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Noodlehead - Explorer Tote Paper Pattern

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    (This is for a paper, hardcopy format of the pattern, which will be mailed to you.  It is not for a .pdf download.)  

    Noodlehead's "Explorer Tote" Paper Pattern

    Enjoy filling up the large size tote for an overnight getaway! Or make the small tote size for everyday use. Special features:

    • front pocket, divided back pocket,and large divided interior slip pocket
    • open top or recessed zipper closure options, flap with closure provides extra security for both
    • large size includes short handles and a detachable strap, small size features over the shoulder straps4

    Approx. Finished Dimensions22” W, 14” H, 7” deep – large (18” W, 13” H, 4” deep – small)

    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

    Materials needed: Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric. Size small noted in { }.

    • 1 yard Exterior Fabric
    • 1 3/4 yard {1 yard} Lining Fabric (includes interior pocket)
    • 1/2 yard Contrast Bottom*
    • ½ yard {¼ yard} Accent Fabric (includes strap/handles)
    • 2 ¼ yards {2 yards} Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101 – 20”-wide)
    • 3/4 yard {½ yard} Fusible Fleece (Pellon 987F – 44” wide)
    • 1 yard {½ yard} Fusible Medium-weight Interfacing (Pellon 809 – 44” wide)
    • (2) 1”-wide metal D-rings (large only – for detachable strap)
    • 1 ½”-wide metal strap slider (large only – for detachable strap)
    • (2) 1 ½”-wide metal swivel snaps (large only – for detachable strap)
    • 24” {20”} purse zipper (for optional recessed zipper closure)
    • Small Turn Lock (approx. 1-3/8” x 3/4”  is recommended)

    Recommended Fabrics: *Waxed Canvas for contrast bottom. Waxed canvas, cotton canvas, cotton/linen canvas, denim, home dec for exterior. Medium weight (5-6 oz.) fabric for accent. Quilting cotton for lining.

    *If substituting fabric types for contrast bottom, additional interfacing may be needed for desired structure (½ yard of byAnnie’s Soft and Stable recommended).

    Additional supplies + tools: 

    Polyester thread, water-soluble pen/tailor’s chalk, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, turning tool, seam sealant (such as Fray Check), denim or Microtex needle, pinking shears, small scrap of heavy interfacing – Pellon Peltex 71F, (optional) two {one} 8-9mm rivets/rivet setter, (optional) one (size 24) pronged metal snap and snap setter for large tote