Who says functional can’t also be fabulous?! This generously-sized tote is a perfect carryall for everything from daily chores to weekend getaways. The popular pattern originally debuted “way back when” on the S4H site and was then updated to be featured in our debut Bags & Totes book. We’ve now brought it back, making it available for individual purchase by all our Sew4Home fans and followers as an exclusive pattern in the Gilded Tote in Etsy.

The bold combination of graphic chevrons and a metallic faux leather is a winner that works year ‘round. As always, the final fabric choices are yours, but a strong blend of motifs and textures is the mark of designer bags you find in boutiques for top dollar. You can make it your own and make it for less.

Clever double handles made from wide cotton webbing allow you to grab and carry the bag with one hand or sling it over your shoulder.

The top opening of the tote is secured with a full inset zipper. Before you break out in a sweat hearing the words, “inset zipper” – take a deep breath; we give you the detailed instructions you need to make it happen. You’ll also get to practice making deep box corners.

As an ePattern, the S4H Gilded Tote includes instructions and photos to take you through each step of the construction. It does not include materials. As with our site-based projects, there are additional links within the downloadable PDF pattern that take you to our in-depth, step-by-step tutorials for all the specialty techniques.

You’ll love the extra details that add to a pro finish inside and out, like the easy-to-grab zipper end tabs, fussy cutting that matches our motif along both sides and across the inset zipper, and a large, divided pocket in the lining.

The tote finishes at approximately 15″ high x 18″ wide at the base and 23″ wide at the top x 5″ in depth with 15″ shoulder straps and 10″ handle loops.

There are two PDF files included in this $5.50 pattern purchase. As a digital download, we understand you are providing the paper and ink and so have included flexible printing alternatives. The first file contains all the steps and all the full color instructional photos; it’s a great option for viewing on your computer or other digital device to fully understand the construction process. The second file is condensed to black and white with just the steps (no photos) to make printing even more efficient. Both files can be printed on either US Letter paper or A4 paper, using Adobe Acrobat Reader (a free program).

During these unprecedented times, project creation costs are rising, sourcing fabrics and notions is very challenging, and competition for sponsorship dollars fierce. We’re grateful to be able to explore other opportunities such as our Etsy Shop offerings. If you’re a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we work very hard to keep virtually all of our content free to you as the end user, and we are determined to keep the cost of our Etsy Shop patterns affordable. It’s all about being able to continue to do what we love, in order to bring you what you love.

The full Gilded Tote pattern set is just $5.50, which is a fraction of the cost of most independent and commercial patterns.

Click to our Etsy Shop to purchase the Gilded Tote pattern.

While there, you can also find patterns for our Birds on a Wire Appliqué Pillow, Sewing Survival Machine Sew On Embroidered Patch, as well as the Sewing Survival Machine Embroidery Downloads, Forest Friends Embroidered Kitchen Towel Set,  Folk Art Embroidered Zip Pouch SetBackpack Diaper BagQuilted Sewing Machine Mat & Notions CaddyTufted Patchwork Floor CushionsCook’s ApronSlim Messenger Bag, and our handy Sewing Cheat Card Set.

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