Say hello to my first pdf pattern, The Diane Tote! This pattern has been a long time coming but I she is finally ready to be released into the world.
I have been wanting to start making downloadable patterns for some time now. My biggest obstacle was more of a confidence thing, rather than actual creating pattern and sewing it. More importantly, I wanted to make sure I could create a product that women would love to create and enjoy carrying!
How many prototypes did I make. Uh, a lot. The cover bag and the Diane’s above are the ones that said, “Hey, you have a winner here!” Meaning, no alterations or re-measuring needed. Gosh, I must have started this pattern a year ago! I do think the next ones won’t be as hard to release (cross-fingers).
Here are some more Diane details and views:
The Diane Tote opens wide to show an interior with a large zippered pocket on one side and a 2 or 3 pocket option on the other. You can easily change the pocket and zippers inside to customize it to your needs.
Straps are secured onto the bag and ends are covered with an accent fabric that stays hidden behind 2 large pockets on each exterior bag side. Directions are included for straps, but webbing, leather or repurposed straps would work great too!
The 24″ long zipper tapers off at each end allowing you to open the bag wider than normal. At a finished size of 16″l x 13″h x 4″w it is the perfect size. I also use size 3 zipper for the main closure, but a 4.5 could be used as well.
Included in this 21 page pattern (and all future patterns) is a shopping list of supplies you may need to complete Diane. Easy to print out and take to your favorite craft shop to keep you organized!
Supplies needed: 1 yd Exterior Fabric, 1/2 yd Exterior Accent Fabric #1 (Optional) – For Straps(If making own) & StrapCovers, 1/2 yd Exterior Accent Fabric #2 (Optional) – For Exterior Pockets, 1 1/2 yd Interior Fabric. 2 yds Fusible Woven Interfacing, 21”x 58” Soft & Stable ( For a slouchy version, Pellon Fusible Fleece and /or SF101 combo may be substituted.), 12” x 4” Heavy Stabilizer for bag bottom.
I was SO fortunate to have some great testers for my first pattern. All of these ladies provided great feedback and fresh eyes to help me see my work in a new way. Thank you wonderful testers!!
This beautiful Diane was made by super-talented handbag sewist and designer Natalie, from Carry Hers By Natalie. Natalie installed a double zipper for the main closure and strong webbing for straps. Her stripe print fabrics create a sleek and professional finish. Thanks Natalie for all your encouragement and help!
Here is a very pretty purple Diane! The sewist, Diane, moved up her handle cover so they would peek above the exterior pocket. This created a nice new accent and color addition. Well done Diane!
Sandy from Somewhere in the Sand made her Diane Tote travel ready! Beach, Travel, Day-Trip? Yes to all 3! Her Diane was able to fit all her summer necessities. And the gorgeous yellow fabric is so happy and bright. Sandy also changed the size of her interior pockets to fit her tablet. Great idea!
Accacia of Puns N Needles used a fun outdoor print and contrasting zipper that makes her Diane Tote pop. The exterior pockets are roomy enough for her water bottle too. A nice strong webbing handle is stitched and ready for long-term use too. Great job Accacia!
Our final tester tote is a gorgeous mix of Lizzy House polka dot circles and Ann Kelle circles. The handle covers are peeking up through the pockets here as well with a gorgeous grey contrasting fabric. Diane looks great in Denims, quilting cotton and home decor fabrics. Just keep the seam allowances and foam trimmed and you’ll be set!
On a personal note, The tote was named after my mother Diane. And although she is not here to see or read this, I know she is as excited as I am. Will I be giving my handbag patterns feminine names? No, but I’ll always be up to suggestions!
Thank you for reading and allowing me to share with you my new pattern! I am so proud of the work that went into this pattern. If you are interested in purchasing Diane, it will be available in my Etsy Shop and Craftsy. I will adding more available sites in the days to come.