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We carry a full line of purse and tote patterns designed by Laura Martell, as well as the hardware, webbing, and zippers needed to make them.

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“I have been meaning to send you a message about both the regular Professional Tote and Mini Professional Tote patterns. I teach many bag classes at our local quilt shop in Prescott Valley AZ. In fact, I am know as the Bag Lady! I want to tell you that without a doubt your patterns are the best that I have taught! They are not the simplest by any means, but they are so well written, the illustrations are clear and I simply love the sheet of cutting labels. I have taught the regular Professional Tote 3 times and the Mini once and in all of the classes every student went home with a finished bag. No UFOs! Even the beginner sewers were able to complete it. Thank you for taking the time to make sure that your patterns are correct. I look forward to seeing new projects!”

Joan C.

“BY FAR, your design is the most impressive that I have worked with to date, including the well known international companies. You covered all the bases from start to finish. Everything about the construction and design of this tote is expertly thought out and executed. The instructions are easy to understand, thorough, but not too overstated or understated – just perfect… Thanks so much!”


“The tote is done and I wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed making it. Your instructions were marvelous. I am sending you pictures…I just wanted you to see how beautifully it turned out.”

Janet J.

“Laura’s patterns have great instructions! I have made dozens of tote bags, but when I need a quick bag to give as a gift, I always come back to Laura’s Tote. All of “Laura’s patterns have clear instructions, and are easy to follow. I recommend Laura’s patterns to all of my friends who are looking for tote bag patterns.”

Lori R.

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