Wool + Wax Tote PDF Pattern

Note: This is a digital (PDF) sewing pattern.

A classic and sophisticated tote featuring waxed canvas. This simple and elegant tote will look great with anything and will keep your must-have essentials close at hand. A divided front pocket is perfect for stashing keys and a phone. Don't let the name fool you, this tote is great in all types of fabrics (see recommended fabrics below)!

Special features:

  • divided front pocket
  • interior slip pocket
  • tips for working with waxed canvas
  • links for sources

***Full VIDEO tutorial by Jess of Okla Roots available here

Skill Level/Dimensions/Materials:

Skill Level: Beginner

+ Approx. Finished Dimensions: 13” W, 15” H, 3” deep [33 x 38.1 x 7.6 cm]

Materials needed:

Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric.

  • 3/4 yard exterior fabric
  • 1 yard lining fabric (non-directional)
  • 1/2 yard contrast bottom fabric
  • 2 1/4 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF101 - 20" wide)
  • (2) 1”-wide leather handles or cotton webbing, 28” long
  • Optional: (3) 8-9 mm double cap rivets and setting tool

Recommended Fabrics:  Waxed canvas for contrast bottom. Cotton or blended canvas, waxed canvas, denim, wool, twill, home dec for Exterior and Lining. 

*If substituting regular canvas for contrast bottom, additional interfacing may be needed for desired structure (½ yard of byAnnie’s Soft and Stable recommended).

Additional supplies + tools: Polyester thread, chalk or water-soluble pen, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, turning tool, size 14 or 16 denim needle

Pattern/Download Information:

For Digital (PDF) pattern:

Please download (and save) the pattern files to your computer! You will have 9 download attempts, keep in mind each time you open to view the file counts as an attempt.

This pattern is delivered as 4 PDF files (instructions, print-at-home, print-at-home assembly guide, and A0 file). 
  • PDF pattern includes:
    • measurements for all pieces (all are rectangles!)
    • optional Print-at-Home Letter/A4 file for templates for ALL pattern pieces (including rectangles)
    • optional A0 file for templates for ALL pattern pieces (including rectangles) for printing at a copy shop (new to A0? click here)
    • metric and imperial measurements included!
    • detailed step-by-step instructions and professional illustrations
  • The file is an instant download. Please be sure to check the email address you entered at checkout, the instant download link will be sent to that email address. After purchase is complete you will also be redirected to a page with the download link.

Sell finished items! You (the purchaser of this pattern) can sell finished sewn items made using this pattern (on a home-based scale)credit to Anna Graham www.noodle-head.com is appreciated!

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