Knot Tote



If you're looking for cute new patterns to sew purses, check out this Knot Tote Tutorial, a free sewing tutorial that will teach you how to sew a purse. It's a perfect summer bag made of lightweight materials that will take under a half hour to make! You can also use heavier materials like suede and make a pretty bag for fall!

Knot Tote


  • Yard of exterior fabric
  • Yard of lining
  • Pattern
  • Coordinating thread


  1. Print and cut out pattern pieces.
  2. Lay one exterior fabric piece on top of one lining piece, right sides together. Pin around all edges, but leave a 3 inch opening along the bottom. Repeat for other purse pieces.
  3. Turn right side out through opening, push out all seams, and press. Whipstitch opening closed.
  4. Edge stitch around entire edge.Take the small tabs in the top middle, and literally tie them in a knot, securing with a pin on top.
  5. Sew along top edge. Repeat for both sides.
  6. Put the purse pattern pieces right sides together and pin along the purse bottom, stopping approximately 1 inch before where the purse handle begins.
  7. Sew together.Turn right side out, and knot together straps as you desire.

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I couldn't figure out if the pattern did or did not include a seam allowance. So I took a guess and assumed it did, i.e. I cut the fabric the same size as the pattern. The only alteration I made was: after reading all the comments, I extended the small tie part all the way to the center line. I had no problem tying it into a knot. When my bag was finished, it seemed small and also too short. The folds did not fall like in the picture. To fix it, I opened up the purse bottom again and added a bottom piece: a leaf shaped piece, 44 cm (17.5 in) long and 8 cm (3 in) wide when finished (add a double seam allowance to that when you cut the fabric). Now the purse looks better and is more functional, but the the folds still don't fall like in the picture.


I really like this purse, but this pattern needs editing. First you need to state in Step 2 to actually sew the pieces before you turn them right side out and you need to say how wide a seam we need to make. Also the notches are so short, you can't tie them. i hope I can salvage it, because I really love the fabric.

eclecticldy 0053090

Sounds great, but I think you might want to actually sew it in step 2 before you turn it the other way out in step 3.

kt1 7389763

really like this pattern and would love to make this bag but I cannot get printable version

lx3onthelx3 6377756

Tutorial link takes me to KoOnZie.com, but the page is blank with nothing enabled for viewing or navigating elsewhere. Please help!? I love the bag!

miaclark 7552517

Love the look of this. I copied the pattern and cut out the pieces. I pinned the lining and outer piece together. I made a seam all around except for the 3 inches at the bottom. When I turned the pieces right side to, it was too small. I couldn't tie the small tabs together and couldn't pull the long pieces through. I am confused what to do between steps 2 and 3. I assume I wasn't supposed to sew the linings to the outer pieces. Looked for the tutorial to watch, but was unable to access it from the link. Any help is appreciated. Pity to waste the material.

janthissell 7320823

Also could not get to the pattern. LOVE this look, but can't get to the pattern... Google docs won't let me in.


what good is this if I can't print the pattern? sorely dissapointed

frankpeterson 7515989

pattern isn't working either here or your personal link


Is there a tutorial to watch? If so I don't see it.

mhamby 3881154

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