, Lyn and Bev, who allowed me to share some action shots with you.

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ….


Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....



  1. Well done on such a successful first class!!

    Great tote bags too!

  2. Thank You…This is sooo cute!! Can never have enough totes!!

  3. Thanks so much, Karen; tote bags are great. Glad your class went well.

  4. I was told I needed to learn how to sew and I guess if I knew how to sew I could make me that owl blanket and purse that I want huh?

    would love for you to check me out.

    i’m not much of a crafty or creative person tho.

  5. Glad your first class went well! Thank you for the pattern, it is really cute :)

  6. Very cute bag – I just might have to try it!

  7. Cute bag, I love the fabric. Visiting from the Crafty Soiree.

  8. I love craftsy and your tote bag is very lovely.

  9. So cute! Can you ever have too many tote bags? I don’t think so!

  10. Great tote. Love the fabrics.

  11. Your bags turned out so cute! Thank you for sharing on The Crafty Blog Stalker. I have featured you this week and it will be posted later tonight! I would love for you to stop by to grab a feature button and wear it on your blog proudly! You deserve it! Click here to get to your feature!

  12. What cute bags and a great pattern! Thank you for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday, I’ll be featuring you at the party tomorrow. Hope you’ll join us again.:)

  13. Oh my gosh I love the fabric you chose! The bags are so cute! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  14. Well done on teaching your first sewing class, Karen!!! Looks like a great tote for a beginner, or anyone for that matter. Love the fabric you’ve used!!!


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