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Case Study: Tailored Totes

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Author Scientific Seamstress
Price $5.00
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The Case Study series revolves around a container design that is sturdy, yet soft. With a padded core and simple cuboid shape, the architecture lends itself to a number of storage and transport applications. The straightforward construction process involves basic sewing and crafting techniques. A number of looks from clean utilitarian to boutique designer are possible depending on fabric and embellishment choices.

The Tailored Tote is a stylish, functional, durable means of toting items galore, including:

Art supplies
Beach gear
Baby items
Wrapped Food and beverages
Sewing/Knitting supplies
General purse stuff

The interior structure makes the bag stand upright, even when empty. With lots of exterior and interior pocket options (including divided pockets for crayons, pencils, and pens), you can truly tailor this bag to your specific needs.

Patterns and instructions are included to make 16”w x 10”h bags with handbag and shoulder bag strap options.


-Light to medium weight fabric
-Heavyweight fusible interfacing
-6mm Craft Foam
-Magnetic Fastener Set for the closure (optional)
-Fabric marking pen/pencil
-Regular glue Stick
-Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
-Cutting implements for fabric and foam

*Note: These are downloadable instructions and patterns for making a tote. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.

by Sharpe, Donna
on July 31st, 2013

Very educational. Highly recommend!

by Hailes, Monica
on September 1st, 2012

Brilliant pattern. Highly detailed, loads of can't go wrong! One of my favourite patterns :)

by Lori, Speck
on July 25th, 2012

This pattern isn't hard, but you have to pay attention to what you're doing. It's a little bit bulky with all of the layers of foam and fleece, but it turns out pretty darned cute.

by Zingelmann, Audra
on April 8th, 2012

Great tote to make. Good, clear instructions. Great to embroider on.


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