New Pattern! The Pepin Tote

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to introduce you to my new pattern, the Pepin Tote.

Recessed Zipper Option, waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy)

Cotton Canvas by Rifle Paper Co.

I designed this beautifully simple tote that works for whatever you need. Honestly, if I had to choose one bag to always have on hand, it would be a simple tote like this. They’re quick to sew and are endlessly useful. I have a similar tote that I made myself many years ago that has been my go-to ever since! It goes with me to and from work, on car trips, and anywhere I travel when I need to stash a notebook and extra items that I don’t typically carry with me on a day-to-day basis.

I’d love to see what you come up with. I think the front pocket is such a gem in that it would be perfect for adding a patchwork block to the center or even doing some screen printing or cross stitching or embroidery on! I can already tell that it’s going to be a fun one for you to put your own creative spin on! Optional add-ons for this project are also a fun way of kicking things up a notch. Included in the instructions are a few fun additions. I love a good snap, so the front pocket is a perfect spot for one. And the lining can be made using a magnetic snap for the closure, although if you don’t have one on hand or won’t use it, it’s easy to leave without as well. Or! I added instructions for a recessed zipper closure, too! I adore that about sewing, make it how you wish – however it suits you. And keep it as simple as you’d like, some of my favorite sewn items are the simplest.

Waxed canvas from Fabric Funhouse


Click here to purchase, grab your copy today through Sunday (November 1st at 10pm CST) for 20% off! No coupon code needed.

Front pocket with optional snap closure (waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy)


Here are some of the Pepin Tote’s features:

  • front pocket (great for adding custom details or featuring a favorite fabric)
  • divided interior pocket
  • magnetic snap top closure (optional)
  • recessed zipper closure (optional)
  • snap closure for front pocket (optional) or get creative here!!! a turn lock or a Loxx closure that I have on my tan sample (I can add some to the shop if you’re interested! just leave a comment below) would be fun, too!
  • so many possibilities!


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Waxed canvas from Fabric Funhouse

Today through Sunday (November 1st 10pm CST) pick up your copy for 20% off!


Pattern: Pepin Tote Pattern
Fabrics: featuring waxed canvas (Tan and gray/green samples are both from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, Rust sample is from Fabric Funhouse), and cotton canvas by Rifle Paper Co. (purchased from Stitch Supply Co.) with Carolina Gingham lining.

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Divided pocket and magnetic snap

11 thoughts on “New Pattern! The Pepin Tote

  1. lsw2615 says:

    Love it!

  2. Paula Hendrickson says:

    it loos wonderful

  3. Verena says:

    Thanks, Anna! Love it already! And the Pepin Totes will make some christmas presents here 🙂

  4. Sobana Sundar says:

    I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Missed your offer as I saw my mail a day late. I have some suede that is going to look good with this pattern. Hopefully I will make a few for my niece’s too.

  5. It looks beautiful!!
    I will sew it with my self-made printed fabric.
    Thanks a lot for this sew-along Anna. 🙂

  6. Nancy says:

    When will you have 1 inch leather straps again?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Nancy,
      I listed more last night. Thank you! 🙂

  7. Sobana Sundar says:

    Do you have a title for the handles? Do I cut four inches and fold towards centre and again fold and sew? I will be using suede or vinyl.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Sobana! Yes, you can definitely make your own handles, just like you described will work great!

  8. Lacy Leilani Wulff says:

    I’ve hit a snag. The 20 inch zipper that you link to and have in your shop does not have any excess at the end to sew the zipper tab pull onto. It just dead ends with the metal. Any suggestions?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Lacy!
      No need to add a zipper tab. One less step!

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