Inner Secrets Tote Bag Pattern
This stylish tote bag has a secret or two. The bag is practical for toting everything to sewing class, trade shows, or as the perfect carry-on for traveling. The Inner Secrets Tote Bag Pattern features an inner zippered pocket that separates the two outer pockets. The pattern also includes a front pocket – perfect for magazines and two side pockets – great for water bottles and umbrellas. The quilting on the fabric allows you to carry a tablet or laptop without risk of damage.
The tote can be made from almost any fabric that can be quilted. The outer pocket is the perfect place to use a border fabric or the bra and corset appliqué designed especially for the tote bag. We could not resist adding a bra and corset! Alternate constructions we have seen use a quilt block, embroidery design and bead work. This is not the usual pattern you would expect to find from Bra-Makers Supply. However, it the most useful bag we have seen in a long time.
The Inner Secrets Tote bag Pattern features many pockets and hide-aways for important “stuff”. For example: a magazine pocket on the front decorative panels, a passport pocket inside the hidden zippered pocket, a business card holder which could also hold an Ipod, two side pockets, which could be used for an umbrella, a water bottle, or sunglasses. On the back there is a luggage sleeve, making it easy to slip the bag over a suitcase for hands-free travelling. In fact, instructions are included for making this tote into a knapsack!
Our customers and students who have made this bag tell us it is the right size for travelling. The convertible knapsack option is a welcome feature when your hands are occupied elsewhere.
1.1 m (1.25 yd) of cotton quilter’s fabric for the Main fabric, which could be a solid colour.
1.1 m (1.25 yd) of cotton quilter’s fabric to co-ordinate with the main fabric for the Lining and the Contrasting trim on the pockets and binding
.6 m (⅝ yd) of either main or lining fabric (or a third fabric) for the feature pocket, the side pockets and the inside pockets
Small bits of fabrics for the bra and corset applique design included in the pattern.
A 12″ x 12″ (30 x 30 cm) piece of fusible web such as Steam-a-seam, if doing the applique design
1 m (1.1 yd) of fusible fleece or flannel 45″ wide
1 nylon dress zipper 30 cm (12″) long
Thread to match or co-ordinate
The finished dimensions of the tote are 12″x 14″ x 5″ (30.5 cm x 35.5 cm x 12.7 cm)