Monday 2 February 2015

The Everyday Tote Bag

Hi everyone!

I have some exciting news...I have been busily working on a secret project that is finally able to be shared!

Drum roll please...

I have written a pattern...

For a tote bag - yep I did, and it is pretty awesome :)

It's not just any tote bag though...this is "The Everyday Tote Bag"

This everyday tote has been created using Cotton + Steel fabrics

The Everyday Tote Bag is a great day bag with a large main pocket that has a magnetic snap closure. 

The bag also has many pockets to keep everything in their place; it has 2 zip pockets (one large – external – and one small – internal) and a divided slip pocket for your phone or keys. 

The finished size of the Everyday Tote Bag measures approximately 11” tall x 13” wide x 3 1/2” deep (28cm x 33cm x 9cm). If you include the drop of the handles, the hight of the bag is 22” tall (56cm).

As this was my 1st pattern, I made sure to get it tested thoroughly.   I had many testers, and here are their versions of the Everyday Tote Bag:

Melisa from Melisa Jane, made 2 beautiful versions.  Melisa also likes her shoulder straps to be soft, so she added some fusible fleece (1 1/2" x length of strap)  to the straps on her versions. (Melisa can also be found on IG)

Danielle from Paisley Avenue, made this beautiful version using Arizona fabrics. Danille can also be found on IG.

Kristina from Harley Barley Designs has made 2 everyday totes and wants to make more :D

Katie made this beautiful everyday tote.

Jacquie from Pebble Lane Studio, made this fun summer version.  I love the applique she added to the interior slip pocket! You can also find Jacquie on IG.

Liz from Moments, made this gorgeous version...It traveled with her to her scrapbooking group later that night :)  (Pssst....If you keep an eye on Liz's blog there just might be a giveaway happening over there soon!) 

Jessica from XOJessica made this beautiful version. Jessica can also be found on Facebook.

Maria can be found here and on Pinterest.
And Maria wanted you all to know what she thought of the bag..."I looooove the bag.  It's perfect for my needs: not too big, not too small. Also love the method you use to sew the slip pocket, so simple and so fast!"

Amy from Ladybugs and Daisy Chains made this beautiful bag...I have those arrows in blue in my stash, maybe I need to make another ;)  Amy can also be found on IG, Facebook and twitter. (Pssst....If you keep an eye on Amy's blog there just might be a giveaway happening over there soon!)

Anna used some very cool fabric for the bottom of one of her bag's, it looks like a weaved basket (top right)!  And who doesn't love Hello Kitty?!

Simone made her test bag for her son and she turned it into a library bag for him! The cat in the hat is a favourite in this house, so I'm sure he will love it!

Lindsey used some beautiful fabric for the base of her bag.  She also chose to add a strip of pink to the top as well - I think it looks great :)

Deidre made this beautiful version :)  I love the purple!

Merja just finished her bag only moments ago...and isn't it lovely :)

And if you are worried about how much will fit in this bag...don't!  My testers have filled their bags to the brim!

If you what to make your own Everyday Tote Bag, you can purchase the pattern from my shopEtsy or Craftsy.

I can't wait to see all your bags made with my pattern very soon!


  1. I absolutely love it Emma - off to purchase x

  2. Beautiful pattern! I love the outside pocket. So practical. It's great to see so many versions of your pattern, as it shows the many possibilities. :-)

  3. Congratulations on writing the pattern for that great bag, Emma! Your testers sure did a wonderful job of showing off some real beauties. It's nice to see all the pockets and features of this everyday bag. Nice work!

  4. I love the bag. It looks very practical. Congratulations on your first pattern!

  5. Love it, great work, you've inspired me to try one of my own!

  6. Congrats on writing your first pattern, Emma. The style of the bag is fabulous, especially with the outside pocket.

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