The Spectrum Tote Sewing Pattern


The Spectrum Tote sewing pattern offers a roomy, stylish and fun-to-sew bag that is perfect for shopping, books, or just for everyday! The pieced exterior lends itself to a huge variety of looks and is equally lovely quilted or not! Inside you’ll find a magnetic snap, a zippered pocket and 2 rounded slip pockets. 

Finished size:
18w x 15h (26″ with handles) x 4″d

46 x 38 (66 with handles) x10 cm

The sewing pattern comes with clear, detailed illustrations and
33 pages of instructions, pattern sheets and cutting labels.

Also included are links to online tutorials and even a bonus project.

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  • 1 – 9″ (23cm) Zipper
  • 1 – Magnetic snap
  • 18″ of 1/4″ fusible web tape
  • Heavy-weight needle
  • Temporary marking pen
  • Walking foot (if quilting the bag- optional)
  • Basic cutting and sewing supplies

Fabrics & Interfacing

Exterior Fabrics: Suggested fabrics: Quilting cotton or light-weight home decor

Primary Fabrics:

  • 5 – 1/4 yard (23cm) cuts – 44″(112cm) wide or 5 fat quarters – for 5 bottom pieces of exterior
  • 1/2 yard (46cm) – 44″(112cm) wide OR 2 fat quarters – for exterior handles

Contrast Fabric: 3/4 yard (69cm) – 44″(112cm) wide- for contrast strips on exterior and binding for handle opening

Lining Fabric: 1 yard (91cm) – 44″(112cm) wide

Pocket Fabric: 11×19″ (28x48cm) remnant or 1 fat quarter

Medium-weight Interfacing*: one-sided fusible – 4 1/2 yards (4.11m) – 20″(51cm) wide – for stabilizing exterior quilt -weight cottons Suggested Interfacing: Shape Flex (SF101) from Pellon

Medium-weight Canvas*: 1 yard (91cm) – 44″(112cm) minimum width – for interlining

Suggested Canvas: Drill canvas (found in the utility fabric section of Joann)

Ultra-firm Stabilizer or Plastic Canvas (optional): 1 – 14 x 4″(36x10cm) piece – to stiffen the bottom of the bag.

Suggested Stabilizer: Peltex (#70 or 71F) by Pellon (a double layer may also be used)

*If you plan to quilt this bag,  you only need 2 yards of the medium-weight interfacing. You will also need 2 – 20 x 32″(51x81cm) pieces of fleece, batting or Soft and Stable from byAnnie’s. If you use the Soft and Stable, also forgo the medium weight canvas interlining.


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