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LAPEL - Pattern for a fold-over tote

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This is a digital pattern - NOT a finished product. Sorry, no returns.

LAPEL is a basic cross-body tote with a twist - it has a pretty lapel which folds over the front. This lapel can be free or fastened. The pattern includes details for a front closure made with contrasting non-woven accent such as cork, leather, Kraft-Tex or vinyl and two sizes of beads. 
Finished Size: 15” H on the tallest side x 11” W at the bottom x 3” D (39 cm H on the tallest side x 28 cm W at the bottom x 7.6 cm D)

  • On the front of LAPEL - a contrasting slip pocket which is perfect for phone or keys and a front closure made with contrasting non-woven accent such as cork, leather, Kraft-Tex or vinyl
  • On the back of LAPEL -  a zippered pocket at an angle that mimics the fold of the lapel, an accent secures a ring for the cross-body strap and a third accent secures the other half of the closure
  • The top of the tote is embellished with a contrasting trim and a lining reveal for double impact.
  • The bottom of the tote has an overlay of non-woven which provides a bit of structure.
  • An adjustable cross-body strap fastens via swivel hooks and O-rings or D-rings.
  • Inside LAPEL there is a regular slip pocket, a zippered pocket and a zippered slip pocket which results in two pockets in one. This means you get two zippered pockets and two slip pockets inside.
  • The lining is exposed in the fold of the lapel
  • Can be made from a variety of fabrics - canvas (waxed or otherwise), wool or vinyl
  • We love to pair it with a ROCK STRAP - sold separately
  • Lots of written detailed instruction for the beginning bag maker
  • Many diagrams for the visual learner
  • Cutting tags to keep the pieces in order during construction
  • Drafted pattern pieces to print and cut and a few pieces to measure and cut
  • Fastener "gallery" to inspire you to make a unique LAPEL of your own
  • All construction is suitable for a domestic sewing machine.
  • 1/2 yard of 42” (0.3 m of 115 cm) wide canvas, twill, vinyl or wool
  • Non woven Contrast for CLOSURE ACCENT, O-RING TABs and optional BASE ACCENT
  • 1 piece approximately 12” x 12” (31 cm x 31 cm) cork, vinyl, leather or Kraft-tex
  • 1/3 yard (0.3 m.) contrasting fabric
  • 1 yard (0.9 m.) quilting cotton or equivalent weight.
  • Interfacing
  • 2 yards (1.8 m) woven fusible interfacing such as Pellon SF101. Use your judgement depending upon the weight of your main fabric.
  • 5“ x 11”(13 cm x 28 cm) piece of firm non woven interfacing such as Pellon 809 for zippered pocket facings
Hardware etc
  • 2 - 1” (2.5 cm) swivel hook
  • 2 - 1” (2,5 cm) diameter O-rings or 3/4” (20mm) D-rings.
  • 1 - 1“ (2.5 cm) slider
  • 1 - large bead, 1/2” to 3/4” (12mm to 20mm) diameter, for Closure.
  • 2 - small beads, approximately 1/4” (6 mm) diameter for Closure Loop. Or a double-cord lock.
  • 14” (36 cm) - 1/8” non-fray cording (36 cm of 3mm cording)
  • 1 - 7” (17 cm) #3 zipper for interior zippered pocket
  • 1 - 9” (23 cm) #3 zipper for interior zippered slip pocket. NOTE: Zipper lengths are from top stop to bottom stop.
  • 1- 9”(23 cm) #4.5 or #5 zipper for Back zippered pocket. Or 12”(31 cm) of #4.5 or #5 zipper tape and 1 slider.
  • Erasable marking tool - test to make certain marks can be removed.
You will get a PDF (2MB) file

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