Kathy's Expandable Carry-All Pattern

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Kathy's Expandable Carry-All Pattern by Laura Martell of The Creative Thimble includes sewing instructions and pattern templates for creating versatile expandable carry-all bags in two sizes, with a tope zipper closure, 2 outside pockets, and three inside pockets.  Un-zip the mid-section dividing zipper to reveal five inches of extra space and color!   The smaller handbag size will be your new favorite everyday bag, while the larger tote-bag size is perfect for travel or shopping.

Finished sizes:

  • Large: 15"W x 12" H, x 17" H (expanded)
  • Small: 12" W x 9" H, x 14" H (expanded)

Materials needed [Small in brackets]:

  • 7/8 yd [5/8 yd] fabric (upper section, outside pockets, top zipper section)
  • 1/4 yd [1/4 yd] or fat quarter fabric (mid-section w/zipper)
  • 1/4 yd [14 yd] or fat quarter fabric (lower section)
  • 1/2 yd [1/2 yd] or 2 fat quarters fabric (lining pockets)
  • 7/8 yd [5/8 yd] fabric (lining)
  • 1/4 yd [1/4 yd] or fat quarter fabric (contrast - for pocket bias binding)
  • 1/4 yd [1/4 yd] fabric (fabric handles) OR 1 1/2 yds webbing
  • 1 1/4 yds [1 1/8 yds] heavyweight Decor Bond Fusible Interfacing
  • 1 1/4 yds [1 1/8 yds] medium weightt Shape-Flex Interfacing
  • 14" x 17" [12" x 17"] Soft & Stable (for lower section)
  • 40" non-separating zipper
  • 18" zipper
  • 9" zipper
  • (4) 1" rectangle or D rings

  • Model: TCT114d
  • Brand: The Creative Thimble

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