A few years ago our library was selling some large tote bags, they were very strong and sturdy and held a lot of books. They were also cheap and (unsurprisingly) sold out very quickly. This pattern is based on that bag. I’ve added pockets and made it reversible. Also (of course) it is a quilted cotton bag and not the very sturdy canvas that the original bags were made from – but no reason why you can’t buy some canvas . . . !
The pockets are little Log Cabin blocks made to match the lining fabric. The handles on my bag are long enough to sling the bag over my shoulder but you can make them any length you prefer. The bag has a gusset running all the way round – which is why it holds such a lot – and measures about 20 inches square.
This is a really quick and easy bag to make with minimal patchwork and quilting – ideal for any last minute Christmas present. The pattern costs £3.50 and you can download it from the website.