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The Essentials Tote bag printed sewing pattern

The Essentials Tote bag printed sewing pattern

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Hello! We ship Monday - Friday and most Saturdays. On US Federal Holidays no mail moves - you *may* see a label print, but it will leave the next mailing day. If we take a short break for vacation, it is announced ahead of time on all social media channels and in the newsletter. Are you signed up for my emails? They often contain treasures!  

We strive to ship within 48 to 72 business hrs if everything is IN STOCK. Super intense, cut-heavy orders can sometimes take 3-5 days.

Please keep shipping insurance (Package Protection) in your cart. If you take it out, you will have to file your own claim with USPS or UPS. While mistakes with the Carriers are rare, they do happen and it's best to have full coverage.

PRE ORDERS ship as stated in the listing -- usually these take some time to arrive. IF YOU COMBINE in stock items with a preorder they will ship TOGETHER at one time. Make a separate order if you need in-stock items sooner. Thanks!!

We ship USPS First class mail and Priority Mail always, never ground. We ship UPS if you choose UPS, OR if it's more economical and faster than USPS.

We DO ship to Canada &most other European countries, also Australia and New Zealand through USPS or UPS if you choose it. We do NOT cover import fees. It is worth an email if you're concerned about the cost, before placing your order. I will weigh and estimate cost before processing.

Local pick up is an option! Our store is located at 4860 Larson Beach Rd in McFarland, WI. We are open Wednesdays and Saturdays 12-4.

Tracking info is ALWAYS sent by email as soon as the label is printed. Check your junk or promotions folders; it could have landed in one of them. After the initial tracking entry when the label is printed, additional tracking updates are provided by the carrier. Follow the tracking link you received by email to check the status on the carrier's site.


Our mail system is pretty amazing when compared to the rest of the world and we are so grateful to the Carriers that make it happen! 

Vinyl is usually rolled and either wrapped in tissue or a protective bag, and sent that way. Some vinyl (soft metallic and moonglow for example) can be folded without causing damage, you can opt to iron it from the back side as well.  In any case, if your vinyl arrives with wrinkles you can simply place it in the sunshine OR use a hair dryer to warm it flat again, or iron it (wrong side only). If you think your vinyl is damaged, please email me and I will take care of you. 😊

**Soft metallic vinyl, Stardust, croc, and Moonglow vinyl CAN be ironed from the wrong side. See my Guide for Sewing Vinyl for more info.

If I made a mistake on your order OR if something arrives damaged, email me so I can fix it. The Sew Hungryhippie team strives for perfect but we are humans & are training new employees... Thank you for your grace.

Returns are accepted for damaged items and we will send you a return label. Returns for "changing your mind" are accepted at YOUR return shipping expense, and will be processed with a restocking fee of 10%

Thank you for supporting my small business! YOU have made a huge difference in my family's life and I think about it every single day. 

-Natalie 🥰



Product Details

Pattern Type: Printed
Stock #: HH-1979

Product Description

 The Essentials Tote bag printed sewing pattern PRINTED BOOKLET pattern. This will be mailed to you.

*UPDATE* this new printing run INCLUDES the contrast bottom instructions offered in 2022 as an add-on. Look at the back page to see these cutting instructions.

A super helpful basic tote measuring approx 19" x 19" with huge see-through pockets on both sides that are deep and roomy to hold your most essential bits.

Inside features MORE see-through pockets on both sides, plus options to make heavy duty webbing straps OR fabric straps. Made with foam interfacing, this tote stands up on its own. I walk you through each step with digitally drawn diagrams, photos, and clearly written instructions. There is a walk-through video link included for extra help if you need it.

I use these bags to carry my groceries every week. My daughter uses one for swimming, and one stays in my car at all times with emergency gear (clothing, snacks, jump cables, blanket...)

Quilting cotton, canvas, linen, duck cloth, and almost any woven fabric will work. 

Materials needed:

1 yard exterior fabric   *This is different for the contrast bottom, 3/4 yd is sufficient. Add 1/2 yard non-directional fabric, vinyl, cork, or canvas for the contrast bottom.

1 yard lining fabric

1/2 yard clear 10 gauge vinyl

2 packages double fold extra wide bias tape by Wright's

2-3 yards SF101 fusible woven interfacing

1 yard foam or fusible fleece or batting to interface exterior bag

3.5 yards webbing for straps (faster way) or make your own with fabric.

As always, you may sell your finished totes on a homemade scale.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Perfect size for shopping

Patsy D.
I made a tote bag!

I made a tote bag and lined it to boot! My first one and it came out perfect. I did not put the plastic pocket on the front or inside, but other than that I followed your pattern completely. Between the pattern and watching your YouTube on the tote, it was easy for me to construct and I am NOT a seasoned seamstress! Thank you for your precise and easy to follow instructions! I will be making more of these totes.

Clear well written instructions

I bought the printed pattern and was very happy with the quality of printing, layout, and clarity of instructions. This is an easy make and will make great gifts for grandkids. I really like the handle design will carry heavy loads. This will be a fun sew.

Cathy S.

I have already made this pattern, it was well written and the directions were easy to follow. The bag turned out beautifully. Thank you.

Deana G.
Essential Tote Printed Pattern

Love this tote! Pattern was easy and very easy to follow. Thank you for providing the pattern especially for beginners like me.

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    Returns are accepted for damaged items and we will send you a return label. Returns for "changing your mind" are accepted at YOUR return shipping expense.