mother-daughter tote bag

To help celebrate the release of City Weekend, the Martha Stewart Crafts Blog is featuring a free project we designed. And they are giving away the fabric to make it!

The Mother-Daughter Tote Bag can be made for both adults and children. The bag includes a divided inside pocket for keys and other small items. I’ve been carrying this little tote for a while now, and it’s great for the basics you can’t leave home without: a book, cell phone, sunglasses, wallet, etc. It also makes a cute little lunch tote.

S likes her bag for similar reasons, although hers usually carries very different items than mine. Yesterday I opened hers up and found a doll, her toy cell phone, and her sketchbook. (Hmm, maybe the contents aren’t so different from mine after all….)

This is a fun project to show off a few of your favorite prints. You can make pattern pieces from the measurements we’ve provided in the downloadable project sheet, or you can cut the fabric directly based on those numbers. Either way, I hope you’ll  have fun making it.

You can download the instructions, and enter to win one of four City Weekend fabric kits to make the bag, at the Martha Stewart Crafts Blog. Good luck!

Update: we’re also now making the pattern available for download from our site. Happy sewing!


  1. March 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm Link

    I just made this nice tote and love the way it goes together. Mine is smaller than the tote that the woman is holding in the picture — is there another pattern for a larger bag? Thanks.

  2. November 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm Link

    I’m not really a purse OR a tote carrier, but I am totally making this!

  3. November 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm Link

    Is that one of the new patterns you are wearing?

  4. November 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm Link

    This is adorable! Love, love, love the oliver + s blog, by the way:)

  5. November 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm Link

    What fun! At 5, my oldest is already a bagaholic! :)

  6. November 5, 2010 at 11:10 am Link

    I’m headed over there now!

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