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30+ Tote Bag Patterns with Pockets
Some of these tote bags are designed with pockets on the outside (either in the
form of patch pockets or as zipper pockets integrated into the design) and others
have interior pockets. And some designs have both. The great thing about outer
pockets is that they give you quick and easy access to your stuff. And the great
thing about inner pockets is that they keep your stuff secure, especially if the inner
pockets have zipper closures.
And, of course, what's great about making your own pocket tote bag is that you
can not only adjust the size of the bag to fit your needs, but also add as many inner
and outer pockets as you like. And you also get to choose your own fabric for the
bag. And one of the smaller tote bag designs can be great for using any fat quarter
fabric bundles you may have in your stash or for using up any fabric scraps you may
have leftover from other projects.
And if you'll be using your tote bag to carry particularly heavy items (like books), be
sure to sew it from a sturdy fabric, such as a cotton canvas or duck. Or, to make a
lighter weight fabric more durable, you can try backing it with a layer of fusible
And some of these designs could make a good project for a beginner, particularly a
design with patch pockets, which tend to be pretty easy to sew. Any of the designs
with a zipper might be a bit too complex for a beginner and are therefore not
Make a plain and simple tote bag even more functional by giving it pockets! And to
help you do just that, here's a collection of over thirty free pocket tote bag
patterns, tutorials, and diy sewing projects, gathered from all over the web!
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