Date published: 30 Sep 2021
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Due to popular demand, the Petite Tote Pattern is now available as a Petite Set - Petite & Petite Plus (and upsized version of the darling Petite Tote). It doesn't matter if you purchase through this link or the Petite Set Pattern link, you will get the same set of files.
This adorable little hand-carry tote was originally designed to be used as a carrier to hold mandarin oranges when visiting family and friends during the Chinese New Year. The mandarin orange is an important symbol of the Chinese New Year. The small citrus looks like the sun, and because the sun is aligned with the yang (positive) principle, it is a symbol of abundance and happiness. They are not only used as decorations, but given as gifts when visiting family and friends as a symbol of sharing abundance and good fortune.
Apart from holding oranges, this little bag also has plenty of other uses! They make cute gift bags for various occasions and festivities. Works great as a little girl’s bag to hold all her favorite knick-knacks as well!
A fun and apt beginner project for those who have yet to make a bag. The tote is fully lined, with cotton webbing as handles and sides are cinched up via magnetic snaps.
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- grab handles that extend into the base accent of the bag
- snap closures on both top corners of the bag
- contrasting accent at the bottom of bag
- wide base on the bottom of bag which allows for it to stand upright
The pdf pattern includes 26 pages of sewing instructions, complete with 47 step-by-step color photos. Also included in the PDF pattern are printable pattern pieces for your home printer. A video tutorial (right at the bottom of this page) is also available for the visual learners.
Estimated Finished Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
15 x 15 x 10 (cm)
5-7/8" x 5-7/8" x 4"
Materials and Supplies
-  Fat Quarter for Main Fabric (45 x 55cm or 18” x 22”)
-  Fat Quarter for Contrasting Fabric (45 x 55cm or 18” x 22”)
-  Fat Quarter for Lining Fabric (45 x 55cm or 18” x 22”)
-  Half yard lightweight interfacing (eg. SF101) (45 x 110cm or 18” x 44”)
-  Fat Quarter Fusible Fleece (45 x 55cm or 18” x 22”)
-  1cm (”) magnetic snaps or T5 plastic Kam snaps
-  pieces of 50cm (20”) cotton webbing, 2cm (”) wide
Add a snap tab for a decorative touch or a more secured closure!
01:12 - Materials required
02:30 - Creating the grab handles
04:45 - Attaching the interfacing for the Exterior Tops
05:30 - Attaching the interfacing for the Exterior Bottom
06:28 - Attaching the grab handles
08:27 - Assembly of the Exterior
11:03 - Installation of magnetic snaps
15:56 - Assembling of the interior
18:15 - Final assembly