Julie’s Structured Tote Bag (Large)

This is a large shopping bag, this is GREAT as a sewing bag)! With a zipper pocket and magnetic snap – Great intro to bag making for a more beginner to intermediate student before getting into commercial bag patterns.

Level: Advanced Beginner – Intermediate
Time: about 5-6 sessions


  • 1/2  yd canvas or linen blend fabric or quilting cotton for top of bag
  • 1/4 yd fabric for bottom of bag (same quality options as above) – you may want to select a heavier bottom fabric if you want a sturdier bag
  • 3/4 yd quilting cotton for lining
  • 3/4 yd Pellon 987F fusible fleece interfacing
  • 1 1/4 yd Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex interfacing
    SF101 is a more expensive but very high quality interfacing.  Or for a less expensive option go with Heat n bond medium weight non-woven fusible interfacing.
  • 1 1/4 yd 1-inch cotton webbing
  • 1 spool of all-purpose thread to match fabrics
  • Magnetic snap (optional for closure)
  • 7” zipper (all-purpose or metal) – note: if metal, zip MUST be 7”. If all-purpose, zip can be longer!