The Totes Ma Tote Bag: A New Cover Look

7/31/2016 08:37:00 PM

The Totes Ma Tote sewing pattern has a fresh new look, with gorgeous new fabric and photos. It's still the same bag pattern, with trendy straps, a zipper opening, and awesome inside pockets.

The Totes Ma Tote pattern is an intermediate pattern, and includes instructions with measurements in both imperial and metric. All of the pattern pieces are rectangular in shape, so cutting instructions are provided to cut all of your pieces with your rotary cutter, ruler, & mat.

The pattern is available in 2 forms:

Aimee from The Little Bird Designs made up this gorgeous sample for my cover, using this Japanese Chrysanthemum fabric by Philip Jacobs, designed for the Kaffe Fassett Collective. Such a beautiful large print, it's like it was made for this tote bag. All fabric were purchased from The Quilter's Bolt. Thank you, Aimee!

The top opening of the bag features an easy to install zipper opening. If zippers are not your thing, you could leave the entire zipper gusset out.

There are 6 purse feet to install in the bag bottom.

Let's take a closer look at those inside pockets!  These are very easy to sew, and once you learn how to use these components, you can add them to other bags too. There is a very large pocket on one side, with a snap closure. Great for an electronic device or pesky bills.

The other side has a zipper pocket to keep items safe and secure and a double slip pocket for your mobile phone, keys, sunglasses or wallet.

Finished Size:

Width at Top: 17” (43 cm)
Width at bottom: 13” (33 cm)
Height: 12” (30 cm)
Depth: 4” (10 cm)

Here is one I made up with leather straps.

If you are wondering where to get hardware kits, complete with buckles, purse feet, snap and 4 strap grommets, we've got hardware kits available on the website in both shiny nickel (silver colour) and antique brass.  Check out the hardware kits! 

Gorgeous photos, Aimee!!

Hop over to the pattern details in the shop to see exactly how much fabric and supplies are needed. It's all listed there for you.

Before I sign off, I've got another gorgeous Totes Ma Tote I'd like to show you. Veronica from sewVery made this one a while back and featured it on her AWESOME sewing blog. It's so beautiful, I have to share it again!

Thank you for reading! Please make sure you share your Totes Ma Tote bag photos in our Facebook Group, or hashtag #emmalinepatterns, #emmalinebags & #emmalinehardware on instagram

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Thank you, Janelle

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  1. Thanks for sharing my Totes Ma Tote, Janelle! I gave it to a relative and always kind of wish I had kept it! I have no idea if she has ever used it. I'm sure I have some similar Echino fabric that I should use to make one for myself! I need a new bag. Thx again!

    1. I am glad you found this post! I was going to share it with you, but you beat me to it. I love this bag… you can make me one while you are at it. lol

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