The Fleetwood Tote Bag has some excellent features as follows:
A top zippered closure,
Pockets inside and out (one zippered pocket on the outside and slip pockets on the outside and inside),
Beautifully finished (bound) edges
a quilted finish for strength and style.
We love how the straight cut binding around the top of the bag can be used as a feature (it looks amazing with stripes) or use the same fabric to have it blend in and disappear.
Sizing information: When you have finished making your very own Fleetwood Tote Bag it will measure approximately 12″ wide at the bottom, 16″ wide at the top, 13″ tall, and 5″ deep.
Skill level: Although none of the steps are particularly difficult, the pattern is quite involved and is geared toward the intermediate or advanced sewer.
What’s needed to make a Fleetwood Tote Bag:
1 yard of main fabric,
1 yard of accent fabric,
1 yard of lining fabric,
A 36″ by 36″ piece of foam stabilizer or batting. A foam stabilizer (such as Soft and Stable or Pellon Flex Foam) will provide more structure and a sturdier shape than Batting. Batting will create a tote with a looser structure, less bulk, and easier to fold for storage,