Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Tulip Tote PDF Pattern

I have some exciting news. Today I am releasing my Mini Tulip Tote PDF pattern.  This has been a long time coming.  I don't know how many times I've promised that I'm working on this pattern. Well its done, DONE! And I'm so so happy to share it with you.
This stylish little tote is the size of a small handbag. It is perfect for when you just want to carry the essentials.  It has a wide base so it stands up by itself. The top opens up wide and stays closed snugly with 2 magnetic snaps. There are 2 pockets on the inside to organize your small items. It's quite roomy despite it's small size. The handles are sized to hang on your forearm, but you can lengthen them if you’d like. My favorite thing about the tulip tote is the ruching on the sides. I just love the texture it creates.

This pattern is written for a confident beginner who is ready for a challenge.  There are a few tricky steps that will require a little patience, like keeping those unruly gathers in place and inserting the magnetic snaps. Don't worry, there are plenty of pictures to show you how to make those steps go smoothly.

This pattern features 18 pages of instructions with step by step photos, as well as 2 pattern sheets with printing instructions. Finished Dimensions are 7” tall X 14'' wide X 4'' deep with 16’’ handles. 

Fabric Requirements
1 yard quilting cotton for exterior and pocket
             solid, tone on tone, or small print
1 yard quilting cotton for straps and lining
18’’ x 26’’ sheet of fabric covered foam batting for interfacing, ie: byAnnie’s Soft & Stable
      (Alternative interfacings include needle felted fleece, such as Thermolam, fused to a heavy weight interfacing or automotive headliner fabric)
1 yard heavyweight fusible interfacing for the handles You will only use 2 inches of this in 2  (1’’ x 36’’) cuts. 

I would like to say a HUGE Thank You to all of my wonderful pattern testers. It was so nice hear their comments and see their successes at making these totes.  I also love seeing the different fabric combinations each of them chose.

sewn by Stephanie Bracelin

Sewn by Sarah Ross of  Dilletante Homemade

Sewn by Gina Worsham of Penny Sew Vintage

Sewn by Rebecca Stevenson

Sewn by LaDonna Cook

It's really so exciting to see what people make with a pattern that you write.  If you are interesting in purchasing this pattern you can find it in my ETSY shop.  I hope you'll check it out.

Happy Sewing!


  1. These bags are all simply gorgeous - think I may have to have a go!

  2. These bags are all simply gorgeous - think I may have to have a go!

  3. Love the way this lil gem looks. So excited to try this. Haven't tackled a big with gathers yet. Yay thanks for posting your pattern!!