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shopper tote bag

$ 6.00

This is a PDF SEWING PATTERN that is available for immediate download, NOT a finished product! The PDF is 16 pages long, and includes step-by-step directions with pictures, preparation & construction tips, plus the pattern itself.

the shopper tote bag
This pattern is for a medium sized tote bag, designed to help you out at the library, farmer's market, or errand running. A perfect way to carry all your stuff in a stylish way!


finished dimensions
The shopper tote bag stands 12.5" tall and 11" wide, with a 4" wide gusseted bottom. View A has a single self-strap and flap, view B has double straps of cotton webbing.


skill level
The shopper is a perfect beginner sewing project, but satisfying for more experienced sewers as well. The pattern is very easily adaptable to make larger or smaller tote bags, and lends itself nicely to surface embellishments and customized straps.


suggested fabrics
Medium to heavyweight denim, corduroy, canvas, duck cloth or upholstery fabric are perfect for the body ("self"), and for the self strap and flap on view A (the second photo). For the straps on view B (the third photo), use medium to heavyweight cotton or nylon webbing, 1" to 2" wide. Self fabric or any medium to lightweight woven fabrics are perfect for the lining, and any woven print (like quilting cotton) is great for the accent on the flap for view A. Avoid fabrics that are sheer, stretchy, knit, drapey, slippery, lightweight, or with pile like velvet or faux fur.


materials needed

  • 1 yard of self fabric and 1/2 yard of lining fabric for both views
  • 1/2 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing for view A (I like Pellon brand Shape-Flex SF 101)
  • 1/4 yard of accent fabric for flap on view A
  • 3.5 yards of cotton or nylon webbing at least 1" wide for view B
  • basic sewing supplies

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Sewing patterns by Valerie Williams under the label Holland Cox, The Syndicate, or handmade classics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, and are for personal use only.

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