Tote and Tutorial



I made this purse a while ago, and it’s taken me a ridiculously long time to post it. I was doing my regular free fabric collecting when I came across these samples that were just too good to pass up! I was just shocked at how close the colors were, and how well the different textures go together. So, I made a tote from it!

I was wanting to do something a little different from the pleated purse pattern which I made not too long ago. So, I made it a little smaller, and added a different kind of pleat in the design. It was surprisingly easy to make it, I think I’ll be doing it again in leather. I’ve got some good leather that I think would look nice. I scanned the pattern in, and made a printer friendly pattern that you can download here¬†or click the button below.


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    1. Judy says:

      What type of fabric did you use? It looks soft but thick. I looked at upholstery fabric at Joanns, but they all had a stiff backing.

      • Melissa says:

        I used designer textile fabric from a freecycle! A couple in the San Francisco area used to collect discontinued samples from design centers and give it away for free. Sometimes you can find great textiles in the most unusual places!

    2. Carol says:

      Looks like a good tote

    3. Bente says:

      Thank you! Looking forward to make this one :-)

    4. Angeline Stephens says:

      Looks like a great purse! What materials do you suggest for this purse?

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