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The Motherload Tote

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Author Cozy Nest Design
Price $6.99
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She's the mother of all bags, the Motherload Tote! Like you, this mom can go from daycare to dance class, and the beach to the ballpark without skipping a beat or leaving anything behind!

Here are her features:
-Optional extended handles can carry a yoga mat, beach towel or picnic blanket below the bag and tightened up in d-rings when not in use.
- An exterior accessory d-ring offers a convenient place to hang keys, sunglasses, gym membership card, or just for a bit of bling.
-very large exterior zipped pocket
- 2 roomy, separate interior compartments that are easily customize to your needs. For example, if you carry wet swimsuits, stitch one up in a laminated fabric.
- Between the interior compartments is a pleated, zipped pocket and a water bottle sling - mom's got to stay hydrated!
- An optional luggage strap will keep your Motherload Tote firmly attached to the handle of pull-style luggage

See a whole bunch of Motherload Totes in the gallery on my website at:

What's in the pattern:
-23 pages (12 pages of instructions, 10 pages of pattern sheets**, 2 pages of cutting labels)
-a thoroughly tested design given the thumbs up by my amazing test team
- links to online tutorials for the trickier bits
- metric and imperial measurements
-quality line drawings and concise, detailed instructions
**rectangle shaped pattern pieces are measured out based on dimensions

Sizing / Finished Measurements: 21 x 13 x 5 1/2" (53x33x14cm)

by B. Williams
on August 17th, 2018

I love this download. You can make it easily in a short time. Many different innovations can be easily added, too. Make it in any color you want, make several so you can have one in the wash and use another!

by Topsy Turvy Diaper Cake
on June 14th, 2018

My purse turned out great!!! I wish I would have made the handle with fusible fleace instead of the recommended interfacing. It's thin for such a big bag.

by T. Barnett
on August 12th, 2015

Just finished my tote bag and love it! I was worried about using a downloaded pattern as I have had problems before however this was a great pattern and instructions were easy to follow. I made mine with thermo-insulate and quilt batting so I can use as a lunch tote for work. I used ripstop nylon for lining to make easy cleanup for spills.


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Main: 1 1/8 yards* (44"wide) for exterior Suggested: light to medium weight home decor or quilt weight cotton
Contrast: 1 1/2 yards* (44" wide) for handles and lining Suggested: light to medium weight home decor or quilt weight cotton
Fusible Fleece: 5/8 yard (45" wide) Suggested: Pellon Fusible Thermolam(r) Plus (TP971F) or for a firmer bag, use 2 layers of fleece, Soft & Stable(r) from byAnnie, Pellon FlexFoam(r)(FF-77) or headliner. Note: If you are using a foam stabilizer that is 20" wide, buy 1 1/4 yards
Medium-Weight Interfacing: 3 1/2 yards (20" wide). Suggested: Pellon Soft-Flex(r) (SF101) or for a crisper bag and handles use Pellon Craft-Fuse(r) (#808).

1 - All-purpose or heavy weight zipper - 22"(56cm) or longer for top closure
1- All-purpose zipper 8"(20cm) or longer for interior pocket
1 - All purpose zipper 18"(46cm) or longer for exterior pocket
D-rings or rectangles - to fit 1" (2.5cm) wide handles. 9 - for extended handle design or 1- for unextended handle design
Heavy-weight needle
Temporary marking pen
Wonder Tape or similar two-sided fusible product (optional)
5 1/2 x 14 1/2"(14x37cm) -piece of plastic canvas for bag bottom (optional)
Option: Use uncovered nylon webbing instead of fabric handles, buy 4 1/4 yards - 1"(2.5cm) wide webbing
Option: Make a luggage strap to secure your bag to the handle of pull-style luggage (for extended handles only) - purchase 2 swivel hooks-to fit 1"(2.5cm) wide strap

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