Lakeview Tote Sewing Pattern



The Lakeview Tote is an oversized tote bag designed to carry everything you need for a trip to the lake or beach or a picnic in a park. The bag is unlined with bias binding enclosing the exposed inside seams and has a inside zipper pocket to secure personal items. It also has two deep side pockets to keep things organized.


Advanced Beginner – Techniques include sewing a zippered pocket on the inside of the bag, and sewing bias binding on bulky seams.


Midweight to heavy weight woven fabrics. Choose a 8.5 – 10oz cotton canvas, bull denim, cotton twill or corduroy for a more structured bag, or a cotton or linen for a relaxed look. Note: Picking a fabric weight heavier than 10oz can make sewing some steps a little more difficult.

You will also need a small amount of fabric for enclosing the bag seams on the inside. Choosing a lightweight woven fabric, like cotton, will make it easier to sew and maneuver around bulky seams.

Sample Details: Gray and brown totes made in 10oz Organic Cotton Duck Canvas in Pebble and Teak from Blackbird Fabrics. Gray and white striped tote made in a cotton ticking (fabric weight unknown).


• Coordinating thread
• 7” (17.8 cm) zipper for inside pocket
• Optional: 1.25” or 1.5″  (3.2 cm or 3.8 cm) wide cotton webbing for straps – 1.3 yards (1.2 m) (instructions are included for making your own out of the main fabric).
• A denim needle (helpful for some steps if using heavier weight fabric)

Finished Dimensions / W x H

Laying Flat – 25” x 18.25” (63.5 cm x 46.3 cm)
Base – 17” x 8” (43.4 cm x 20.3 cm)
Straps – 1.25” x 23.5” (3.2 cm x 59.7 cm)

PDF Printing

You will receive three PDF files after purchasing
• Sewing Instructions
• Print at home tiled pattern (Letter and A4 compatible)
• Copy shop/A0 pattern

The pattern requires bias binding to enclose some of the raw seams on the inside. If you need instructions for making your own bias tape check out my tutorial How to Make Bias Binding Tape. For tips on downloading, printing and assembling your PDF pattern this tutorial walks you through step by step.

You can find me on Instagram @bethanylynne_makes. If you decide to share your finished bag, tag your photos with the hashtag #lakeviewtote. I would love to see your version of the Lakeview Tote! You can see photos of other sewists’ versions of the Lakeview Tote here.


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This pattern may not be reprinted or resold without permission and is for individual personal use only. You may not sell finished products made using this pattern.

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