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Classic Tote - PDF Tutorial & Pattern

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FREE with every purchase - mini bag tutorial. Create an adorable, fully lined 3" x 5" mini bag in less than an hour!

The Classic Tote can be used as a purse or small tote bag. The contrasting fabric adds a classic touch. It features both shoulder straps and a removable adjustable strap making it extremely versatile. The outside has three open pockets great for carrying a phone, chapstick and pens. Inside, you will find one large organizational pocket. A recessed zipper closure adds a sophisticated touch. Construct this bag with canvas and it will hold up great!

This is a very detailed and thorough tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photographs. It will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete the bag. Full size pattern pieces and dimensions are included. A basic knowledge of sewing/bag making is most helpful.


Bag: 10 inches at top / 12 inches at bottom [width] x 11 1/2 inches [height] x 2 3/4 [depth]
Open Pocket 1: 8 inches x 7 1/2 inches
Open Pocket 2: 1 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches [pen pocket]
Open Pocket 3: 1 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches [pen pocket]
Shoulder Strap Drop: 9 1/2 inches


Interior Open Pocket: 6 3/4 inches x 9 inches

Please do not sell or redistribute this tutorial/pattern. However, you are welcome to sell the finished product. Please credit 'thesterlingowl' or include a link to my Etsy store <> in your item description.

Tutorials/patterns will be e-mailed within 24 hours of purchase. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Classic Tote - PDF Tutorial & Pattern


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: canvas, cotton, thread, zipper, strap reducer rings, slider, swivel bolt snaps
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  • Ships worldwide from Missouri, United States