The Waterlily Waxed Canvas Tote (2 versions) - PDF Sewing pattern
NEW! This pattern is now available in 2 versions for the same price. Please log in to your account to download the separate tutorial file for the mini version
When you purchase this pattern, you will now receive 2 files - one for the regular version (11” W x 14.5” H x 5” D) and one for a modified version (11” W x 11.25” H x 5” D). The modified version still has the same amount of pockets however it will come with a tutorial to make the rolled handles as pictured (includes a video to make the handles). See the last 5 photos for more examples of this new version!
PLEASE NOTE: This pattern consists mostly of rectangle shapes, therefore, there are only 2 printable pattern pieces. The remaining pieces are cut to measurement to save on paper and avoiding a very large document. If you intend to make this bag often, I recommend preparing your own templates out of card stock or something similar.
The Waterlily is a large sized tote that can be made in waxed canvas, cork, vinyl, regular cotton fabric or a combination of these materials.
It has one exterior zippered pocket hidden under a small flap, and 2 large slip pockets on the back. It has 2 top carry handles and one removable adjustable strap.
The interior of the bag has a zippered main closure, one interior zippered pocket and 3 interior slip pockets.
If you'd like to learn more about working with waxed canvas, you can read my tutorial here:
1/2 yard waxed canvas or cotton fabric
1/4 yard cork or vinyl (you can use fabric if you prefer)
OPTIONAL: 40” of 1.5” Webbing for HANDLE
Lining fabric: 1 yard quilt weight cotton
Note: all fabric quantities will vary depending on fabric width and fabric print (for fussy cutting).
1/2 - 1 yard fusible fleece (46” wide)
4-6 yards fusible woven interfacing (20” wide)
11” W x 4.75” H Peltex or similar
*quantities of interfacing vary significantly depending on whether you are using waxed canvas or fabric for your bag’s exterior
Notions and supplies:
(2) 1.5” swivel clasps
(1) 1.5” rectangle slide
(2) 1” D-rings
(2) 14” zippers
(1) 8” zipper (#3 dress zipper)
(1) metal zipper end
Measurements: 11” W x 14.5” H x 5” D
SEWING EXPERIENCE: This project is suitable for an intermediate sewist. Preparation time will likely take the longest because construction is fairly straightforward, consisting mostly of straight lines. It will take approximately 5-6 hours for your first, less time for subsequent bags.
PLEASE NOTE: This pattern is in ENGLISH only.
FREE VIDEO TUTORIAL: