Lucy Tote Bag sewing pattern review

Hi everyone! I'm Linda from Sew Happily Ever After, and I'm happy to be here blogging for UpCraft Club again.

The Lucy Tote Bag is a very versatile bag that could be an everyday tote for mom just as easily as it could be an activity tote for the kids. For this tote, I paired a fun coloring book print from IKEA with some polka dots. I really thought the coloring book print would be so fun for the kids. I figured they could color it with fabric markers in order to get a truly customized and one of a kind bag.

This is a very generously sized bag that isn't too big and isn't too small. The zip top closure keeps everything safely inside. 

So take a look at everything this tote is holding. And there was plenty of room left over, since it wasn't stuffed completely full. And see that crayon roll up there in the corner? I made that, and you can make one too. You will find the instructions here.

The pattern details:

  • no pattern pieces
  • clear cutting diagrams and measurements
  • step-by-step photos and instructions
  • easy to follow zipper installation--for both zippers (the top and the pocket)
  • easy to customize
  • add more pockets or omit them
  • extend or shorten the handles

If you have never worked with fusible fleece, zippers, or purse hardware, this would be a fantastic beginning project simply because the instructions are so very detailed and well laid out.

The top zipper is a separating zipper. At first I was worried about getting the zipper lined up evenly, but it wasn't a problem with careful sewing.

One side of the bag on the inside is lined with pockets, and there is a zipper pocket on the outside. If I carried this tote, I would use that pocket to keep my phone safe and easy to access.

I like the amount of interfacing used in this pattern. It gives the bag a nice sturdy shape without making it too stiff. All of my children have requested one of these totes. I think that will keep me busy enough for quite a while.

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August 30, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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