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It's A Cinch Tote

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With it's roomy practical size and smart (but easy-going) looks, this bag is sure to become an often-used everyday favourite. This bag features; 2 handy pockets (one external zip pocket and a lining pocket) an easy to insert zip top and clever cinching straps that make the bag more compact and boxy if desired. It may not look like it, but this bag design uses a easy to insert zip. This particular zip technique looks professional and involves no hand sewing (big bonus!). With it's versatile easy-going looks this bag just seems to fit in happily wherever it goes. It's looks smart enough for an up-town shopping trip, or for the more stylish student, but it looks just as great at a summer picnic or as 'loads of things to do, loads of places to go to' kind of bag. Another great feature about this bag is that you can cinch-in the sides to make the bag more compact, this is very useful when you have packed light and you don't want the contents to roll around in the bag (this is great for keeping things like gadgets/laptop under control when you run for the bus!). Features we love: Great value pattern which includes many (optional) features/techniques Nice and roomy - easily fits folders & Laptops Easy to install zip In fact, the whole bag is pretty easy to put together Secure external zip pocket Smart preppy looks, but still a relaxed style Cinching straps make the bag more compact. Sewing Pattern includes 7 pages of clear step by step instructions with plenty of helpful colour photos and instructions for drawing out the simple rectangle pattern. I am happy for you to make to: keep, give or sell! Visit our Bag Making Supplies shop. We stock all you need to make the bag pattern. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic knowledge using a sewing machine Read and follow a pattern SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 18.5" (W) x 12" (H)

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1 yard Woven Iron On Interfacing
  • 1 yard Lining Fabric
  • 4 yards 1" wide Strap Webbing

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Once upon a time, Lisa Lam received lots of lovely off-cuts from a curtain maker and thought they might sell as bags. Boy was she right! During her bag-sewing escapades, Lisa realized the supplies she needed weren't as easy to obtain as they should be. That's how her site,, was born! Now, she spends most of her time designing sewing patterns and kits, putting together tutorials for future bag fanatics and sourcing yummy fabrics, handles, patterns and accessories. She's also the author of two best-selling bag books: <i>The Bag Making Bible</i> and <i>A Bag for All Reasons</i>.