Maker's Tote


This carry-all tote is for the makers, the creatives, and the go-getters. It’s my spin on a classic doctor’s bag, but designed with handy on-the-go storage in mind. Perfect for kids and adults alike, this tote will be sure to keep whatever you need close at hand and organized. Please make note of the recommended skill level for this particular pattern.


Special features:

2 sizes!

Zippered back pocket

Top zipper closure (optional)

interior pockets

Great for portable craft supply storage!


Skill Level:

Intermediate/Advanced. Should be confident at sewing bias binding, previous bag making experience will be helpful. Check out my tips + tricks video! + Approx.

Finished Dimensions: 16” W, 13” H, 7 ½” deep (12” W, 10”H, 6” deep - Small)

Please see materials list and purchasing information below!

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Materials needed:

+ Requirements based on 44” wide fabric. FQ=Fat Quarter=18" x 22" ( ) = indicate requirements for small size tote

Exterior fabric, 5/8 yard (1/2 yard)

Lining fabric, 1 1/4 yards (1 yard)

Pocket fabric, 1 1/4 yards (1 yard)

Accent fabric (includes binding and handles, 1/2 yard)

Fusible Woven Interfacing (20"-wide), 1 1/2 yards

Fusible Mid-weight Interfacing (44"-wide), 1 yard

ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable (or Pellon FlexFoam -20” wide),  1/2 yard or 1 yard of Pellon

18” separating “Jacket” zipper (14” for small)***


Recommended Fabrics: Cotton Canvas, cotton/linen canvas, denim, twill, home dec or quilting cotton for exterior. Quilting cotton for lining and pockets.

10” non-separating zipper for tote back (7” for small)

Additional supplies + tools: Thread, water-soluble pen, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, turning tool, (2) 1/4” x 5” strips of leather/ribbon for zipper pull(s), denim needle, (1) size 24 pronged metal snap set, *** = can substitute 2-3 additional sets of snaps if not installing zipper, snap setting tool, binder clips, pinking shears, washable fabric glue stick, 25mm bias tape maker, ¼”-wide fusible web tape