the shopper - sewing pattern for medium size tote bag


This pattern is for a medium sized tote bag, designed to help you out at the library, farmer's market, or errand running. A perfect way to carry all your stuff in a stylish way!


The shopper tote bag stands 12.5" tall and 11" wide, with a 4" wide gusseted bottom. View A has a single self-strap and flap, view B has double straps of cotton webbing.


Medium to heavyweight denim, corduroy, canvas, duck cloth or upholstery fabric are perfect for the body ("self"), and for the self strap and flap on view A (the second photo). For the straps on view B (the third photo), use medium to heavyweight cotton or nylon webbing, 1" to 2" wide. Self fabric or any medium to lightweight woven fabrics are perfect for the lining, and any woven print (like quilting cotton) is great for the accent on the flap for view A. Avoid fabrics that are sheer, stretchy, knit, drapey, slippery, lightweight, or with pile like velvet or faux fur.


Sewing patterns by Valerie Williams under the label Holland Cox, The Syndicate, or handmade classics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, and are for personal use only.


  • 16 page PDF
  • step-by-step instructions with photographs
  • US imperial measurements
  • view A with a flap and self straps
  • view B with double cotton webbing straps
  • easily expanded to make a large tote

Materials you need at home:

  • 1 yard of self fabric
  • 1/2 yard of lining fabric
  • 1/2 yard lightweight fusible interfacing for view A
  • 1/4 yard of accent fabric for flap on view A
  • 3.5" yards of cotton webbing at least 1" wide for view B
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Valerie Williams

I'm a sewer and crafter who has been making handbags and accessories under the label Holland Cox since 2004, and blogging about sewing and crafting for nearly as long! I love making things, and teaching others how to make!

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