If you need a simple, light, and straight-forward tote bag for every day use, you will love this Mala tote bag. It is a mid-size tote bag with zipper closure and of course pockets. The vinyl accent and the metal zipper, add fanciness touch to this tote bag thus can be dressed up or down.
Finished bag measurements : 16" x 11" x 4" (40.5 x 28 x 10)
1x external zipper pocket
2x internal slip pockets
1x zipper pocket
Double sided shoulder strap
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what you need to make the mala tote bag
Fabric 1 : 3/8 yard of faux leather/ vinyl fabric (54" wide).
alternatively you can use cork, heavier canvas, denim, or other mid-heavy weight fabric.
Fabric 2 : about 1/2 yard of cotton quilting fabric.
Fabric 3 : about 1/2 yard of cotton quilting fabric.
8" (20cm) teeth length -metal zipper; for the front zipper pocket.*
16" (40.5 cm) teeth length - metal zipper; for the bag closure.*
all purpose zipper at least 8" (20 cm); for the zipper pocket
*you may substitute the metal zippers with purse zippers, I recommend to keep it consistent for both the front exterior zipper and the zipper closure.
(4) d-rings with 1" (2.5cm) inner measurements.
(4) set of rivets; I use medium 5/16 (8mm) size.
1/8" or 1/4" basting tape to baste the zipper.
Walking Foot - I highly recommend using walking foot for bag making, it's perfect for sewing multiple layers of fabric evenly.
Zipper Foot - To attach the zipper
Basic Sewing Notions
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