Kathy’s Expandable Carry-All

(1 customer review)


SKU: TCT114 Category:


The Cathy’s Expandable Carry-all is the perfect bag for every day that gives you a little extra space when you need it. This versatile bag is structured and sturdy in its smaller form. When you need to pack a few extra things, simply unzip the dividing zipper to reveal five inches of extra space and an unexpected pop of color.

The inside of the Carry-all features two patch pockets and a zippered pocket that remain easily accessible whether the bag is expanded or not. Two pouch pockets on the outside mean you will always have your phone, keys, and other necessities within easy reach. A zipper secures the top of the Carry-all to keep its contents safe.

There are two size options included in this pattern. The smaller handbag size will be your new favorite everyday bag. The larger tote-bag size is perfect for travel or shopping. Make both and be ready for any adventure!

FABRICS Large Tote Bag Size Carry-All Small Handbag Size Carry-All
Upper Section, Outside Pockets and Top Zipper Section ⅞ yard ⅝ yard
Mid-Section w/zipper ¼ yard or

1 fat quarter

¼ yard or

1 fat quarter

Lower Section (see fabric options to the left) ¼ yard or 1 fat qtr. ¼ yard or 1 fat qtr.
Lining Pockets ½ yard or 2 fat qtrs. ½ yard or 2 fat qtrs..
Lining ⅞ yard ⅝ yard
Contrast Fabric for Pocket Bias Binding ¼ yard or

1 fat quarter

¼ yard or

1 fat quarter

Fabric Handles optional OR ¼ yard ¼ yard
1” Webbing for Handles 1½ yards 1½ yards
Heavyweight, Décor Bond® Fusible by Pellon #809* 1yd. OR 1¼ yd. with optional fabric handles ⅞ yd. OR 1⅛ yd. with optional fabric handles
Medium Weight,  Shape-Flex® by Pellon #SF101* 1¼ yards 1⅛ yards
Soft and Stable™**(for the Lower Section) 14″ x 17″ piece 12″ x 17″ piece
 Top Zipper 18” 18”
Wrap-Around Zipper 40” 40”
Lining Zipper Pocket 9” 9”

Additional information

Weight .09375 lbs

1 review for Kathy’s Expandable Carry-All

  1. Valerie

    I just finished my expandable carry-all and I love it! The picture on the pattern does not do it justice! This bag is a professional looking purse with the ability to expand into a tote for those unexpected purchases. I can’t wait to make another one.
    This pattern was so well written which enabled me to feel successful even though I had never attempted anything like this.
    I really can’t express how thrilled I am with this bag or how proud I am of accomplishing this!

    • lmmsew

      Thank you so much for the kind words about my pattern, I’m so happy that you enjoyed making the bag. It is kind of like magic when the bag opens. I designed it and still have that feeling when I open the bag. Enjoy using it and have a wonderful holiday. Laura

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