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Deep front pocket tote bag pattern

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This simple but stunning pocket tote bag pattern featuring a deep front pocket is the perfect roomy pocket tote bag to sew to carry just about anything you need! Create a one-of-a-kind large tote bag pattern by choosing colorful and coordinating fabrics for the bag, the pocket and the straps, for a chic yet low key custom look. 

Pocket tote bag pattern

Pocket tote bag

Everyone needs a great tote bag, don’t they? I absolutely love how this pocket tote bag pattern turned out! So cute but also stylish and roomy enough to hold a lot of stuff!

I have a soft spot for tote bags (but who doesn’t, right?) and every once in a while I tend to kind of binge on sewing totes! They’re fun and easy to make and in the right fabrics, with the right details they always make a statement! And the detail that makes this pocket bag pattern standing out is the simple but interesting deep front pocket!

Tote with pocket

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I used the same fabric for the pocket and the back side of the tote and a complementing fabric for the front side of the bag and the straps which contrast with the rest of the bag but in a good way! I used medium weight canvas fabric for my pocket tote bag to give it more body and shape.

Sewing this tote bag was simply a breeze! To be honest, it took more time to cut and prepare the fabrics than the actual sewing process! The key to get great results with this bag is cutting the fabrics perfectly and interfacing so it might be a good idea to take your time on these steps.

If you want to add an extra touch to your bag or simply need another pocket, this tutorial teaches you how to add a welt zipper pocket to any bag.


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Tote with pocket

Front pocket bag

Features of the deep front pocket tote pattern:

  • This is a medium large tote bag with approximate measurements of 18″ by 18″, with straps measuring about 1 1/2″ by 22″
  • Large deep front pocket
  • Fully lined bag
  • Possibility to add inside pockets
  • Flat base
  • Nice, comfortable handles
  • Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print combination
  • Contrast pocket and front bag for a little extra design flair
  • Full step by step instructions on using pattern, cutting fabrics and sewing the bag

The pattern for this gorgeous front pocket tote bag is available for purchase HERE.


Full step by step directions with photos are available on the PDF pattern file.

So if you’re looking for a roomy tote bag pattern with pockets, this lovely pocket tote bag pattern is the perfect accessory to add to your arsenal!


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  1. I really struggled with this and I wish there were a video. Does “Interface the front bag, the back bag and the pocket” mean to apply the interfacing to those sections?

  2. Nov 2021 – are you still available to answer questions? Approx 1/4 yard of fabric for the front side of the bag is not enough to cut out the front side piece unless I make a seam cross wise. It takes 1/2 yard of fabric to cut the front the same size as the bag. Or am I reading something wrong? PLEASE ANSWER ME – I wanted to make some for Christmas 2021!!!

    1. Hi, Barbara! I’m sorry for your troubles! I think I see where the confusion might be. Fabric stores sell fabric in yards with various widths (such as 54″, 60″, 72″ and more) while the length is always 1 yard =36″. My fabric was 72″ x 36″ with the print distributed evenly across the width and the length so I could cut the bag pieces as indicated in the pattern using the width of the fabric. With plain fabric, it should be even easier to cut the bag pieces since you don’t have to take the fabric pattern into account.

      1. So the front side of the bag should be the same pattern piece as the back – so for 36″or 45″ inch fabric I will need 1/2 yard to cut the front piece on a length wise fold. Probably enough to use on another bag. HMMM I may just make this one with a seam down the middle of the front. I don’t want to go back in Turkey week traffic. THANK YOU I will send a picture.

  3. This tote is gorgeous! Every year I make almost all of my Christmas gifts and this tote is this year’s gift to family and friends. I downloaded the pattern and I can’t wait to make this! Do you have youtube videos for your projects?

    1. Thanks so much, you made my day! I have a video for many of my projects but not all. If a project has a video it will always play in the article, at the top or in content.

    1. I cannot, Teresa! These ads support this site and enable me to offer you my content free of charge. I work hard for this content and sharing it here involves lots of expenses on my side. Without these ads you will have to pay for my content and all those expenses.

  4. Hi! I love some of your patterns and have purchased this one for the Deep Pocket Tote Bag. I have to say that you should really make it known on these pages here which of your patterns comes with the subscription process and which must be purchased. I don’t mind paying at all, you deserve it for your hard work! But no one likes feeling bamboozled or taken in, it would turn people away instead of drawing them in! Just a thought for you to ponder.

    1. Hi Jessa. Thanks for your feedback! All of my patterns are marked when they come with paid or free subscription, at least 2 times in the body of the article.

    1. I went through all the steps to buy it…….it says it’s in my cart, but can’t figure out how to print it out. Help!

      1. Hi, Sarah. Thanks for contacting me! I have no records of a transaction under this email address and I’m unable to see your cart as I sell my pattern on a third party platform. If you can still see it in your cart with no option to purchase I would contact the platform (not sure you saw my pattern on Payhip or Etsy) as it sounds like a technical issue with the third party platform. Thanks!

  5. I am wondering what the finished size of this tote is. I purchased your pattern and the instructions say to match the papers at the green squares to form a larger square. I guess I’m not understanding how the squares become larger. Do I place them on top of one another or next to each other?

  6. Hi there I was just wondering where you bought this fabric I love this and would love the same design fabric. THanks so much Teresa

  7. Hi,
    I just tried to purchase your pattern -several times!! I didn’t want to use pay pal but rather my credit card but it kept asking for my pay pal account so I tried to go through pay pal but no luck.Now I don’t know if I have been charged or not as I gave up. Can you please check for me and help me try again. I would rather not go through pay pal but there doesn’t seem to be any other option
    Thank you
    Sue a Smith

  8. I’m receiving your e-mail but don’t know ow to download the free pattern for the button headband. Please advise

    1. Hi Lois. The pattern is in the sewing library, link & password in the email. Open the pattern and look for a download button in the top right hand corner.

  9. I tried to purchase the Deep Pocket tote. It shows that it is in the cart for purchase but will not proceed to the next step. Can you help?

    1. Hi Bonnie. Thanks for your interest in my pattern! Unfortunately, I have no ability to see your cart as I am not the owner of the platform where I sell this pattern. I can only see that no purchase under this email has been processed so you weren’t charged. I would suggest try purchasing again after deleting the product from your cart first so you won’t be charged twice.