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This pretty tote is quick and easy to sew! Change out the ribbon for different looks!


These frustration-free instructions are great for those with at least basic sewing skills - the project involves some gathering. There are instructions for two different types of interior pockets - a simple patch pocket or a hidden zipper pocket for more advanced sew-ers.

Bag measures 11” wide across the bottom x 11” tall x 5” deep. Cutting instructions are included for all the pieces that are easy to measure rectangles; a printable pattern piece is included for the curved bottom of the bag.


¾ yard exterior focus fabric
1/3 yard coordinating fabric for bows*
1 yard coordinating fabric for lining, interior pockets and bottoms
1 yard fusible fleece interfacing (I like Pellon brand 987F) at least 40” wide
¾ yard lightweight fusible interfacing
1 magnetic snap closure
erasable marker or pencil
1 safety pin (to pull the bow fabric through the casing)
12” zipper (optional – if making the zipper pocket)


Aivilo Charlotte Sewing Patterns are written in everyday English, as if a friend were telling you how to sew, with full color photos illustrating the process step-by-step. Each pattern is tested by a panel of sewists of many skill levels - to ensure the instructions are clear so you can enjoy a frustration-free sewing experience. Plus, if you have any questions while sewing, I'm always available at aivilocharlotte [!at] gmail.com to help you. Check my feedback for actual customer comments on the ease of use of my patterns!


You *may* make Aivilo bags and clothing items for sale, in limited production. If selling online, I simply ask that you put "design by AiviloCharlotte Designs" in your listings. The patterns are protected by copyright, and not to be duplicated or shared in any way.

The pictures here are to show what the completed project looks like - you are purchasing sewing instructions, NOT the actual items. This pattern was designed by me for my business, AiviloCharlotte, and is protected by copyright.

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