Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

(39 customer reviews)

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  • Practical, wonderful, and easy to make tote bag
  • Serves as a handbag, market bag, bits and bobs bag, beach bag, book bag, and sewing bag – any bag!
  • An excellent scrap buster
  • Includes an internal zip pocket, external pocked, and key hook
  • Fully-lined
  • Suitable for woven fabrics
  • Perfect for beginner sewistas
  • Pattern pieces and full tutorials with step-by-step instructions
  • Sized 9.5 x 13.5 x 3 inches
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This simply lovely and supremely practical tote bag sewing pattern is a fantastic carry all! It’s large enough to be used as a handbag, market bag, bits and bobs bag, beach bag, book bag, and sewing bag, but not too large that it is bulky and hard to carry.

Even better? It has two pockets! One external pocket for those must-be-easy-to-reach items, and one internal zip-close pocket for the keep-safe goodies (I obviously mean, chocolate!). Plus, there’s an optional key chain so your keys are in easy reach, but still secure!

Make it up in a beautiful navy and white striped fabric, add swimming togs, sunscreen and towel and head to the beach! Or make it up in a faux leather and you have yourself a beautiful, smart work bag. Add embroidery and other bedazzling and embellishments to make this bag uniquely yours! Think Felt Flowers and/ or the Scarf Cuff & Purse Charm.

The Details:

Gallery – See images from Instagram below. Or view our full tester galleries on our Facebook page here: Tote Bag

Skill Level – Beginner

Sizes – Pattern is sized 9.5 x 13.5 x 3 inches. See the size chart in the gallery above.

Options – External pocket, internal zip-up pocket, and key chain

Ideas – Use a lush, delicious faux leather and pad the lining to make a laptop bag built to last.

Fabrics – The Tote Bag can be made from woven fabrics. Cotton, quilting cotton, denim, cotton lawn, canvas, and even upholstery fabric would result in a gorgeous tote.

If you use a fabric with a print or nap such as velvet, remember to cut all pieces in the same direction and to allow extra fabric for this.

See the fabric requirements in the gallery above for yardage. A serger/ overlocker is optional but NOT required.

Format – This trim-free pattern is a downloadable PDF and comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want.

Support – Please join the Rebecca Page Sewing group should you require any assistance at any point throughout your RP sewing experience. This wonderful community of sewistas is friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to help! It’s also just a happy place to be. You can share photos of your RP sews, enter giveaways, get sales information, and new-release updates.



Reviews (39)

39 reviews for Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

  1. jloydl81

    Amazing quick sew! Love this bag going to make another one! Fits everything I need to go to the beach on weekends and visiting family and friends!!! Love the outside pocket for phone or keys, and inside zipper pocket is good for change or whatever you like!

  2. Marie

    The easiest tote bag that I’ve ever sewn!!

  3. Carol Wolfe-Basines

    I enjoyed sewing this tote bag together, I had fun with the pockets and added some machine embroidery to them and I utilized outdoor patio material for this tote. Quick to sew, will be making more for gifts!

  4. Susan Gough

    Love this pattern. Easy to follow, quick to make. Made it with a Cotton Duck Fabric which made for a nice supported outer.

  5. Franchesca Delgado

    Easy to follow instructions, great bag construction and love the internal pocket with zipper.

  6. Lisa L

    This tote has some great details (the inner zip pocket and key ring holder) that are easily completed with the thorough instructions. I used a heavier outdoor fabric that is going to wipe easily and also didn’t require the interfacing. A fun pattern I will be using again!

  7. Ummul Masakin

    recommended for anyone new in bag making

  8. Chris M Shapiro

    This handy tote bag is a perfect beginner pattern to give a new sewer confidence. It is a great pattern for all sewers. The optional inside zippered pocket keeps valuables secure and the long handles make it easy to carry from the farmers market to the playground!

  9. Anna Metcalf

    It was an easy and straightforward pattern to follow.

  10. Karin Williams

    An easy, quick sew and a simple pattern to follow. I was a bit scared of sewing a zipper but it turned out to be a piece of cake with easy to follow instructions. Thanks for yet another great pattern!

  11. Kelly Stokes

    This is such an awesome pattern! Nice and simple for beginners but also extras for those who want to add a bit extra. The straps are nice and long to go over your shoulder properly, or there are options to make shorter straps for kids

  12. Kate Thomson

    Great pattern with easy to follow detailed instructions! I love that the pocket provides a great place to add some embroidery or to showcase a coordinating fabric. The optional inside pocket and key loop are also great features.

  13. Virginie Bissinger

    This pattern is quick to make for a bag of the most beautiful effect. The instructions are clear and the sewing is quick for a perfect finished bag. Several options are possible but the best is to let go in this creation with the outer fabric or the lining, or both!

  14. Andreia de Almeida

    This bag was a super easy make and is a great scrap buster. I made mine with leftover fabric from my Taylor Trench and love it as my new lunch bag

  15. Agnes Bobak

    With a very clear tutorial this pattern is a sure success! I love my bag!

  16. Vicki Jean Moore

    A fun quick sew! Perfect for small grocery trips, toys, snacks, books-you name it!

  17. Leigha Lawlor

    Easy to follow steps, great descriptions of the optional parts of the pattern. Great for beginners wanting to start with something practical

  18. Allison Tierney

    Great staple pattern! Simple construction and easy to put together!

  19. Kelle Lujan

    I’m generally a clothes maker, but every once in a while, it’s fun to venture into something different. My girls needed a tote to carry wet swimming suits back from the local pond and this was the perfect size! I added the optional zipper pocket and a key tab so they could easily store their bike keys, sunglasses, and sunblock. Instructions were clear. and I had no trouble assembling the pattern pieces. If you are looking for something other than clothes to sew, give this tote a try.

  20. Hannah Zemek

    Amazing pattern and such a quality finish. I loved making this pattern

  21. Victoria Williams

    This tote bag is such an amazing pattern- i see many more in my future! It can be used for so many different things by changing up your fabrics and pocket combos!
    I was a little intimidated by this pattern before i started (no idea why, the instructions walk you through the entire project!) and once i sussed out my straps (my fabric was too thick to turn but i didnt realise) it was a really quick sew. Its big enough for books, or a day out with the kids-you can fit lots of pop and snacks in!! Anything you want really! This bag isn’t too big like some totes that flap about and you lose all your things in the bottom, and all the pockets help you stay organised.

  22. Ashley Richey-Burdick

    This bag is easy peasy, but so cute when finished! I love the options offered. The fact that the tutorial gives clear instructions for cutting so you don’t have to print is a huge bonus (no one likes to use paper when they don’t need to!) I will definitely be making more of these as gifts. I think it would be fine to add a smidge of padding and use for a laptop. The options are really endless.

  23. Nicole McLemore

    Such a fun, fast sew!!!!! Perfect for so many different uses!

  24. Chaney Baxley Mobley

    Fabulous sew! Loved the lined tote. The pockets were a major plus, add in a zipper pocket and the key for and it is absolutely the perfect tote!

  25. Casey-Marie Bray

    I love the versatility of this bag and the ability to decorate it in so many ways. Perfect gift idea.

  26. Yulia Shikhova Korinnyi

    Makes a perfect gift. I love the outside pocket and makes it super easy to personalize. My mom absolutely loved the bag I made her.

  27. Melinda Bailey

    So pleased with how well this tote bag came together. Such a good size bag to carry to the gym or the beach, or even as a plastic free options for the shops!

  28. Melanie Couture

    I loved the pattern.
    It is easy to follow, and has great explanations.
    I would add a remember with !!! to make sure our placement for the straps are equal to make sure when you turn your bag your straps are aligned. I did the mistake on the first bag, but not on the third one 😉
    Is it really necessary to put 2 interfacing for the same side of the bag? I think it’s a bit much except if your interfacing is really thin. We used only one and the bag is perfect. I will definitely make more of this bag for every occasion 🙂

  29. Paige Pederzani

    Such a cute, quick and easy sew! I used two pieces of scrap fabric and created a bag that perfectly fits my 17 inch MacBook Pro!

  30. Sarah Miller

    This pattern is so easy and quick! It has so many extra options to customize it to your every need or desire! You will love this pattern! It is super beginner friendly and sew-able for any sewist.

  31. Shaina O’Dell

    I made this for my 6 year old to carry his toys in when we go somewhere and it is perfect for him! The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

  32. Kerry Kirby Wallman

    This tote bag is really versatile, and the options make it really personable. The steps are easy to follow and clearly written. The photos really help for reference. I wish I had used strapping for the straps instead of making my own – I think it gives a cleaner look, but I really wanted it to match my lining. I love this bag and I’m excited to make more for gifts.

  33. Dee Van Dyk

    Super simple pattern to make a lovely tote bag. I went basic – no pockets or zippers. And I used webbing for the straps, making this a really quick sew.

    Instructions were clear and easy to follow. My only regret after making it was that I didn’t include an outside pocket. I saw other totes with the pocket and really liked how a contrasting pocket made the bag really pop.

  34. Keeley Jones

    I love this bag, it’s the perfect size for toting just about anything! I will definitely be using it at the market and as an addition to my diaper bag!

  35. Melissa Clementz

    This tote bag pattern was so quick and easy to sew! I loved that I could use the rotary cutter to make cutting the pieces quicker. The extra options of the zipper pocket and key fob inside help to keep your things within easy reach.

  36. Beth Smith

    This bag is amazing! I love that it’s easy and quick to make and yet has so many neat features

  37. Amanda Pickrell

    What a quick and simple sew! I consider myself an advanced beginner/intermediate sewist, but I ALWAYS print the pattern and follow the tutorial. This time, I only used the “at a glance” cut chart and instructions and was still able to pull off a great little tote! The team at Rebecca Page is so thorough in all the directions! The tote has room for my laptop and papers to grade, and includes an interior zip pocket and 2 exterior pockets. This tote is definitely a win for your favorite teacher or busy professional that needs a cute personalized bag!

  38. Debra Rigsby

    I loved the new technique that was suggested for turning the straps. This was such an easy sew.

  39. Laura Wheelis

    Love this tote! It fits more than I thought it would, plus the outside pocket is so fun to customize. I added hand embroidery to mine and it was so fun!!

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