Maker’s Tote Pattern

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

It’s ready! My newest pattern, the Maker’s Tote. The idea for this tote popped into my head while on a car ride with my family. It was one of those ideas that I immediately have to do a quick sketch before I forget. Luckily the new notes app on my phone is great for quick sketches when I don’t have a notebook around. This is a carry-all tote that’s perfect for hauling goodies from place to place. I wouldn’t really consider it a bag or purse, but it can definitely be used like that, too!

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead


I decided that two sizes would be fun, so there’s a large and small version. I think the large is so great! I’m excited to fill it up for my next sewing trip. And the small is so cute. It holds 4 skeins of worsted weight yarn, plus room for more. Both totes have a fun front pocket, zippered back pocket, and interior slip and gusseted pockets. Whew, that’s a lot of pockets! I’m pretty sure I’ll have to make one for my girls, too. They’ll love having a little tote to themselves, especially for all their crafty goodies.

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

The design is my twist on a classic doctor’s bag. It stands up on it’s own and has plenty of room for craft supply storage. The zippered top is fun to install and keeps everything secure.

Tote features:

  • 2 sizes!
  • Zippered back pocket
  • Top zipper closure (optional)
  • interior (slip and gusseted) pockets
  • Great for portable craft supply storage!

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

As for the difficulty rating I think this is best suited for an intermediate sewist. The binding (which I love) can be a bit challenging to install. With that in mind I’ve included lots of tips and tricks (and over 40 clear and concise illustrations) and I think anyone with an adventurous spirit will do great! However, if you’re like me and love binding, it’ll be a snap!

Anyway, I hope you like it. I’d love to see what you make! Tag it #makerstote or #noodleheadpatterns on Instagram so I can see. Stop by next week, I’ll be showing off some of my pattern testers totes.

Click here to see more details and to purchase the Maker’s Tote

Watch my Tips and Tricks video here!

Maker's Tote PDF Pattern - Noodlehead

Featured fabrics are by Alison Glass (small tote) and Cotton + Steel/Alexia Abegg (large tote)

45 thoughts on “Maker’s Tote Pattern

  1. Jodi Ellis says:

    I love that the zipper opens all the way!

  2. saroy says:

    This looks fantastic — can’t wait to make one!

  3. Marita Boutens. says:

    Love it!

  4. Kimberly L says:

    I might need to make one for each of my three kids for Christmas! Great work.

  5. Anja says:

    These look so great! I might just try to make one.

  6. Julie says:

    I love it, I need several! I just need to get hold of the fabrics…

  7. Allison CB says:

    Lovely!! Looks like a winner!

  8. irwinlaw says:

    That is the cutest shape ever! This tote might be the thing that gets me out and doing quilty/sewy stuff socially:)

  9. Carmen says:

    Oops — that “irwinlaw” user is me, signed in at the office:\

  10. These are just so cute!

  11. Jennifer says:

    This is like the answer to a prayer! I’ve been on the hunt for something to tote my bigger knitting projects around in and that big bag is perfect!! Thank you!

  12. Looks amazing! Love this..

  13. Erin says:

    I’m OBSESSESD with this!! I have a leather version floating around in my head… 😉

    1. liz n. says:

      I was thinking the same thing! I have some gorgeous embossed eggplant-colored leather leftover from another project that might just work for the smaller bag…

  14. laurel says:

    So, so good! You continuously amaze me with your talents. I can’t wait to make one…especially want to make a small one and fill it with a few skeins of Shelter. 🙂

  15. Dianne Schuring says:

    Get cute!

  16. Donna Baker says:

    this is PERFECT, Anna! wow – you always continue to surprise me with your patterns. this will appeal to so many makers!

  17. Dalya (coffeebean) says:

    This is so practical and super cute! This would be great for carrying embroidery/cross stitch supplies around! I love that it does look like a doctor’s bag, lol. Very creative <3
    p.s: I love how you make your bag handles, they look very sturdy!

  18. Karen says:

    I just signed up for a beginner’s watercolor class–perfect tote!

  19. Debbie says:

    a perfect addition to your bag pattern lineup!

  20. Melissa says:

    Perfect bag pattern. I just bought one. I can’t wait to get my craft room setup so I can start sewing again and this is first on my list. :o)

  21. Amanda says:

    Anna. This bag is completely perfect. I love all of the fun different pockets!

  22. Reece says:

    OK, these are amazing! I can’t wait!! I already have my fabric picked out 🙂

  23. Lynne Tilley says:

    There is definitely one of these in my future! I just LOVE your things. To me, this makes a perfect everyday bag or those long trips down to San Antonio to see my granddaughters! Thanks again for a WONDERFUL pattern!

  24. bubiknits says:

    Oh Anna! This is irresistible! Going to grab the pattern! I am off sewing from too much time, but this worth a cut and sew session!! Exquisite patterns as ever!! Xoxo Giusy – Bubiknits

  25. Lise says:

    What a great back!

  26. Annie Dee says:

    Oh wow. Really lovely!

  27. Melissa says:

    This is soooo good Anna!!! I adore the pattern!!

  28. Kalle says:

    this is so so so good! i can think of a half dozen uses for it, right off the bat.

  29. gail says:

    Anna, I love it! You amaze me every single time!

  30. Bridget says:

    Do you think the larger size would make a good diaper bag? On the lookout for a pattern for one and this is so cute!

  31. Krista says:

    Love this, going to order right now 🙂

  32. Jane L. says:

    Looks very functional for my quilting teacher stuff. Let me know when its ready. Good Luck.

  33. What a great design for a Maker’s bag. I love the flat bottom so that everything will stay in place and not get turned over.

  34. Karen Seitz says:

    Love it! It seems like you thought of everything.

  35. nicolemaroon says:

    Love this pattern, Anna!

  36. Mara says:

    Can the large one fit a basic Singer sewing machine? Thanks

  37. Jozee says:

    I’d love to see a video tutorial to follow along with.

  38. Such a handy tote! Very nice design! =D

  39. Paula Titus says:

    Do you ever sell the completed bag? I don’t sew but would love to have this tote in the large size.

  40. mbiswell says:

    I just stumbled across this bag & it’s looks perfect for my needs but I do have a question… do you sell this pattern via Etsy or perhaps Craftsy? ..I like to keep all my download purchases in the one place (for future reference) rather than downloading from here, there or over there — it just gets messy. Anyway, back to my question – do you sell patterns (pdf’s or print) on Etsy at all?
    Thanks, Marie

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Marie,
      Thanks for your comment. I don’t have an account on craftsy or etsy. I’ve been selling my own patterns for about 6 years now on my website. It’s definitely something I’ll consider for the future! Some of my patterns are available in paper format, available at local quilt shops as well as some on craftsy as a kit.

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