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The Waterlily Waxed Canvas Tote (2 versions) - PDF Sewing pattern

The Waterlily Waxed Canvas Tote (2 versions) - PDF Sewing pattern

$12.00 CAD

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  

Mini Waterlily

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:



Exterior fabric:
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.


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