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New Pattern – The Flexi Tote

It’s taken a while, but I’m really excited to launch my latest pattern, the Flexi Tote!

PDF Sewing Pattern for DIY Small Tote. Add pockets or make with patchwork to make it your own. The Flexi Tote!

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I first made this bag last year as a Christmas present – my in-laws have a farm shop nearby that they pop too quite regularly for a few bits and pieces, and I wanted to make them something which would be tough, durable, reusable and not too big!

The first version I made (or the standard version, as I’ve called it in the pattern) is made using a heavy-weight fabric such as canvas, denim or upholstery weight fabric.

As a result, you don’t need to worry about adding interfacing for extra stability, making the tote that much quicker to make (always a good thing, in my eyes!), yet still tough and durable. And because there are only six pieces to the pattern it comes together really quickly!

The Flexi Tote PDF sewing pattern - a small tote that can be used for lunch, shopping or craft projects. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

As I worked on the pattern though, it struck me just how many different ways it could be adapted – the perfect bag to DIY: make a patchwork version with lining,  add slip pockets on the inside, a contrast hem or even include a zip top – in combination with Insulbrite wadding, it would make a great lunch bag!

My personal favourite combination so far is a denim/heavyweight fabric for the gusset and patchwork sides…….linings and pockets a bonus depending on what I want to use it for!!!

The Flexi Tote PDF sewing pattern - a small tote that can be adapted to use for lunch, shopping or craft projects. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The finished bag measures 10.5″ wide x 9″ tall (excluding handles) x 6.5″ deep – a good size for carrying the essentials, or even making it a great project bag for whatever knitting or crochet you happen to be working on!

The Flexi Tote PDF sewing pattern - a small tote that can be adapted to use for lunch, shopping or craft projects. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I’ve worked really hard to make the pattern easy to follow and adapt to make YOUR perfect bag and have been blown away by the different versions that my testers have made!

The Flexi Tote PDF sewing pattern - a small tote that can be used for lunch, shopping or craft projects. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
The Flexi Tote PDF sewing pattern - a small tote that can be used for lunch, shopping or craft projects. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Flexi Tote Pattern Details

  • Finished Size: 10.5″ wide x 9″ tall (excluding handles) x 6.5″ deep.
  • Fabric Requirements: 1/2m for the standard version.
  • Pattern: available as a PDF instant download with 23 pages and over 50 step-by-step instructions to create 3 different versions of the tote.

If you’d like to make your own Flexi Tote, please visit my Etsy shop to find the pattern and let me know if you make one. Use the tag #flexitote so that I can find it on Instagram, I’d love to see how you adapt it!

Thanks for popping by,

S x

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The Flexi Tote PDF sewing pattern - a small tote that can be used for lunch, shopping or craft projects. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence