The Weekend Tote

The Weekend Tote Bag sewing pattern

This roomy quilted tote bag has a sturdy strap, secure zip fastening and four pockets for keeping all the essentials to hand when you’re out and about. Our easy bag sewing pattern is the perfect excuse to learn bag-making skills, and is lined and quilted for practical finish.

This pattern is sold out.

It was originally available free with issue 21 of Simply Sewing magazine.

The Weekend Bag 

Free sewing pattern, First published in our September issue 21 (now sold out)

You will need

  • Main bag fabric: 100x112cm (40x44in)
  • Lining fabric: 100x112cm (40x44in)
  • Contrast fabric: 50x112cm (20x44in)
  • Pocket lining fabric: 60x112cm (24x44in)
  • Iron-on wadding: 110x90cm (43x35in)
  • Iron-on interfacing: 40x90cm (16x35in)
  • Zip: 56cm (22in), for the top of the bag
  • Three zips: 18cm (7in), for the pockets
  • Two press fasteners
  • Plastic canvas: 6x31cm (23/8×121/4in), to reinforce the base
  • Three assorted beads with a large centre hole
  • Cotton yarn, for tassel
  • Scraps of ribbon and beads
  • Matching thread
  • Strong glue
  • Basic sewing kit


  • Learn the basics of bag-making
  • Quilt and line a tote bag
  • Attach a sturdy strap
  • Add pockets