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Collegiate Tote Bag pattern

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This great-looking Collegiate Tote Bag was specifically designed to carry whatever you need, even if you are a busy person and that’s a lot you need to carry every day.

We think this bag is the perfect take-to-work bag or it could even be adapted as a diaper bag for stylish moms with the addition of the right sort of pockets added to the lining.

The Collegiate Tote Bag has the following features:

  • Two gusseted pockets for lots of carrying space
  • A detachable and adjustable strap to wear the bag on your shoulder or cross body
  • A recessed zipper top
  • A sturdy base insert for strength and stability

When you have finished making the Collegiate Tote Bag it will measure approximately 13″ high by 12″ wide by 5″ deep.

The pattern includes fourteen pages where some must be taped together to create the full-size pattern piece.

What you will need to make the Collegiate Tote Bag

  • ½ yard of main exterior fabric
  • 1/3 yard of contrast fabric
  • ½ yard of strap and handle fabric
  • ¾ yard of lining fabric
  • 2 yards of 20″ wide Pellon SF101 shape flex interfacing. If using home decor weight or canvas fabric for the strap & handle fabric then only 1 5/8 yards are needed
  • 3/8 yard of By Annies Soft & Stable foam interfacing
  • Two sets of press snaps, like Dritz heavy duty size 24 or Dritz 12mm mini anorak
  • Two 1″ rectangular sliders
  • Two 1″ D rings
  • Two swivel clasps able to accommodate a 1″ strap
  • One 12″ zipper
  • One 12″ by 4¾” piece of heavy-duty template plastic, mat board, or other thin, sturdy material
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • A sewing machine.
The Collegiate Tote Bag was designed to carry whatever you need.  This fabulous tote features two gusseted pockets, a detachable, adjustable strap, recessed zipper, and a sturdy base insert.

The designer has suggested that the fabrics that are used are home dec weight cotton/linen canvas, or quilting cotton. If you use home dec weight or canvas fabric, the designer suggests you skip the interfacing on the handles, strap and strap loops as it will be difficult to sew through the layers. The yardage mentioned above is based on 42″ wide fabric.

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