Sidekick Tote Pattern

9.17.2012



I love this bag, I've been using mine for well over a month and the exterior pocket is just perfect.  I don't think I'll ever carry another bag that doesn't have an exterior pocket, you just NEED one.  It's a perfect spot to stash your phone, keys, and even a pair of sunglasses.  Make it patchwork or use a single print, it's beautiful either way.  Best of all, the recessed zipper keeps everything safely inside.  Wear is over your shoulder or cross-body style, the adjustable strap let's you choose.  Great for those busy days of errand running or kid chasing!

[left: small bag size, right: large bag size]

[Pocket option A]

The Sidekick Tote features:
  • 2 bag sizes
  • recessed zipper
  • 2 exterior pocket styles
  • adjustable strap (perfect for cross-body wearing)

In this pattern you'll find:

  • step-by-step instructions with full color photos
  • full size print-at-home pattern pieces
  • recessed zipper instructions
  • instructions for 2 different exterior pocket styles

Materials Needed:
  • 3/4 yard exterior (includes strap)
  • 3/4 yard lining (1/2 yard if using an additional accent fabric)
  • 1 1/2 yards fusible interfacing - Pellon SF101
  • 12” zipper
  • 1.5” adjustable strap hardware (optional)
  • 1 yard 1/2” double fold bias tape - store bought or handmade using 2” strips of fabric cut on bias for pocket option B
  • thread
  • Hook & Loop Tape (Velcro) 3/4” wide by 1.25” long
  • water soluble pen
  • walking foot is helpful
  • size 16 needle (most helpful for topstitching)

Approx. Finished Bag Dimensions:
Small: 12” tall by 12.5” wide
Large: 15” tall by 14” wide


By purchasing this pattern, I also give you (the purchaser of this pattern) the rights to sell Sidekick Totes made using this pattern (on a home based scale). Additional information regarding the license to sell is included in the pattern.

This is a 25 page PDF pattern with full size print-at-home pattern pieces and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with color photographs.

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Thank you to Umbrella Prints for sending me their Elephants Love Water fabric to play with! Available for purchase at their shop - Umbrella Prints.



52 comments :

  1. So cute!! I especially love the glasses print. :D

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  2. Oh Anna, It's perfect, as are all your patterns! Going into the cart right now! Awesome :)

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  3. OMG!!!!! I Love this pattern! If I want to make three bags, do I need to purchase three paterns?

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    1. Nope, just one pattern and you can make as many bags as your heart/hands desire! :)

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  4. You did it again! Another super cute bag pattern!

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  5. Anna. What the hell? Stop being such a genius!!!! I mean, never stop being such a genius :)

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  6. Congrats! How exciting! And I like the green glasses too

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  7. Another amazing bag! You are a bag genius! :) can't wait to make this one!

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  8. oh gosh-- I love the small version- so cute and chubby. I love a chubby bag.

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  9. Adorable! What a cute bag! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  10. Woohoo just bought mine! Can't wait to make it :)

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  11. Love the elephants and the two sizes and the cross body option. Congrats on another awesome pattern!

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  12. love it, bought it. Thank you for another fab bag!

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  13. My first comment on your blog, but I finally had to come out and say it: you're a bag genius! I can't believe how you keep coming up with such great designs!

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  14. Ohhh!!! I love it!!! Ohh why oh why I don't have any money on my account right now!!! ahhh!!!! but I hope I will buy it soon! very soon :D

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  15. These look great, and I love how you make up different options and sizes in your patterns

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  16. Wow! I love it. Now to find the time to make one!

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  17. Yay! I'm glad it's up and running, and the pictures of it look great... for those who *think* the bag might take a lot of time... it's actually quicker than the 241 tote (in my opinion :)

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  18. Love it because you included the zipper closure :D Bought it!

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  19. Oh Anna, it's so fantastic!!! Can't wait to make it. :D

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  20. really cute Anna. Gorgeous. You're the bag-making queen. I love it!

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  21. Looks awesome. I love the pleated pocket!

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  22. Fantabulous! Please stop feeding my bag addiction. :)

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  23. OMG!! Anna, you are really amazing!!!!!
    this bag is sooooo cute!! i already have your "go anywhere bag pattern", now i'm going to buy this pattern too!! I will buy them this weekend, when my husband is not looking.. heheh..

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  24. Holy cow, I love this bag!!! I totally want to make this bag, right this very minute :) So cute!

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  25. and it is mine! xo awesome! cant wait to make one, possibly this weekend! xo

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  26. LOVE it, Anna! Your pattern is always so cute!! The exterior pocket must be so useful and oh the round shape is just so perfectly cute!

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  27. Where did you ever get that amazing fabric with the glasses on it?


    This is so great! It looks easy, sounds easy, is amazingly cute, and I can't stop myself from wishing for the pattern. Keep on sewing!

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    1. It's and Echino print, it's probably hard to find now, I've kept it for so long. But there some new prints of deer with glasses: http://www.etsy.com/search/supplies?q=echino+glasses&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US

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    2. it's an echino print, but you might have a hard time finding it. I'd maybe suggest looking up echino on etsy under supplies. :)

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  28. Terrific work by all of you! Isn't it exciting to see the different looks and how we all interpret things! Fabulous! I think this one will get a workout with me too!

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  29. Hi Anna
    Have enjoyed your free tutorials and just purchased 2 patterns to say thank you and noodlehead is my fav site!
    Nicole Australia

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  30. This is a wonderful pattern! Do you think it would be possible to make the outside pocket with a zipper? (I don't know how to do that but would love to know how.) THanks@

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    1. I'm sure it could be done! Maybe you could find a tutorial for a zippered pocket and mesh the two together?! :)

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  31. just ordered and downloaded two patterns... look super.. thanks
    from Adelaide, South Australia... 1am!!

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  32. Love this Sidekick Tote Pattern, however you have listed that a walking foot would be helpful, and I don't have one. I sew on a old Singer 301 sewing machine that was my Grandmothers and I don't even know if you can buy a walking foot for the machine. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Vanssmomc, Yes, a walking foot is helpful. There are a lot of layers especially when doing the final topstitching and handle areas. I actually think the old machines are usually very good at going through layers, so you might not have to worry about that! I would say that if you normally sew through a bunch of layers without much trouble then you're good to go! :) Hope that helps.

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  33. Hi Anna,
    I've just stumbled across your website and love this bag, I just have a question. Do you think that a beginner could sew this or would it be better to choose another of your fab patterns to start with?
    Thanks!
    Kate Australia

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