The Motherload Tote Sewing Pattern


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:
21w x 13h x 5 1/2 d
– 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.

$7.99 – pdf version. Download links will be emailed to you after purchase.
$9.99 – paper version 




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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