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The Evolution Bag

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$9.00 $6.75

The ideal tote bag pattern for those learning to sew bags for the first time. This simple tote bag comes in three levels of difficulty, to suit your growing sewing skills. For the more advanced sewer, it forms the basis for you to add on any number of your own variations.


The Evolution Bag starts out as the simplest tote bag with just a lining, boxed corners and handles. And you can stop there, or you can evolve it one step further and add some lined slip pockets. And stop there, or you can keep evolving and add some zipper pockets. Or mix and match. Or add just zipper pockets. The choice is yours and this pattern gives you everything that you need to know. Once you have finished this bag you will have learned some of the most essential skills needed to make any bag on the planet. This is the best value pattern!

Pattern Features:

  • Bag 1 – simply a bag with boxed corners, lining and optional hardware.
  • Bag 2 – add lined slip pockets to the basic pattern.
  • Bag 3 – dial in some easy zipper box pockets and add these to the basic pattern.

Finished size:
9” wide by 14” long by 4” deep.

Skill level:
If you are a confident beginner sewist with some general skills under your belt, but you REALLY want to get into bag making, this is the pattern for you! You can start small and end big and all with the same pattern!

Materials needed:

  • ½ yard of waxed cotton or oilcloth for the outer (for each of the 3 generation bags),
  • ½ yard of cotton fabric for the lining (for the first and second generation bags),
  • ¾ yard of cotton fabric for the lining (for the third generation bag),
  • ½ yard of style-vil foam interfacing (Vlieseline),
  • Fat eighth S320 fusible interfacing (Vlieseline) – for the second and third generation bags only,
  • One metal stud closure (optional) for the first generation bag. Two metal stud closures for the second and third generation bags. 
  • One 5 ½” metal zipper for the front of the third generation bag,
  • One 6 ½” plastic zipper for the lining of the third generation bag. You can easily shorten these so don’t worry if you cannot find the exact fit.
  • 52” 1 ½” wide webbing for all three bags.

The pattern:
This is a cut and measure pattern so no worries about printer scaling. All you need is a ruler, rotary cutter and mat and you are good to go!
The pattern includes links where there are some really detailed and full-colour tutorials on how to box the corners of the bag and also how to install the zipper box pockets. You are not on your own!

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.

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