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Explorer Tote Pattern

$ 10.00

Enjoy filling up the large size tote for an overnight getaway! Or make the small tote size for everyday use.

Special features:

  • front pocket, divided back pocket, and large divided interior slip pocket
  • open top or recessed zipper closure options, flap with closure provides extra security for both
  • large size includes short handles and a detachable strap, small size features over the shoulder straps

Skill Level: Beginner

Finished Measurements:22” W, 14” H, 7” deep - large (18” W, 13” H, 4” deep - small)

Recommended Fabric

*Waxed Canvas for contrast bottom. Waxed canvas, cotton canvas, cotton/linen canvas, denim, home dec for exterior. Medium weight (5-6 oz.) fabric for accent. Quilting cotton for lining.

*If substituting fabric types for contrast bottom, additional interfacing may be needed for desired structure (½ yard of byAnnie’s Soft and Stable recommended).

Materials Needed:
Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric.
Size small noted in { }.
  • 1 yard Exterior Fabric
  • 1 3/4 yard {1 yard} Lining Fabric (includes interior pocket)
  • 1/2 yard Contrast Bottom*
  • ½ yard {¼ yard} Accent Fabric (includes strap/handles)
  • 2 ¼ yards {2 yards} Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101 - 20”-wide)
  • 3/4 yard {½ yard} Fusible Fleece (Pellon 987F - 44” wide)
  • 1 yard {½ yard} Fusible Medium-weight Interfacing (Pellon 809 - 44” wide)
  • (2) 1”-wide metal D-rings (large only - for detachable strap)
  • 1 ½”-wide metal strap slider (large only - for detachable strap)
  • (2) 1 ½”-wide metal swivel snaps (large only - for detachable strap)
  • 24"{20"} purse zipper (for optional recessed zipper closure)
  • Small turn lock (approx. 1-3/8” x 3/4”  is recommended)

Additional Supplies:

  • Polyester thread
  • water-soluble pen/tailor’s chalk
  • cutting mat
  • ruler
  • rotary cutter
  • turning tool
  • seam sealant (such as Fray Check)
  • denim or Microtex needle
  • pinking shears
  • small scrap of heavy interfacing - Pellon Peltex 71F
  • two {one} 8-9mm rivets/rivet setter (optional)
  • one (size 24) pronged metal snap and snap setter for large tote (optional)


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