Explorer Tote

   
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Enjoy filling up the large size tote for an overnight getaway! Or make the small tote size for everyday use.

Special features:

  • front pocket, divided back pocket, and large divided interior slip pocket

  • open top or recessed zipper closure options, flap with closure provides extra security for both

  • large size includes short handles and a detachable strap, small size features over the shoulder straps

Skill Level: Advanced beginner

+ Approx. Finished Dimensions: 22” W, 14” H, 7” deep – large (18” W, 13” H, 4” deep – small)

Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric.

Size small noted in { }.

  • 1 yard Exterior Fabric
  • 1 3/4 yard {1 yard} Lining Fabric (includes interior pocket)
  • 1/2 yard Contrast Bottom*
  • ½ yard {¼ yard} Accent Fabric (includes strap/handles)
  • 2 ¼ yards {2 yards} Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101 – 20”-wide)
  • 3/4 yard {½ yard} Fusible Fleece (Pellon 987F – 44” wide)
  • 1 yard {½ yard} Fusible Medium-weight Interfacing (Pellon 809 – 44” wide)
  • (2) 1”-wide metal D-rings (large only – for detachable strap)
  • 1 ½”-wide metal strap slider (large only – for detachable strap)
  • (2) 1 ½”-wide metal swivel snaps (large only – for detachable strap)
  • 24” {20”} purse zipper (for optional recessed zipper closure)
  • Small Turn Lock (approx. 1-3/8” x 3/4”  is recommended)

Recommended Fabrics: *Waxed Canvas for contrast bottom. Waxed canvas, cotton canvas, cotton/linen canvas, denim, home dec for exterior. Medium weight (5-6 oz.) fabric for accent. Quilting cotton for lining.

*If substituting fabric types for contrast bottom, additional interfacing may be needed for desired structure (½ yard of byAnnie’s Soft and Stable recommended).

Additional supplies + tools: Polyester thread, water-soluble pen/tailor’s chalk, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, turning tool, seam sealant (such as Fray Check), denim or Microtex needle, pinking shears, small scrap of heavy interfacing – Pellon Peltex 71F, (optional) two {one} 8-9mm rivets/rivet setter, (optional) one (size 24) pronged metal snap and snap setter for large tote