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My First Tote – PDF Digital Sewing Pattern

THIS LISTING IS FOR A DIGITAL PATTERN in English which will be emailed to you immediately after purchase.

What’s included?

  • Digital PDF file with 9 pages of step-by-step photo instructions
  • Three size options: mini, medium and massive
  • Handy cutting chart and pattern pieces to print at home
  • Full video tutorial
  • Instant download after purchase
  • All measurements are in imperial (inches) and metric (centimetres)
  • A1 file for use with projectors or a print shop

This pattern does NOT include SVG files due to the large size of the pattern pieces

Skill level: First time sew

License: PDF files for personal use by you and your family only. You can make bags to sell on a home-based production scale.

Click here for more information about this pattern and the sewing terminology used

Ready to make your first bag? Grab a copy of the pattern!


(1 customer review)

Looking to make your first ever tote? This pattern is designed for first time sewists and is a great project if you’re sewing with kids. This super simple bag comes together in no time and results in a practical and fun bag for everyone. We sincerely hope this pattern will encourage new sewists and kids to give bag making a try!

This pattern is suitable for  beginners who are looking to sew their first ever project.

The pattern includes three sizes: mini, medium and massive. The three sizes nest within each other.

Fabric Recommendations:

This bag is suitable for most fabrics including cotton, canvas, cork, vinyl and leather. Whatever fabrics you decide to use, make sure they’re suitable for your sewing machine. For domestic machines, it’s usually best to stick with cotton for your first bag.

Finished sizes:

MINI: 8” x 6” x 3 ¾” [20.25cm x 15.25cm x 9.5cm]
MEDIUM: 9 ½” x 7” x 5 ½” [24cm x 17.75cm x 14cm]
MASSIVE: 12” x 8 ½” x 6 ½” [30.5cm x 21.5cm x 16.5cm]

Bag features:

  • Easy to make
  • Very quick
  • No hardware or zips
  • Three sizes that nest within each other

Full Video Tutorial

Selling bags:

You can sell bags made from this design on a home-based production scale.

Immediately after purchase, you will receive the following files:

  • Letter paper file – the full pattern including pattern pieces for printing at home in the USA & Canada
  • A4 paper file – the full pattern including pattern pieces for printing at home outside the USA & Canada
  • A1 file – for print shop and projector use only

This is NOT a finished bag. This is a digital sewing pattern to download and print at home to help you create your own bag. This digital file is for your personal use and that of your family only and is not to be shared or reproduced. See full terms and conditions.


For printing at home, please use the letter paper file if you’re in the USA or Canada, or the A4 file for everywhere else. The A0 file is for projector and print shop use only and is not compatible with a standard home printer.

This is a PDF digital sewing pattern in English available for instant download. See the “DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS” page for details on how to download your pattern after purchase.

This sewing pattern is written using both imperial (inches) and metric (centimetres) measurements.

Included in the photos are bags made by our pattern testers. Please be aware that some of the testers have made small modifications to their bags. Instructions for these modifications are not included in the pattern but are simply there to provide ideas on how you could adapt the pattern if you want to.


Required Supplies (suitable for any of the sizes):

  • 1/2 yd (50cm) Exterior fabric (44″/110cm wide)*
  • 1/2 yd (50cm) Lining fabric (44″/110cm wide)*
  • 1/2 yd (50cm) Medium weight fusible woven interfacing (35″/90cm wide)
  • 1/2 yd (50cm) Fleece stabiliser such as Thermolam (20″/50cm wide)
  • 56″ (150cm) Webbing for the handles (1″/25mm wide)

*Measurements account for directional fabrics

Page 24 of the pattern contains a list of various brand names for suitable interfacing and stabilisers



As this is an electronic product, we cannot process refunds or returns as it cannot be returned once delivered. This pattern, once purchased, is not to be shared or reproduced in any way.

Downloads are limited to 10 per file as a precaution to stop bots from sharing download links. If you need your download limit refreshed, please email us and we’ll be happy to sort it for you.
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When you purchase access to Digital Products you are purchasing a non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access the information for your personal use only. You may not publish or share the digital products or your login details with anyone else.  The copyright for this pattern belongs to Country Cow Designs Ltd. It is therefore illegal to reproduce or share the pattern with others, or claim it as your own design. This includes using the pattern to teach classes or for any other commercial use. If you wish to use one of our patterns to teach a class, you must contact us for consent first and each student/attendee must purchase their own personal copy of the pattern.


To make this bag you’ll need to use various tools/equipment. You should only use tools that are well maintained and that you are competent at using. I recommend reading and following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer of each tool. This pattern does not include safety precautions for the use of tools, so you are responsible for the safe use of any tools you use. If in doubt, seek guidance from an experienced professional of the tools you are using or contact the manufacturer directly. You are responsible for ensuring that you have a safe and suitable working environment. The instructions in this pattern are suggestions only and you are responsible for ensuring that you can carry out the suggestions safely without causing injury or harm to yourself or others. You are also responsible for ensuring that your sewing machine and other equipment are capable of carrying out the suggestions. I cannot be held accountable for damage caused because the tools used are unsuitable.

1 review for My First Tote – PDF Digital Sewing Pattern

  1. Sarah

    So easy and clear to use.

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