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Professional Tote

4.75 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


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Product Description


Approximate finished dimensions are: 18″Wide x 15″ Tall x 5″ Deep

The Professional Tote has all the pockets and compartments needed for today’s professional woman. Whether you work in an office or not, this tote has it all. There is a pleated pocket on each side of the tote to hold a bottle of water, umbrella, magazine, baby bottle or telephone. Also, on the front is a zippered pocket to hold your ID and Passport for your airport travel. Behind that pocket is one for your boarding pass.

On the backside is one large pocket for a newspaper. On the inside, there is a large center dividing zippered pocket that holds file folders. There is plenty of room inside for a laptop computer. Several pockets are inside for your business cards, keys, pens, PDA, and more. To finish it off, there is a zipper that will close tight to keep the contents secure. This would also work great as a sewing tote with a place for patterns or books, fabrics and notions.

Let’s not forget about the “professional” diaper bag, with a pocket for all the babies’ needs.(See FAQ’s for information on bag size and zipper size) I sell a very nice heavy weight webbing/belting that I use in most of my totes.

3 1/2 yards of webbing are needed for a Professional Tote. See 1″ Webbing and 1.25″ Webbing. Note: If you make the handles with fabric, you do not need any webbing. I fuse the handle fabric with Decor Bond interfacing.

Fabrics and Notions needed for the Professional Tote:

Main Fabric: 1-1/8 yards

Contrast Fabric: 1 yard OR 1-3/8 yards if making fabric handles)

Lining Fabric: 1-3/8 yards

1 -Magnetic Snap, 1- Vinyl Pocket1- Cord Lock Set , 2.5 yards of Decor Bond

Handbag zippers: My zipper colors match the webbing colors. You will need one 7″ zipper to match the outside fabric, one 14″ zipper to match the lining fabric & one 18″ zipper to match the outside fabric for the Professional Tote.

Optional accessories:

1- Swivel Hook, 1 Set of Purse Feet


Additional Information

Weight 0.1425 lbs
Dimensions 12 x .25 x 9 in

8 reviews for Professional Tote

  1. 5 out of 5


    I made 6 of these. What does that tell you? They were gifts and the people could not believe I mad them. The construction was a little tricky but the results were amazing. Better than the name brand totes at any price.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The directions are clear, easy to understand and follow. Read through the instructions before doing anything, including cutting!
    It seems complicated but it’s not, just follow the directions step by step. The bag is stunning! I’ve made several for gifts.
    Suggestion, do put ‘feet’ on the bottom, keeps it a bit cleaner.
    I used a longer zipper for the zipper closing, for some reason it was easier to put in.
    Great pattern! Great instuctions! Thank you!

  3. 5 out of 5


    This pattern is amazing! Very well written and easy to follow along.

  4. 5 out of 5


    I made one of these about 10 years ago and love it. I am only making another one now because the straps are getting so worn. This is a fabulous bag and it was so easy to make.

  5. 3 out of 5


    The pattern is fine. The construction is great. But it does have several shortcomings. Despite my reservations about the these things, I made my first PT according to the pattern, with minor exceptions (listed below). Next time, I will make additional modifications.

    The bag is a tad small for airplane travel. Putting puffy pockets on the ends of a 15″ tote does not make it an 18″ tote. On the inaugural flight for the bag, I sat next to a woman who had asked about my bag. She said her daughter-in-law had made her one. She said it was a gorgeous bag, but that she used it for one flight and never used it again because it was too small. Bingo.

    Next time I make it – and there WILL be a next time – I will enlarge the pattern to make it 18″ wide and 6″ deep.

    The other thing I would do is to make the lining asymmetrical. The zippered pocket being in the centre of the bag considerably limits what you can pack into it. I will cut one side of the lining larger and the other side smaller so that the zippered pocket ends up closer to one side of the bag, about 1″ or 1 1/2″ from the side, not in the middle of the bag. That way, the iPad or laptop will slide right in and I will have all the rest of the bag for packing lunch, shoes, headphones, books.

    Changes I did make were to add feet and insert a bit of additional support in the bottom, in the form of plastic canvas cut to fit. I inserted the prongs for the feet up through the plastic canvas and fastened it in before putting the lining into the bag.

    I put a credit card holder on the zippered pocket where the pattern provides for an optional ID holder.

    I used a separating, sports zipper rather than a regular zipper. I like the look of the wider teeth on the bag and it is easier to find things inside.

    Next time, I will either make the bottom contrast section from ‘pleather’, vinyl or home dec fabric or I will use fusible plastic on the contrast fashion fabric. This should help with cleanliness and wear.

    I will also attach a snap to the very top of the handles to hold them together or fashion an additional piece with a snap on it that will hold the straps together. Separate straps just do not stay in place well when running through a busy airport.

    Overall, I love the pattern and I love the look of the bag. I just wish it were larger and that the lining configuration allowed for more usable space inside the bag.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I had been looking for a tote with a middle section inside and bingo you delivered. I have been sewing for over 40 years and must tell you I have never sewed any pattern that was better written or illustrated they this was. The bag turned out great and I can’t wait to make another. I went back to the quilt shop where I purchased the pattern and told them for wonderful yours was written. I saw another one there by you so I bought it just because. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed sewing this bag. I loved how throughout the pattern you gave very insightful tips and how you would write admire and set it aside (it made me smile, like you knew what a person would be doing at that point. I would send you a picture of my tote but I don’t see away to do it. I will keep looking. Thanks for your patterns!

  7. 5 out of 5


    I saw one of the pro totes 4 years ago and admired it. I knew it was way above my pay grade. I just took a class and completed my tote. My instructor changed the pattern to do away with most of the décor bond. She used a lighter pellon in some places, a little décor bond and FUSED SOFT AND STABLE TO THE MAIN BAG PIECES WITH STEAM A seam. She had us cut the soft and stable to be just inside the stitch line so we didn’t have so much bulk on the seams. The bag is beautiful. I am planning to make the mini tote and will use the modified zipper instructions and add purse feet. They did have a tote using décor bond and one using soft and stable sitting side by side. There was a tremendous amount of difference in the appearance. Love the soft and stable. I was surprised to hear someone thought it wasn’t big enough. Much bigger and you’d need a Sherpa to haul it. I love it for commuting to work but want the mini tote and to try Creative Thimble’s other patterns as well.

    • :

      Debby, I am so glad that you finished your Professional Tote. I have not tried one with Soft and Stable myself but have seen a few of them. It would be a good idea to cut down the Soft and Stable like you mentioned so it isn’t in the seam allowances as I think it would be too bulky otherwise. Enjoy all of the compliments you receive on your tote. Thanks, Laura

  8. 5 out of 5


    I took this professional tote bag as a class at my local quilt shop. It was amazing. It is definitely a very involved pattern but so worth the end result. At first I was thinking there was no way that I could ever make this. All you do is follow the very detailed cutting instructions ( and I even used a directional fabric ), she even gives you labels which are amazing to keep yourself organized. Then you follow it along step by step and then next thing you know you are done. I am taking mine on my trip to Alaska with me. Love it, will be making more that’s for sure.

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