Granny Tote PDF Sewing Pattern | Make a granny bag to use as a handbag purse or project tote.


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Sew a bound top tote bag (aka: Granny Bag) using this SEWING PATTERN.

This bag makes a sweet handbag or project tote.

The inside has pockets on each side.

Piping around the sides and bottom gives it structure and helps keep its shape. The instructions show how to make your own fabric piping from fabric cut on the cross grain. The piping can also be skipped to save time or if you just don't feel like using it.

The handle length is for a handbag, but instructions include a suggested measurement for making it into a shoulder bag.

The bag closes with a small flap and magnetic snap.

This sewing pattern is a paper and ink friendly 12-pages: 8-pages of text & color photo instructions & 4-pages of black & white pattern pieces. Formatted for standard 8.5" x 11" paper--no resizing necessary.

Sewing Skill Level: Intermediate - Those with solid bag sewing experience who are up for new challenges & expanding their skills.

Finished Dimensions: 11” wide x 11” tall x 2.25” deep (28 x 28 x 6cm)

Supplies (Materials You Provide):
• 1/2 yard 44” wide exterior fabric
• 2/3 yard 44” wide lining fabric
• 1/3 yard 38” wide fabric for piping & binding for trim/handles
• 2 yards of 5/32” piping cord
• 1/2 yard 45” wide fusible fleece
• 1 ¼ yard 20” wide fusible interfacing
• (1) 14mm magnetic snap
• Ruler or yardstick
• Fabric marking pen or chalk
• Fray Check
• Basic sewing notions/tools
• Zipper foot and/or piping foot for your machine

Sew It & Sell It: Bags made using this pattern can be sold in your own online store, local boutiques, craft fairs, etc. Please offer design credit in written descriptions.

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Average review
Jun 6, 2018 by Amy Conway
love all of her patterns
May 8, 2015 by Verna Hernon
I have downloaded the pattern. Will be trying it out soon. Thanks!
Oct 25, 2014 by Debbie Jones
What easy to follow instructions!! Awesome!
Jul 19, 2014 by stacy Alfano
Love your patterns. Thanks for the little piping tutorial! Thanks Michelle!
Apr 8, 2014 by Trudi

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