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The Spectrum Tote

Format PDF (Download Only)
Author Cozy Nest Design
Price $6.99
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Roomy, practical and stylish - The Spectrum Tote has it all! Perfect as a shopping tote, book bag, or just for everyday! The pieced exterior lends itself to a huge variety of looks and is equally lovely quilted or not. Inside you'll find a magnetic snap, a zippered pocket and 2 rounded slip pockets.

Finished size:
18w x 15h (26" with handles) x 4”d
46 x 38 (66 with handles) x 10 cm

Skill Level: Experienced Beginner

This pattern is what I call a Pattern Plus+! In this pdf you will find hyperlinks to online photo tutorials and extras!

33 pages - 10 pages of instructions with illustrations
20 pages of pattern sheets (to be taped together to make full size pattern pieces) Note: Some pieces will be measured and cut
2 pages of cutting labels (can be made into stickers by printing to1 x 2 5/8"mailing labels)
Includes hyperlinks to online photo tutorials for many steps and a bonus project
Imperial and metric measurements included
Easy to understand instructions and illustrations

by J. Duggan
on June 1st, 2015

This pattern takes a long time to make due to all the small pieces. However, the instructions are very detailed and make the process very simple and hassle-free. The end product is lovely and easily customised to whatever colour combinations you can think of.


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Notions & Equipment

1 - 9” (23cm) Zipper
1 - Magnetic snap
18" (46m) - 1/4" (1cm)Fusible web tape (optional)
Heavy-weight needle
Temporary marking pen
Walking foot (if quilting bag-optional, but recommended)
Coordinating thread
Basic sewing and cutting equipment

abrics & Interfacing

Exterior Fabrics: Suggested fabrics: Quilting cotton or light-weight home decor
Primary Fabrics: 5 - 1/4 yard (23cm) cuts - 44"(112cm) wide or 5 fat quarters - for 5 bottom pieces of exterior
1/2 yard (46cm) - 44"(112cm) wide OR 2 fat quarters - for exterior handles

Contrast Fabric: 3/4 yard (69cm) - 44"(112cm) wide- for contrast strips on exterior and binding for handle opening

Lining Fabric: 1 yard (91cm) - 44"(112cm) wide

Pocket Fabric: 11x19" (28x48cm) remnant or 1 fat quarter
Medium-weight Interfacing*: one-sided fusible - 4 1/2 yards (4.11m) - 20”(51cm) wide - for stabilizing exterior quilt -weight cottons
Suggested Interfacing: Shape Flex (SF101) from Pellon

Medium-weight Canvas*: 1 yard (91cm) - 44"(112cm) minimum width - for interlining
Suggested Canvas: Drill canvas (found in the utility fabric section of Joann)

Ultra-firm Stabilizer or Plastic Canvas (optional): 1 - 14 x 4"(36x10cm) piece - to stiffen the bottom of the bag.
Suggested Stabilizer: Peltex (#70 or 71F) by Pellon (a double layer may also be used)

*If you plan to quilt this bag, you only need 2 yards of the medium-weight interfacing. You will also need
2 - 20 x 32"(51x81cm) pieces of fleece, batting or Soft and Stable from byAnnie's. If you use the Soft and Stable, also forgo the medium weight canvas interlining.

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