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Firefly Tote Pattern

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An easy to use tote and project bag! The tote size is perfect for a day trip or a work bag, and the project size is great for knitting or crochet projects, or as a lunch bag! Both sizes feature a fun drawstring closure and an interior slip pocket. A handy front pocket with an additional zippered pocket makes this tote super functional!


  • two sizes to sew! "Project" size is the smaller of the two, "Tote" size is the larger.
  • front slip & zip pockets (great for featuring a favorite fabric and oh so useful!)
  • drawstring top closure to keep everything secure
  • interior pocket
  • simplified option for an even quicker sew!
  • so many possibilities!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Approx. Finished Dimensions: 

Tote Size - 10 ½” wide (measured at base), 5” deep, 14” tall [26.7 cm x 12.7 cm x 35.6 cm]

Project Size - 8” wide (measured at base), 5” deep, 10” tall [20.3 cm x 12.7 cm x 25.4 cm]

Materials needed:

  • Exterior Fabric: 5/8 yd Tote or 1/2 yd Project Bag
  • Lining Fabric: 1 yd Tote or 3/4 yd Project Bag
  • Accent Fabric: 1 yd Tote or 5/8 yd Project Bag
  • Fusible Woven Interfacing (SF101): 1 3/4s yd Tote or 1 1/8 yds Project Bag (omit if using waxed canvas or oil skin)
  • Medium-weight Fusible Interfacing (Fusible Fleece): 1/2 yd for either size
  • Zipper for Front Pocket: 7" Tote or 6" Project Bag
  • Cotton Webbing or Leather For Handles (1" wide): 1 1/2 yds Tote or 1 yd Project Bag

Recommended Fabrics: Canvas (7-9 oz. weight) for Exterior^ fabric. Quilting cotton for Accent and Lining fabrics.

^Waxed canvas (8-10 oz.) or dry oilskin may be used for exterior fabric, omit medium-weight interfacing/fusible fleece and reduce fusible woven interfacing to 1 ½ yd [1.4 m] {1 yd [.91 m] for project size}. See notes in cutting instructions.

Additional supplies + tools: Polyester thread, water-soluble pen/tailor’s chalk, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, size 14 or 16 denim or Microtex needle, (optional) four 8mm rivets & corresponding setting tool, 2 ½ yds [2.3m] {2 yds [1.83 m] for project size} twill tape/ribbon/cord (no wider than ¾”/ 1.9 cm) for drawstring closure

(*pattern assumes zipper tape width of 1”)

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