If you haven’t been able to tell over the years, I am completely addicted to making totes and quilts. I can’t begin to tell you all of the totes I’ve made, designed, and sweated over. Creatively, it fills a side of me that needs to be completed. In fact, I didn’t even know I could draw. Therefore, I’m trying my hand at pattern making.
I’m really excited to share with you a FREE tote pattern that I’ve written, The Bandi Tote. I created these totes last year around Easter and had a few requests to make them. Unfortunately I don’t have all the time in the world to do that, and am now getting around to producing a pattern.
I’m inviting sewists and others, to give it a try, AND to please provide feedback. This is a user friendly beginner to confident beginner level pattern. If you haven’t sewn before I’d like you to meet a fellow blogger, Beth Huntington – Renegade Seamstress who is running a Learning to Sew EHOW series. I suggest you start here.
It’s a cute little tote for children to be used as an Easter Basket turned pool bag, book bag, and depending on the fabric, you could make one for every holiday – say maybe Halloween! I pride myself in creating the bottoms of these bags with Yarnology plastic canvas strips. It provides a solid base rather than a floppy one. Dimensions – 10.5” x 10.5” x 4”.
This is the type of bag that you can use Hobby Lobby fabric. They and Joanns carry the Robert Kauffman Kona solids that make for a beautiful lining. I found the Yarnology plastic canvas at Joanns as well as the fusible interfacing. Joanns and Hobby Lobby both have mobile online coupons that you can take advantage of as well.
A little about printing this pattern, it is booklet style and you can print it back to back like a booklet.
Download the pattern here: 2016 Bandi Tote
Here are the supplies needed to make the Bandi Tote:
- 3/4 yard for outer fabric (bottom, band and straps)
- 1/2 yard for lining
- 1/2 yard for Pellon 809 Decor Bond fusible lining interfacing
- 3/4 yard Pellon 987F fusible fleece
- 1 – 1 1/2 “ matching button
- Yarnology sheet of plastic canvas
- Matching tread to lining
Please let me know how you like it. I have more in the works. Just have to figure out the digital pattern thingy.