Nova Tote Bag Pattern PDF - Medium and Large with Quilt Block Pocket


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Durable double layer of canvas
Contrast bottom and straps
Quick construction
Featured quilt block pocket
Instructions to make a double star quilt block pocket
Comparable sized quilt blocks can be substituted for a wide variety of options
Bias or twill bound interior seams
Optional plain pocket panel
Optional lining


Large Tote: 20” W x 7” D, 14 1/2" H; bottom 13” W; handle drop 10”
Medium Tote: 16” W x 6” D x 13” H; bottom 10” W; handle drop 8 1/2”

Main canvas fabric*: 1 1/8 yard 59” wide duck canvas or 1 1/3 yard 44” wide fabric

Contrast canvas straps & bottom*: 1 yard 59” wide duck canvas contrast fabric (1/2 yard if using webbing for straps) or 1 yard 44” fabric (1/2 yard if using webbing for straps)

Binding: Two strips of 2 1/4” wide x width of fabric (WOF) quilting weight cotton

Optional twill tape or bias binding for finishing interior edges**: 1 package 1” wide twill tape in color matching main canvas - or - 1 package 1/2” extra wide double fold bias binding

Optional lining*: 2/3 yard 54” or 44” wide quilting weight cotton

Optional webbing straps: 2 1/2 yards of 1 1/2” webbing (if you prefer quick construction webbing handles in place of canvas handles)

*Additional yardage may be required for directional or one way print fabric
**Twill/bias tape is not needed if lining the bag


Pattern instructions are for canvas. Home décor or quilting weight fabric may be used in place of duck canvas with the addition of one main panel of heavy interfacing, such as Pellon Peltex #70 or Annie’s Soft and Stable, basted behind the exterior; lining will be required to cover interfacing on the pocket and main panel. Other options include one main panel of home décor or quilting weight cotton over two main panels of canvas - OR - one main panel of home décor or quilting weight cotton over one main panel of quilt batting and one main panel of canvas.

When using lighter weight fabric for handles, to add stability and prevent stretching, insert 1 1/4” or 1 1/2" webbing inside straps prior to stitching.