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Aivilo Scoop Tote

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Author Aivilo Charlotte Designs
Price $8.00
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Make this pretty tote bag in the stripwork option with ruffle trim, or save a bit of time and use just one fabric and piping for a simpler effect.


These very easy instructions are great for those with intermediate sewing skills. There are instructions for two different types of interior pockets - a simple patch pocket or a hidden zipper pocket for more advanced sew-ers. A button with elastic loop closure or magnetic snap closure keep everything secure. Choose between three different strap lengths - short for a handbag style, medium (as shown) for a standard tote bag, and long for a cross-body bag.

Finished dimensions are 11" tall (at the bottom of the scoop) x 15" wide x 4" deep.

by Sharpe, Donna
on July 31st, 2013

Very nice!

by Stevenson, Kate
on November 9th, 2012

Great pattern. Simple and easy to understand instructions. I used up some scraps and made one for myself and one as a gift.


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• *IF MAKING THE STRIPWORK STYLE TOTE: 1/3 yard of at least 2 and up to 12 different
fabrics, depending on the look you prefer. (If making from scraps, the strips should
measure 11” tall x 6” wide.)
• *IF MAKING THE TOTE WITH ONE FOCUS FABRIC: 2/3 yard exterior focus fabric
For both styles of tote, you will also need:
• ½ yard coordinating fabric for exterior top, bottom, and outside straps (bottom-weight
fabrics such as denim, canvas duck, corduroy, etc, will work best. Quilting cottons will
work fine, but will need an extra ½ yard fusible fleece interfacing.)
• ¾ yard coordinating fabric* for lining & inside straps
• 1/3 yard fabric* for interior pockets (optional)
• ¼ yard fabric* for ruffles (optional) OR 1 yard of piping or pre-ruffled trim (also optional)
• 2/3 yard fusible fleece interfacing (I like Pellon brand 987F) at least 40” wide
• 1/3 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
• 6” of ¼” wide elastic**
• 1 button measuring between 1 ½” to 2”** (a button with a shank will work best for this
• erasable marker or pencil
• 1 safety pin (to pull the elastic through the casing)
• 12” zipper (optional – if making the zipper pocket)

* Suitable fabrics include quilting cottons, calico or other lightweight wovens. This fabric
will be gathered, so heavyweight fabrics will be more difficult to work with.

** If you prefer to use a magnetic snap closure instead of a button & loop closure, omit
the elastic and button and purchase a magnetic snap instead.

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