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The Motherload Tote Sewing Pattern

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She’s the mother of all bags, the Motherload Tote! Like you, this mom can go from daycare to dance class, and the beach to the ballpark without skipping a beat or leaving anything behind!

Here are her features:
-Optional extended handles can carry a yoga mat, beach towel or picnic blanket below the bag and tightened up in d-rings when not in use.
– An exterior accessory d-ring offers a convenient place to hang keys, sunglasses, gym membership card, or just for a bit of bling.
-very large exterior zipped pocket
– 2 roomy, separate interior compartments that are easily customize to your needs. For example, if you carry wet swimsuits, stitch one up in a laminated fabric.
– Between the interior compartments are a pleated, zipped pocket and a water bottle sling – mom’s got to stay hydrated!
– An optional luggage strap will keep your Motherload Tote firmly attached to the handle of pull-style luggage

See a whole bunch of Motherload Totes in the gallery.

$6.99 – pdf version. Download links will be emailed to you after purchase.
$9.99 – paper version 


Product Description

What’s in the pattern:
-PDF: 23 pages (12 pages of instructions, 10 pages of pattern sheets**,  2 pages of cutting labels)
 Paper:  5 pages of instructions including cutting labels
-a thoroughly tested design given the thumbs up by my amazing test team
– links to online tutorials for the trickier bits
– metric and imperial measurements
-quality line drawings and concise, detailed instructions

**rectangle shaped pattern pieces are measured out based on dimensions

Material List


  • 1 – All-purpose or heavy weight zipper – 22″(56cm) or longer for top closure
  • 1- All-purpose zipper 8″(20cm) or longer for interior pocket
  • 1 – All purpose zipper 18″(46cm) or longer for exterior pocket
  • D-rings or rectangles – to fit 1″ (2.5cm) wide handles. 9 – for extended handle design or 1- for unextended handle design
  • Heavy-weight needle
  • Temporary marking pen
  • Wonder Tape or similar two-sided fusible product (optional)
  • 5 1/2 x 14 1/2″(14x37cm) -piece of plastic canvas for bag bottom (optional)
  • Option: Use uncovered nylon webbing instead of fabric handles, buy 4 1/4 yards – 1″(2.5cm) wide webbing
  • Option: Make a luggage strap to secure your bag to the handle of pull-style luggage (for extended handles only) – purchase 2 swivel hooks-to fit 1″(2.5cm) wide strap
    *if you prefer, replace one d-ring with a swivel hook for the accessory holder

Fabric & Interfacing

  • Main: 1 1/8 yards* (44″wide) for exterior
    Suggested: light to medium weight home decor or quilt weight cotton
  • Contrast: 1 1/2 yards* (44″ wide) for handles and lining
    Suggested: light to medium weight home decor or quilt weight cotton
  • Fusible Fleece: 5/8 yard (45″ wide)
    Suggested: Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus (TP971F) or for a firmer bag, use 2 layers of Thermolam, Soft & Stable(r) from byAnnie, Pellon FlexFoam(r)(FF-77) or headliner.
  • Note: If you are using a foam stabilizer that is 20″ wide, buy 1 1/4 yards
  • Medium-Weight Interfacing: 3 1/2 yards (20″ wide).
    Suggested: Pellon Soft-Flex (SF101) or for a crisper bag and handles use Pellon Craft-Fuse (#808).

Additional Information

Pattern type

pdf download, paper pattern


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