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summer madras tote pattern

Find the full tutorial here.

So honored to join in on the fun of free pattern month today at Grosgrain.  There has been so many awesome patterns already, and hopefully you’ll find this one handy for summer.


I scored lots of madras last week for $2 a yard and couldn’t think of a better project than a fun and functional summer tote.

There’s always room in your collection for another bag, right?!  I hope so.

The best part is that the exterior and lining of the bag is made with 1/2 yard cuts, so I think in total my bag cost me around $8, not to shabby.  Plus I won’t feel bad kicking it around at the library, ice cream shop, and around town.

With two exterior front pockets my super important stuff won’t ever get lost at the bottom of the bag, and this tote is a big one.

Find the full pattern and how-to on Grosgrain HERE!

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41 Responses to summer madras tote pattern

  1. Jess 05.20.2011 at 12:08 pm #

    fabulous Anna! I love the outside pockets!

  2. Krista 05.20.2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I love it! Those outside pockets are fab. Off to check out the pattern…

  3. Tammy 05.20.2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Very cute. Like Jess, I love the outside pockets!

  4. Jessabells 05.20.2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Super cute and great bag.


  5. Chris 05.20.2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Yet another wonderful bag, Anna. I think the outer pockets are genius.

  6. Sew Much Ado 05.20.2011 at 2:01 pm #

    So cute Anna! I need a bag like that, and I love the madras! I can’t wait to see what other projects we see it popping up in :).

  7. longredthread 05.20.2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Hello from Poland :). I’ve just discovered your blog & it’s AMAZING. I love the idea of free pattern month as well. BTW I also sew at home and blog about it Fell free to check it out :).

  8. Kari 05.20.2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Great job Anna, I absolutely love this bag!!

  9. MiniBinoy 05.20.2011 at 2:18 pm #

    luv the checked fabric!!beautiful!!!

  10. sewkatiedid 05.20.2011 at 2:33 pm #

    You make the best bags Anna. I still need to make the pintuck pillow.

    p.s. I redid my invisible zipper tutorial and I think it’s easier.

  11. dana 05.20.2011 at 2:56 pm #

    love love love this bag. Totally cute!

  12. Carolyn 05.20.2011 at 3:07 pm #

    What a perfect bag for the summer…I could so use that to lug stuff to all sorts of places!

  13. alayne 05.20.2011 at 3:32 pm #

    very cute! i love it.

  14. Kerry 05.20.2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Great great bag- I have a Cath Kidston one similar to this but you have definitely improved on it! Very useable!

  15. Jeannie 05.20.2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Super nice!! I love all the room and pockets.

  16. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 05.20.2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Super cute bag, Anna! I still want to see that bracelet though:).

  17. Ana Degenaar 05.20.2011 at 4:53 pm #

    That is perfection in a tote.

  18. Erin 05.20.2011 at 5:06 pm #

    great tote! i just made three tote bags this week that are super similar. wacky!

  19. Heather 05.20.2011 at 6:39 pm #

    YOU and YOUR totes = h.e.a.v.e.n.

    X, H.

  20. make it perfect 05.20.2011 at 7:41 pm #

    great all-purpose bag anna…love it!
    perfect church bag too.

  21. Cindy 05.20.2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Really nice, Anna! Perfect fabric for summer!:)

  22. CraftCrave 05.21.2011 at 12:42 am #

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [21 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  23. 05.21.2011 at 8:17 am #

    Great bag, Anna! I love the yellow lining! Erin

  24. Lee 05.21.2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Really cute! Love the plaid!

  25. Dalya 05.22.2011 at 2:45 am #

    Where did you score the $2/yd madras cloth?! I’m so curious, would love to get some to make a simple blanket!

    The bag is fabulous by the way, my fav part is the outside pocket! Love the bias tape addition :) Thanks for making the free pattern/tut!

  26. Anna 05.22.2011 at 10:11 am #

    Sorry Dalya, I forgot to mention that the madras came from my local hancock fabrics. :) It was an awesome score.

  27. Meggie 05.22.2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Beautiful tote! I love the details- it makes me want to go on a picnic!

  28. Rebekka Seale 05.23.2011 at 5:54 pm #

    I don’t think you can ever have too many bags!

  29. ayumills 05.23.2011 at 9:53 pm #

    I love this tote and the fabric you used is so cute!

  30. amy 05.24.2011 at 5:14 am #

    So cute Anna and the madras is fantastic!!!

  31. linda 05.24.2011 at 5:16 pm #

    i have just finished this tote tonight and it looks fab but i think i would make the handles a bit longer next time thanks for the tute

  32. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 05.25.2011 at 1:33 am #

    Love the bag, Anna. I really like the bright yellow lining peeking out. Love madras!

  33. nadelundgabel 05.25.2011 at 5:27 am #

    A great summer tote, and really easy to sew, for beginners like me as well! You find my version on:

  34. Jenny 05.26.2011 at 1:56 pm #

    I love the madras print! It’s so happy and summery. :)

  35. lastdogz 05.26.2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I found you via Grosgrain but wanted to come over to comment. I just finished my bag tonight! That’s the fastest I’ve ever found a project, purchased the supplies, and completed it. I too love a good exterior pocket. I added a snap to close the bag. Thanks for sharing the easy-to-follow pattern.

  36. twin fibers 05.28.2011 at 7:50 am #

    love it!

  37. Darcy 05.29.2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Hey Anna! I was just wondering if the 14″ measurement on the handles is correct – they look longer in the picture. Can’t wait to make one of these! Thanks for another great tutorial!

  38. Anna 05.29.2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Hey Darcy. Yep you’re right, I had made a typo on the measurements, so they’re supposed to be 24″ long each. :) Sorry about that! I also noted it in the comments section at grosgrain.

  39. Darcy 05.30.2011 at 1:00 pm #

    That makes way more sense – I was guessing 28 so I was pretty close :-) Thanks again, you are clearly very on top of things!

  40. lastdogz 07.13.2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Oh good, I thought I had giant arms. I pinned them at 14″ and decided no way that would work.

    I just finished my second bag as a gift for my mom’s birthday. Thanks again for sharing the tutorial.

  41. sylvia 07.27.2011 at 7:08 pm #

    This bag is so pretty + practical that i had to to made my own one :)

    You can see it here:

    sunny greetings from Spain,

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