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Pockets-A-Plenty Tote Bag pattern

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If you like to sew a bag with a good selection of pockets, you will very much fall in love with this bag as it has eleven or more pockets! The Pockets-A-Plenty Tote Bag is the perfect bag for toting to school or work!

But there are not only pockets – you can also choose to sew an optional drawstring top inside the bag too.

This is the kind of pattern where you can really put your own mark on the resulting bag. It would look great in a conservative solid – imagine the whole bag sewn in a navy or a classy grey canvas – perfect. But if you love a riot of color and love to mix your favorite prints, then this purse pattern is also an ideal scrap buster where you can sew all of the pockets and panels in different fabrics and really go to town!

Sizing info:
When you have finished making your own Pockets A Plenty Tote Bag it will measure approximately 13½” by 15½” by 4½”.

The designer has received excellent feedback from her customers who have made her Pockets-A-Plenty Tote Bag. Here are a few examples:

Marcy Schroeder said – LOVE this pattern! Have made three totes so far and people are just loving them!! Thanks!!

Barbara Johnson said – This is a fabulous pattern. Well written and easy to follow. I have been sewing for 50 years, and still was able to learn a new construction technique.

Stephanie said – Very easy pattern. Love the finished bag. I have had many compliments. This is a great size for day trips and I use it for work.

berrykris said – Downloaded this instructions/pattern without issues and made the tote..I absolutely love it!! Plan on making more. The pockets are great and I will be using this as my laptop bag for work!

Janet Sievers said – Very happy with my purchase, an easy transaction, love the pattern. Would highly recommend. Thanks….

What you need to make the Pockets A Plenty Tote Bag:

  • ½ a yard of fabric for the main bag body,
  • A fat quarter, of at least 18″ by 21″, for accent fabric one,
  • A fat quarter, of at least 18″ by 21″, for accent fabric two,
  • ¼ of a yard of fabric for the handle,
  • 1-yard of fabric for the lining and inside pockets,
  • 1¾ of a yard of fusible fleece,
  • 2-yards of Jumbo Rick Rack (optional),
  • ¼ of a yard of fat quarter drawstring closure fabric (optional). This creates a flap that can be drawn up tight to hold contents in.
  • 2-yards of drawstring cord (optional),
  • Assorted buttons ½” through to 1½”,
  • Optional magnetic snap or velcro,
  • Basic sewing supplies,
  • A sewing machine.

If you like this Tote Bag pattern as much as we do then you can add it to your collection by clicking on the link below. This pattern is a PDF version, not a paper pattern.


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