Tortoise Bag PDF sewing pattern


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This stylish bag features a unique top zip closure and front handles and side strap. Available in 3 different size options, this bowling-style bag will be some major arm candy in your favorite fabrics!

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Finished Size:

small 9” long x 9” high x 5” deep (23cm x 23cm x 12.7cm)
medium 11-1/2” long x 8-1/2” high x 6-1/4” deep (29cm x 21.6cm x 16cm)
large 13” long x 11” high x 7” deep (33cm x 28cm x 18cm)


3/4 yard (0.7 metre) of Exterior Fabric
3/4 yard (0.7 metre) of Lining Fabric
1/2 yard (0.5 metre) of solid fabric (quilting cotton or leather) for piping, handles, and strap
1/2 yard (0.5 metre) of foam interfacing (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam, Bosal In-R-Form, or automotive headliner; if using Flex Foam, it is only 20” wide so please purchase double)
2-1/2 yards (2.25 metre) of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing (medium-weight fusible)
1/4 yard (0.25 metre) of Pellon Peltex #71F one-sided fusible ultra-firm interfacing
Four 1” metal rectangles
Two triangle rings (or substitute d-rings) with 1” opening (2.5cm)
Two swivel clips with 1” opening (2.5cm)
One 9” (22.85cm) zipper for zippered pocket in lining
Two #3 All-Purpose Zippers (same color) – small – 14” (35.5cm) medium – 18” (45.75cm) large – 18” (45.75cm)
*It is vital to use a #3 zipper (skirt/dress zipper) here for this design. Do not use metal zippers.
Optional false bottom:1 sheet ultra stiff plastic cross stitch template and foam core board (in school supply section)
For optional piping:
5/32” cotton cording (I use Dritz Cable Cord) – (small – 1-1/4 yard; medium – 1-1/2 yard; large – 2 yards) (1.10 metre- 1.4 metre – 1.8 metre)
2 yards (1.8 metre) of 1/2” (1.27cm) wide Pellon Wonder Under fusible web tape (or washable glue stick)

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Average review
Apr 1, 2018 by Felicia J
This is my second sew sweetness pattern. If this is anything like the Aeroplane bag this should fun challenge to sew.
Jan 17, 2017 by Kim Bradfield

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