Hey everyone! This month, I released the Ava Tote Bag pattern and wanted to share how you can access this pattern for free! I’ve been using this bag so much for shopping and general errands, so I decided to create a sewing pattern so you can enjoy this bag too. I have a beginner-friendly sew-along video on Skillshare, which you can follow along to at your own pace and download the pattern for free.
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Alternatively, you can find my tote bag pattern over on my Etsy shop.
The Ava pattern is an easy and practical tote bag that is straightforward and quick to sew! This is a perfect beginner-friendly project that uses less than a metre of fabric and can be sewn in 1 hour.
The finished dimensions of the bag are 12″ Width x 14″ Height (30 x 35 cm) This tote bag pattern has a more square, boxy bottom creating a more structured and stable finish. There are two options for this sewing pattern. Version A is a simple, classic tote bag and Version B includes a stylish colour blocking effect. You will need a sewing machine to make this bag, an overlocker is optional for finishing seams.
This pattern uses less than 1 metre of fabric and works best with Canvas, Linen and Upholstery weighted fabrics. Version A uses 1/2 a metre of fabric and Version B uses 1/2 a metre of fabric and 1/3 a metre of fabric for the colour blocking effect. Both examples of the pattern in the photographs are made with canvas fabrics.
I hope you enjoy sewing this bag! I’d love to see your makes!
Choosing the fabric
So I was gifted this beautiful Liberty cotton by Minerva Fabrics and I knew instantly that it would be perfect for this type of dress that I had in mind. The fabric is super soft and the floral print feels very autumnal because of the shades of brown, blue and orange. I personally love sewing these types of gathered dresses in cotton because it holds the gathers beautifully and feels really lightweight without being see through.