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It's a Cinch Tote Bag Pattern

Description With it's roomy practical size and smart (but easy-going) looks, this bag is sure to become an often-used everyday favourite.  The bag features; 2 handy pockets (one external zip pocket and a lining pocket) an easy to insert zip top and clever cinching straps that make the bag more compact and boxy if desired.  It may not look like it, but this bag design uses an easy to insert zip. This zip technique looks professional, it's genuinely easy to do and involves no hand sewing (big bonus!). With its easy-going looks this bag fits in happily wherever it goes.  It's smart enough for an up-town shopping trip, or the more stylish student, but it l also looks just as great at a picnic or as a 'loads of things to do and loads of places to go to' kind of bag. Another great feature about this bag is that you can cinch-in the sides to make the bag more compact, this is very useful when you have packed light and you don't want the contents to roll around in the bag (this is great for keeping things like gadgets/laptop under control when you run for the bus!).
Features we love:

  • Great value pattern which includes many (optional) features/techniques 
  • Nice and roomy - easily fits folders & laptops
  • Easy to install zip
  • In fact, the whole bag is pretty easy to put together
  • Secure external zip pocket
  • Smart preppy looks, but still a relaxed style
  • Cinching straps make the bag more compact
  • Sewing Pattern includes 7 pages of clear step by step instructions with plenty of helpful colour photos and instructions for drawing out the simple rectangle pattern.

Finished size 18 1/2" (W) x 12" (H) x 4" (D) (48cm x 23cm x 10cm)
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  • 1 yrd of 44in in wide fabric and matching thread for exterior.  (1m of 113cm)
  • 1 yrd of 44in in wide fabric and matching thread for lining.  (1m of 113cm)
  • 1 yrd 35 1/2in wide woven fusible interfacing (1m of 90cm)
  • 4 yrd (4m) 1in wide strap webbing
  • 1 x (at least) 15in x 1 1/8in chunky zip (30.5cm x 3cm)
  • 1 x (at least) 7in x 1 1/8in chunky zip (18cm x 3cm)
  • 1/2yrd (50cm) Thermlolam fleece interlining
  • 10in (25.5cm) of 3/8in (1cm) high elastic
  • 2 x 1in swivel hook snaps
  • 2 x 1in (2.5cm) D-rings

Printing Ensure that your printer is set to "Actual Size" and NOT shrink to fit when you print the pattern.
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Skill level Intermediate
Sew and sell! You are welcome to handmake and sell our designs in your online shop, craft market, Etsy etc.  Please credit U-Handbag as the designer in your descriptions.
VAT VAT applicable to your country will be added to the pattern price.

You will get a PDF (630KB) file

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