The Spectrum Tote sewing pattern offers a roomy, stylish, and fun-to-sew bag that is perfect for shopping, books, or just for every day!
The pieced exterior lends itself to a huge variety of looks and is equally lovely quilted or not! Inside you’ll find a magnetic snap, a zippered pocket, and 2 rounded slip pockets.
18″ (46 cm) wide by 15″ (38 cm) high (26″ / 26 cm with handles) by 4″ (10 cm) deep.
- One 9″ (23 cm) Zipper,
- One Magnetic snap,
- 18″ of 1/4″ fusible web tape,
- Heavy-weight needle,
- Temporary marking pen,
- Walking foot (if quilting the bag- optional),
- Basic cutting and sewing supplies.
Fabrics & Interfacing
Exterior Fabrics: Suggested fabrics: Quilting cotton or light-weight home decor.
- 5 – 1/4 yard (23 cm) cuts – 44″(112 cm) wide or 5 fat quarters – for 5 bottom pieces of exterior,
- 1/2 yard (46 cm) – 44″(112 cm) wide OR 2 fat quarters – for exterior handles.
Contrast Fabric: 3/4 yard (69 cm) – 44″(112 cm) wide- for contrast strips on exterior and binding for handle opening.
Lining Fabric: 1 yard (91 cm) – 44″ (112 cm) wide.
Pocket Fabric: 11″ (28 cm) by 19″ (48 cm) remnant or 1 fat quarter.
Medium-weight Interfacing*: one-sided fusible – 4 1/2 yards (4.11 m) – 20″ (51 cm) wide – for stabilizing exterior quilt -weight cottons. Suggested Interfacing: Shape Flex (SF101) from Pellon.
Medium-weight Canvas*: 1 yard (91 cm) – 44″(112 cm) minimum width – for interlining.
Suggested Canvas: Drill canvas (found in the utility fabric section of Joann).
Ultra-firm Stabilizer or Plastic Canvas (optional): 1 – 14″ (36 cm) by 4″ (10 cm) piece – to stiffen the bottom of the bag.
Suggested Stabilizer: Peltex (#70 or 71F) by Pellon (a double layer may also be used)
*If you plan to quilt this bag, you only need 2 yards of the medium-weight interfacing. You will also need 2 – 20″ (51 cm) by 32″ (81 cm) pieces of fleece, batting, or Soft and Stable from by Annie’s. If you use the Soft and Stable, also forgo the medium-weight canvas interlining.
The sewing pattern comes with clear, detailed illustrations and 33 pages of instructions, pattern sheets, and cutting labels. Also included are links to online tutorials and even a bonus project.
Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.