241 Tote Pattern

It’s here!  Hope you’ll enjoy making a new spring tote!
In this pattern you’ll find:
  • step-by-step instructions with professional easy to understand illustrations for making two versions of the 241 Tote
  • one version of the bag has two exterior side pockets (great for beginners), the other has two exterior zippered pockets (for those who might want a bit of a challenge).
  • full size print-at-home pattern pieces
  • interior pocket
  • magnetic snap closure
  • includes License to Sell finished 241 Totes
By purchasing this pattern, I also give you (the purchaser of this pattern) the rights to sell 241 Totes made using this pattern (on a home based scale). Additional information regarding the license to sell is included in the 241 Tote Pattern.

Approx. Finished Dimensions: 15″ wide, 10″ tall, 24″ including the handle, 5″ across the base

Materials needed:

  • 1/2 yard exterior
  • 1/2 yard lining
  • 1/2 yard accent fabric
  • 1/2 yard strap, pockets
  • 14mm magnetic snap
  • Two 5” zippers (optional)
  • 1 1/2 yards fusible woven interfacing
  • thread
  • water soluble pen

This is a 9 page PDF pattern with full size print-at-home pattern pieces and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with color photographs and professional illustrations.

91 thoughts on “241 Tote Pattern

  1. Ruth says:

    Oooooh! So many fab bags, so little time. This pattern looks like a keeper though!

  2. Ficou linda e delicada..

  3. Rachael says:

    awesome! I just ordered it! can’t wait to make this bag!

  4. Tez says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I’ve been coming back every day to see if it is here yet, I’m so pumped to try it. Oops! I need printer ink first.

  5. Jeannie says:

    I really want to make this with the zippers now. Super nice bag!

  6. hungiegungie says:

    Love this! You make such great bags, Anna!

  7. Suzanne says:

    I love this pattern! Just purchased it — can’t wait to make one for myself!

  8. dana says:

    very unique! I love it!

  9. mOnTy says:

    wuua I like it very much. The most is that you have done it yourself! I like your blog.

  10. Elsa says:

    ever since I saw the pattern I wanted one! just purchased the pattern and looking forward to making one!

  11. sewtakeahike says:

    Oh I can’t WAIT to make the 241, Anna!

  12. gret says:

    Great final pics Anna, I’ve blogged mine too. 🙂

  13. good on you anna – it looks great!

  14. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [26 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  15. Yay! I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this pattern. I just purchased a copy. Now I am sitting here refreshing my inbox again and again hoping it arrives 🙂

  16. I’m really loving the two outside pockets. This is another winner, Anna. Really nice.

  17. Kelly O. says:

    can I just tell you how great you look in these photos!! such a diva! 😉

  18. JuneBug says:

    Can’t wait to make this one! Thanks Anna.

  19. Anna Joy says:

    I love this bag! I tried to create a tote for myself but I think I’m going to give that up and just use one of your patterns!

  20. Melissa says:

    Congrats!! The bag is beautiful! I love how you can see the zippers on the outside when the bag is reversed!!

  21. Poppyprint says:

    $7 are you kidding me? With a licence to sell? You’re amazingly generous. I am constantly making bags to donate to auctions and will add this one to my pattern file immediately!!

  22. jayayceeblog says:

    Woohoo, I just bought your pattern. I’m so excited!!!

  23. Suzee says:

    Just purchased 🙂 I love the outside pockets. That’s a must for me! I love your blog and work you do.

  24. Mandalin says:

    That’s one fab bag!

  25. It’s really different looking !!! I love it !!!!!

  26. Ann says:

    Love the bag and the material. Just found your blog I will be following thanks Ann

  27. Sarah K says:

    Love it! Came together in a flash, too!

  28. Hilari says:

    This came together great! I’ve made one for my mom so far and one for me! Can’t wait to make more!

  29. Susannah says:

    bought it. made it. LOVE IT!!!

    See it on my blog!

  30. Bakarasz says:

    I’ve just bought your pattern, this bag is so great, I couldn’t resist!!! Thank you!

  31. I just finished this bag last night! I love it!!! i really love that my sons sippy cups fit in the side pocket 🙂 thanks for another great pattern!!!

  32. LuAnn says:

    LOVE this pattern – on my list of “must get!” Can I make a suggestion for your patterns? You might want to include approximate finished sizes – gives people a better idea of the size. my daughter loves the tote – she’s 14 and into taking a different purse/bag to school every day. Her first question when I asked if she liked it was “how big is it?” LOL

  33. Torba rewelacja.Brawo

  34. kristina says:

    such a great pattern – very easy to follow, even for me who is a total beginner 🙂 you can see my bag here

  35. Susuko says:

    It´s midnight here in Berlin and I just finished my 241 bag – which pattern I bought last week.
    I love it! To the 2 pockets in the outside I also put 4 more pockets in the inside. Tomorrow with daylight I will make fotos.
    Thank you for the wonderful pattern!
    Greetings from Berlin, Germany,

  36. Anonymous says:

    I am thinking of buying this pattern but would like to know the finished dimentions first. Can you tell me how big it is?

  37. Anna says:

    hey anonymous, I’ve got to print out my pattern pieces and check – gave all my sample bags away! 🙂

  38. Anna says:

    okay, sorry it took me sooo long!

    approximate finished size:
    12″ wide
    13″ tall
    15″ handle drop
    there are nice sized darts that give the bag a nice capacity…

  39. tusen says:

    I love the shape of this bag. I have just bought and printed the pattern, hope to start sewing tomorrow morning as it’s a bit too late today.

  40. tusen says:

    And done. I enjoyed making it very much.
    If you’d like to check it out, it’s here:

  41. Anonymous says:

    Made my first one and oh so easy. I can see many Christmas gifts being made this year!

  42. I really love this bag! I made it yesterday and LOVE it. The side pockets take keys and spex, the shape is perfect – the little darts make it stand upright,too. Just the right size and length of strap. I am so pleased I bought the pattern, it would have taken years to make without! Worth every penny! I’ve bought the Go Anywhere as well, but I’m going to make another 241 with fabric from Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  43. I’ve made another two of these – getting really good at it now! – and they look completely different in the different fabrics. My only problem is which one to choose!

  44. I made this bag a few days ago and i love it. plans to make for gifts soon!!! i even blogged about it myself.

    have a great day!

  45. Daniela says:

    thanks for this awesome pattern!
    i just finished the first bag ( a smaller version for my daughter) and it’s such a beautiful design.
    the pattern is well written and so easy to follow – wonderful job!

  46. Rebecca says:

    I just made another one of these bags – I think it’s my sixth one? Turns out great every time!

  47. That’s a really nice bag, great size too. I will definatly buy one pattern soon 🙂

  48. This bag by Charissa Blattman was featured @ here:

  49. Chase says:

    Just bought the pattern and can’t wait to make it!!

  50. Just saw this via Poppyprint’s blog; I’m on my iPhone now but the next time I’m on a PC, I am definitely buying this pattern!

  51. Patti says:

    I came, I saw I bought!!!

  52. Toby says:

    Why can’t one make patterns to sell from this? I don’t understand as there is no copyright on bag patterns.

    1. Anna says:

      Hi Toby,
      All my patterns include the rights to sell finished items. Is that what you mean?

  53. Laura Herre says:

    Do you ever have contests to win patterns? I don’t sell things I make, I make things for myself as sewing has been part of my recovery after a motorcycle accident and I am head over heels over this pattern and could see it as a future diaper bag if we can still have children but as stupid as it sounds, $8 is a fortune for me. I use a lot of old clothes and bed sheets to make bags and clothing for myself and kids. If you ever have a contest, I would love to try to win this pattern. Let me know. Lbherre@yahoo

  54. Ganxetades says:

    Great pattern!! Thanks!! I just start sewing one year ago and it help me a lot:

  55. Caroline says:

    Just purchased and made this pattern and I love it. Thanks!

  56. LizzieAlone says:

    3/8 seam allowance throughout? Really?

    1. Anna says:

      Yes, that’s correct.

  57. Love this pattern -and several others from you!
    I have just sewn one 241 tote with Indish fabrics and I blogged about it for my French readers here :
    Katell, Toulouse, France

  58. I just blogged about the 241 tote I made last week after admiring your pattern FOREVER! I made it a little larger than the pattern and it’s my new go-to travel bag 🙂 Thanks for a great pattern! You can see it here if you’re interested 🙂

  59. Denise says:

    This bag was my Christmas present to my dear sister-in-law this year… Thanks for this nice pattern and easy to follow instructions !

  60. Lou says:

    Hi there. Love this bag! Just wondering what type of interfacing you suggest. What sort of thickness/weight? Thanks 🙂

    1. Anna says:

      In the pattern I list specifics: Pellon SF101. It’s my favorite interfacing for a casual bag. It’s very durable when combined with a home dec weight fabric, and a little slouchier when fused to a quilting cotton. Both work great though!
      Hope that helps!

    2. Lou says:

      Awesome, thank you!

    3. Lou says:

      Hi again Anna. Sorry to ask you again but the ladies at my local craft/fabric shop were not very helpful! They had a pellon available but not the SF101 that you recommend, it was iron on and about 4 millimeters thick and looked like wadding/batting. They also had iron on interfacing that was very thin. They also had stiffer iron on interfacing as well. Are you able to give me an idea of weight/stiffness that the SF101 is, so I can find something similar?
      Thanks 🙂

    4. Lou says:

      I should mention that I am in Australia and apparently we don’t have pellon!

    5. Anna says:

      Lou, it’s a woven fusible. So it’s much like a cotton broadcloth with a fusible adhesive on one side. Hope that helps!

  61. laulipopnz says:

    I just made this bag today so awesome I love it!
    Blogged it here (down the end) :

  62. Amy says:

    When I printed my pattern out the pocket was too big for the side panel. I cut it down to fit. Just wanted to let you know.

    1. Anna says:

      Hi Amy,
      The pocket is designed to be bigger. If it’s trimmed to the width of the side panel it’ll be pretty difficult to get things in and out of the pockets. Thanks!

  63. Rose Sabey says:

    Just made this bag! Very easy to follow instructions. I even added a second pocket to the inside of the bag for more pockets. Thanks for such a great, cute pattern.

  64. LOVE this pattern! Going to make a few of them 🙂

  65. dolores says:

    This pattern is great and very easy to follow…just finished one and blogged about it here:

    Now I’m going to go purchase the Super Tote!
    Thanks so much Anna!

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