Tuesday, October 27, 2015

jenna tote {new pdf pattern}

Happy Tuesday to you all!

I am super, super excited to show you my newest pdf pattern.

Jenna tote is a medium sized zipper tote bag (12" wide on bottom/ 15 1/2" on top x 12 1/2" tall x 4" deep). It's sturdy, not too large but roomy enough to carry a project, a book or two, and definitely a few other essentials.

I love the large front pocket, it's perfect for showing off my favorite fabric. By the way, I'm head over heels in love with Bound fabric collection by April Rhodes. Have you seen it? It's fantastic for all sorts of bag and pouch making :).

And, because I'm a firm believer that every bag needs at least one zipper pocket, I included a pretty large one on the back of the tote.  There's also a slip pocket in the lining, but one could definitely follow instructions for exterior zipper pocket and install one in the lining as well.

I think you will also like the zipper closure and the way handles are sewn in as the top of the bag forms a sort of gusset which makes it a lot easier to stuff this baby to the brim without any trouble zipping it up :).

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As always, I tried to make sure the pattern is as user friendly as possible, so I enlisted help of a few super talented ladies to test it for me. They all did an amazing job, I'm sure you'll agree.

This beautiful Jenna is made by super talented Lynn. I so love the fabrics Lynn chose, and like that she used magnetic snap closures since she didn't have heavy duty snaps on hand. It's all about making do with what we have, right?

Bethany made this stunning tote bag. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love these colors and graphic prints together. And you know what? This was Bethany's first time doing boxed corners and installing snaps, wow!! Way to go Bethany!

 Ready for yet another super pretty tote? This one is made by Stephanie who cut into her hoarded fabric to make this beautiful Jenna.

 I'm totally crushing on this contrasting orange zipper and a super fun fabric combo Nancy went for with her Jenna. I like the webbing handles and the little tag on the back, as well. Such fun little touches.

This pretty pink and black tote is made by Robin. Beautifully made and super sweet, isn't it?

Mariana went all out and made this super colorful beautiful Jenna. She even added some sashiko stitches, leather pulls, as well as key fob.

Last, but definitely not least, is this gorgeous tote made by Gina. Isn't that background fabric amazing? It works beautifully with solid linen and webbing handles.

Beautiful totes, aren't they? Thank you for all your help, ladies.

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What do you say? Would you like to make a Jenna of your own?

Here's the list of materials you'd need

¾ yard main exterior fabric (main exterior panels, facing)
½ yard contrasting ext. fabric (exterior pocket, pocket flap, zipper tab, linings for exterior zipper pocket)
½ yard lining fabric (main lining panels, inner pocket)
¼ yard fabric for handles
3 yards SF101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice)

one 18” long metal or nylon zipper
one 9” long metal or nylon zipper
two heavy duty snaps - size 24 – 5/8”
Jenna tote pattern is available worldwide as an instant download pdf pattern. You can purchase your copy by clicking directly on the link below or by going to my Etsy shop.

Have a great day, everyone. Svetlana


  1. Love everyone's Jenna totes! It is so interesting how we all used the same pattern but all the bags look so different. Thanks again for letting me test for you!

  2. Very nice! Love both of those exterior pockets!

  3. Gorgeous tote bag!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!!

  4. a girl can never have too many toe bags a lovely selection here

  5. I was on retreat with Gina while she was making this tote! I loved the hand stitching she added to the outside pocket ... all of your testers have done a lovely job :). I'm thinking this bag would make a great teacher's gift!

  6. Could a removable shoulder strap be added?


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