Hello all! I’m excited about a pattern collection that I’ve been working on and I’m proud to release a FREE pattern to you. I used to kind of be known as the tote bag girl. I was a fine artist but I loved using tote bags as my canvas. I felt like my fellow craftsters out there would want to make one after seeing how cute it was, so I made some fabric kits available to make your own watercolor tote bag here, although there is limited quantity. Free sewing PDF is below.
I’ve been making tote bags for about a decade, for sale here and there, and to give as gifts. I still have a few tote bags I use that are still going strong. I made them in the beginnings of my fashion career pursuit when I moved to Los Angeles in 2005, both fabulous avant garde custom pieces as well as a standard tote bag with my signature bird appliqué on them. (This was before they had saturated every market!)
For my friend Helen’s birthday, I found this lovely bright watercolor faux suede upholstery fabric that I knew she’d love as a tote bag since she’s a graphic designer. I’d like to share this tote bag pattern with you because tote bags can take a major beating during our daily routine, so it’s nice to be able to make a bunch for yourself or as gifts. My pet peeve, actually, is seeing a really torn up bag that a professional woman is still using for work.
This bag pattern is without a lining, but you can easily put a lining in, thus eliminating the need to do a French seam. For these instructions, I’ll be showing you how to French seam the bag together. The bag should take an intermediate sewer about 30 minutes to sew together.
Access the free sewing PDF here! Trouves_The Helen Tote Bag Pattern