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The Wanderlust Tote Bag

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This smart tote bag purse has ingenious hidden strap ends that make it so neat. A large zipper pocket outside, slip pockets inside and a magnetic snap to close.


The Wanderlust tote is designed to be quick and fun to sew. It’s a great bag for everyday use and is designed to fit an MS Surface sized laptop. It has “hidden” handle ends, a front zip pocket and triple slip pocket inside. It has a unique hourglass shape and can be constructed in two ways: slouchy or sturdy.

It’s suitable for confident beginners and requires very little hardware. The pattern uses some unique techniques, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills.

Triple internal slip pocket
External zip pocket
“Hidden” handle ends
Unique hourglass shape
Printable labels sheet so you can keep track of your pattern pieces

Finished size:
approx. 16” tall x 11” wide x 3” deep

Skill level: Confident beginner

There is also a free video tutorial for the bag available.

FABRIC & INTERFACING/STABILISER (measurements suitable for directional fabrics)
Exterior fabric (canvas/waxed cotton/fabric weight 7oz-200gsm+) 18” (0.5m)
Contrast fabric (quilting weight cotton) 15” (0.4m)
Lining fabric (quilting weight cotton) 22” (0.6m)
Medium woven interfacing (Vilene G700/Pellon SF101) 44” (1.1m)
Medium non-woven interfacing: 11” (0.3m)
Sew-in foam stabiliser (Bosal/Style Vil/Soft & Stable) 14” x 3”
Optional for a sturdier finish: Medium loft fleece (Vilene H640/Legacy L987F/Pellon 987F): 16” x 35”

Supplies measurements are based on 44” wide fabric & 35” wide interfacing.

16” no.5 zip (match to exterior/contrast fabric)
1 x magnetic snap

The pattern:
You will receive a 20+ page photo pattern with clear, easy to follow steps and a complete cutting chart for the pattern pieces.
You’ll also receive a separate printable pattern in both A4 & US Letter sizes. I’ve made this available for those of you who prefer to print rather than using the cutting chart.

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


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