Farmer’s Market Totes ~ A Pattern

Today I’m excited to share with you a new tutorial, the Farmer’s Market Tote. Andover Fabrics was kind enough to send over some of Marisa of Creative Thursday‘s upcoming line Locally Grown for these bags. I am absolutely in love with the little sheep and strawberries.

It does feel a bit strange making bags for fresh veggies when it looks like this outside.

But I think that is partially what motivated me – I’m ready for summer! And anyway, it doesn’t need to be warm to need a big bag to carry our fabric around in, right? Let’s get started!

Farmer’s Market Tote

Please note, all seams are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted

Fabric Requirements
Outer Panel – 1/2 yard
Outer Pockets – 1/2 yard
Pocket Lining – 1/2 yard
Inner Lining – 1/2 yard
Straps – 1/4 yard (not a fat quarter)
Interfacing, (I used Pellon SF101) – 1 yard

Step 1: Cut your fabric.

Pattern Piece Size Number to Cut
Outer Panel 17-1/2″ x 20″ 2
Outer Pockets 14-1/2″ x 20″ 2
Pocket Lining 14-1/2″ x 20″ 2
Inner Lining 17-1/2″ x 20″ 2
Straps 4″ x 26″ 2
Interfacing 17-1/2″ x 20″ 2

Step 2. Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of your outer panel fabrics according to the manufacturers directions.

Step 3. Now we are going to do a bit of trimming. Take your 17-1/2″ (tall) x 20″ (wide) Outer Panel rectangles and trim a diagonal line from the top left corner to the 1-1/2″ marking on your cutting mat, as shown.

Step 4. Repeat on the right side of the fabric, cutting from the top right corner to the 18-1/2″ marking on your cutting mat.

Step 5. Once your fabric angles are trimmed, cut 2″ squares out of the bottom left and right corners. This is for your gusset later. Because there is a slight angle from steps 3 and 4, you won’t be removing an exact square. Just be sure to line up your ruler as shown below.

After cutting out the squares, this is what your Outer Panels should look like.

Step 6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 for your Inner Lining.

Step 7. Now it’s time to trim the Outer Pockets. Just like you did for your Outer Panel, we are going to cut the fabric at an angle on the left and right sides. Line up your ruler from the 17-1/2″ marking on your cutting mat, to the 1-1/2″ (when cutting left) and 18-1/2″ (when cutting right) measurement on the bottom of the cutting mat, as shown. This will get you the same angle you cut on previous pieces.

Alternatively, you could use your previously cut Outer Panel as a template and trim along the already cut lines.

Step 8. Just as you did in Step 5, trim 2″ squares from the bottom corners. Your Outer Pockets should look like this.

As you can see, the Outer Pocket fabric has the same angles now as the Outer Panel fabric.

Step 9. Repeat for your Pocket Lining.

Everything is now cut – yay! Pat yourself on the back.

Now let’s sew it together!

Step 10. Take one of your Outer Pockets and one of your Pocket Linings. Pin along the top, right sides together. Stitch along just the top, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Step 11. Flip right sides out, and press. Top stitch along the finished seam.

Step 12. Repeat for your second Outer Pocket and Pocking Lining.

Step 13. Place your finished Outer Pocket Panel on top of your Outer Panel, as shown. Pin together along sides and bottom. Machine baste along the sides and bottom of the panel, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. ** Do NOT sew the cut out squares! **

Step 14. Now we are going to split the pocket into two sections. Using your ruler and a marking tool, measure halfway across the panel. Mark a sewing line lengthwise down the panel, as shown.

Step 15. Starting at the bottom of the panel and working your way to the top of the pocket, stitch your marked line. Cross over a bit from the top of your pocket onto the Outer Panel and backstitch. This will reinforce your pocket at the top.

Step 16. Repeat for the second Outer Pocket Panel and Outer Panel.

Step 17. Place your finished Outer Panels right sides together and pin along the sides and bottom. Take care to match up the top of the pockets when pinning. This sort of attention to detail will make your tote bag look professionally made.

Step 18. Sew down the sides and bottom of the fabric, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. ** Do NOT sew the cut out squares! ** Press your seams open.

Step 19. Now it’s time to sew the gussets! If you have never done this before, this is probably the trickiest step. I took a lot of photos to help explain.

“Open” up your bag in the corner where you cut the squares, and place the fabric back together matching up the side and bottom sewn seam, as shown.

Step 20. Pin as shown.

Step 21. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Step 22. Repeat on the other side to make the second gusset. This is what your bag should now look like.

Step 23. Attempt to press your seams and flip your bag right side out.

Step 24. Repeat steps 17 – 22 to assemble your Inner Lining. **Leave approximately 5″ open along the bottom however, for flipping the bag right side out later.**

Step 25. Place your Outer Tote Section right side out, into the Inner Tote Section wrong side out, as shown.

Step 26. Pin along the top of the bag, and sew together along the entire top, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Step 27. Flip your bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.

Step 28. Stitch the bottom of the lining closed.

Step 29. Press your bag and top stitch around the top.

Step 30. Almost there! It’s time to make the straps. Fold the short edges of your strap fabric in about 1/4″. You can optionally stitch these down, as shown. Now fold your strap fabric in half, lengthwise. Iron to make a crease and then open.

Step 31. Fold your strap fabric in lengthwise towards the center crease line, as shown. Press.

Step 32. Fold in half again. Press.

Step 33. Stitch around each side of the strap. Repeat for the second strap.

Step 34. Measure 3″ on each side of the pocket line you stitched earlier. Place your strap ends at this point, 1-1/2″ down from the top of the tote bag. Pin in place.

Step 35. Stitch in place, around all sides and then diagonally, as shown.

Step 36. Repeat until all 4 strap ends are attached.

You’re done! Fill up your tote with all sorts of fun stuff!



  1. Reply


    March 1, 2013

    Pretty! Thanks for taking the time to work this up. I’ll be using it to make a book-bag to go with the baby quilt I’m working on. 😀

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    Elisabeth DeMoo

    March 1, 2013

    So cute! Great pattern. It will work great for the market.

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    March 1, 2013

    Very cute! Love how simply you presented it!

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    March 1, 2013

    Very cute!! Love the fabric… it’s making me anxious for summer to hurry up and get here too!

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    March 1, 2013

    I am so glad I found your blog! You make the nicest things and make it so easy to follow! For a novice like me! I can do this! It’s adorable! Thank you!

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    Joyce Mitchell

    March 1, 2013

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

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    March 1, 2013

    Love this pattern and the tutorial is great! Thanks so much!

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    March 1, 2013

    Wow, this actually looks quite simple but I think that is because your instructions and pics. were so great! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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    shirley tener

    March 1, 2013

    i LOVE it and the details you give your tutorials.

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    evelyn boundy

    March 1, 2013

    Thanks for the great ideas. i think this would be a great way to use up some of our “funny” fabrics.The fabrics you have used are beautiful and I really like that this is a larger grocery tote. Thanks for sharing.

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    March 1, 2013

    Great tutorial. Thank you. I really like that fabric…

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    March 1, 2013

    These are gorgeous, Faith. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    March 1, 2013

    Wonderful bag it is perfect. My daughter and I go to the farmers market every Saturday starting in April and was wondering what I was going to make for our bags this year, appreciate you taking the time to do this for us.

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    Hedda Eyben

    March 1, 2013

    This is great! Thanks Faith. The fabrics are wonderful and I think my sister, who is mad for farmer’s markets, needs one of these bags. (I might make one for myself while I’m at it.)

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    March 1, 2013

    thanks for sharing! on my to-do list now!

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    March 1, 2013

    These are so darn cute!!! Thanks for the great tutorial. I think I must now make one for all three of my girls, I mean how could I not? You’ve made it so easy!!

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    Gina f.

    March 1, 2013

    Pretty totes!! Thanks for the tute!

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    March 1, 2013

    Super cute! I love the canvas for the handles.

    p.s. I’m sorry for accosting you with a hug when I met up with you, Lee and Natalie at QuiltCon! I hope I wasn’t too terrifying or crazy-seeming. 🙂

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      March 1, 2013

      Ha! No worries, I’m a hugger!! 🙂

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    March 1, 2013

    What a great bag and tutorial! I really should make one – most of the totes I have were giveaways 🙂

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    March 1, 2013

    Hello Faith, thanks for the great tut! Love the bag! Great gift idea.

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    Sharon Payne

    March 1, 2013

    Thanks very much for sharing. Oh the possibilities.
    Great site.

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    March 1, 2013

    Love the summery fabric, wish it would start to warm up outside!

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    March 2, 2013

    enjoyed the tutorial. how does one print it off with out all the other ads listed on the right hand side.. have nt worked out how to do that!!

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    March 2, 2013

    Looks great – I love a bag with a bottom. I was just considering that fabric and wondering how I could justify the purchase…. 🙂

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    March 2, 2013

    The new line of Locally Grown fabrics are adorable! I very much like the Farmer’s Market tote. I usually leave my bag in the car and have to carry my purchases in plastic bags, but I’m sure I wouldn’t forget a sunny, fresh Farmer’s Market tote! I want to make one!

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    March 2, 2013

    Great tutorial, as always…clear directions, great images! Adorable fabric choices. I took several online workshops with Marissa and she and Sean are really kind, wonderful people.

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    March 3, 2013

    I love to make bags and totes…I can’t wait to make this one…thank you for the clear directions and the fabulous photos…

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    March 4, 2013

    It’s nearly the end of summer for some of us, and it was 33 Celsius today!
    Great tutorial, as always, easy to follow and great instructions.

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    Marisa and Creative Thursday

    March 7, 2013

    This is fantastic Faith! I love it. thank you so much for all the work you put in and for sharing this.

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    April 8, 2013

    Love this! Can ‘t wait to get started! Thanks for simplifying it!

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    April 11, 2013

    Faith, thank you for posting this awesome tutorial! Your instruction made it SO easy to follow I was able to whip up a bag shortly! Love this tutorial so much!

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    Andrea VH

    April 8, 2014

    Thank you for sharing and all the time involved in doing so! Your instructions and pictures make the project effortless! I love, love the look of your blog. So pretty and so easy to read.


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