Pocket tote bag pattern. Let's go up one more level.

I invite you to go up a level. If you know how to sew a toiletry bag you will know how to sew this tote bag Pocket. The process to sew this tote bag pattern is the same as when you sew a toilet bag, there are only two differences, it is a little bit bigger and you are going to add the handles, otherwise it is exactly the same. In this pattern you will also learn how to sew an outside trouser outside trouser (or skirt) side pocket to a fabric bag.

This digital pattern version of the Pocket tote bag is the big sister of the  basic Pocket tote bag.The latter has neither lining nor zipper, but as many of you asked me to have lining and zipper I have made this updated version. With either of the two you will enjoy and learn so choose the one you like the most. The one with zipper and lining the process of making it is different and that's why I have prepared this video tutorial so we can sew it together.Patron costura tote bag con bolsillo forro cremallera

Tips before you start sewing:

  • Make a list of what you need before you start sewing and have everything ready when you get in front of the machine, do not miss anything. Fabric, lining, zipper, matching thread and nylon tape or similar.
  • Keep your space tidy so that your head is only focused on sewing and not on finding the scissors you've been looking for for an hour.
  • Have your tools in good condition.Good scissors, clean sewing machine and overlock, discard blunt pins...
  • Sew slowly.If you only have an hour today, divide the project into parts and make one. You don't want to finish sewing the bag in a hurry, the result won't be good.
  • Don't be lazy to unpick. Rectify what doesn't fit. You are your own best quality control.
  • Sew and iron, sew and iron. As you sew, keep the iron close to you and iron all the seams. This is a very important part for a good final result of the project.

Video tutorial pattern tote bag pocket with lining and zipper

Another way to finish the corners of the zippers.

In the tutorial sew with me a tote bag with lining and zipper I show you how to sew the zipper in the simplest way, without finishing the ends, it is a very valid option but I want to show you another way so you can choose the one you like the most.

  • Polishing the corners of a zipper is an additional step in the process of making the fabric bag.
  •   The ends of the zipper are cleaner.
  • The zipper is not twister in the seam. You avoid bulging ends.
  • Improves the final quality of the project.

Video tutorial. Another way to finish the corners of the zipper (Go to minute 8.21)


Note: The process of making the video is the same as the one that appears in the printable pdf that you have downloaded although there are some details that may have been modified or omitted due to the type of fabric that I have chosen to make this video. When you have the fabric you are going to use, evaluate which option suits you better and you can even include your own solutions or add new details that do not appear in the printable pdf or in the video tutorial.