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bag series: simple tote

Calling all beginner sewists! You've just graduated from Sewing 101 and are looking for your next project to make - how about adding a handmade tote bag to your resume? Join us on Saturday, June 1st to make the Simple Tote by our in-house brand, Studio M Squared!

The Simple tote is a stylish, fully lined tote bag featuring an exterior slip pocket to safe keep your personal items, such as your cellphone, keys or wallet.  You can personalize this tote to showcase your personality and run errands in style. It also works great as a beach bag for your towel, a good book, and sunscreen. The finished bag dimensions are 15” wide at top, 12.5” wide at bottom, 12.5" tall, and 2.5" deep.

This is a great class for beginner sewists to build off the skills learned in Sewing 101, while learning even more useful techniques that will advance your sewing capabilities. Students must have taken our Sewing 101 or have an equivalent experience level in order to take this class.

Required Materials: available for purchase in our shop!
- (1) Pattern: Tote-ally Easy Tote Pattern by Studio M Squared
- main fabric for bag exterior: 3/4 yd of quilting cotton or canvas

- lining fabric for inside the bag and pocket accent: 3/4yd of quilting cotton
- 2 yds of fusible interfacing (such as Pellon SF101)
- (1) spool of all-purpose thread

** We have specially curated Tote-ally Easy Simple Tote Project Kits for purchase in our shop that includes the fabric, interfacing and thread needed to make this project.  The pattern must be purchased separately and is available for purchase in our shop.  Browse our curated Project Kits below:
Tote-ally Easy Simple Tote Project Kits
- Tote-ally Easy Simple Tote Halloween Edition Project Kits

Recommended Fabric: 

- We suggest using medium weight fabrics, such as quilting cottons or canvas.

Required Tools: available for purchase in our shop!
fabric scissors
pins and/or wonder clips
seam ripper
chalk or frixion pen

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email and there is a waitlist for the class, and we are able to fill your spot.  Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for the class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Beginner
Requirements: Students must be graduates of our Sewing 101 class, or have an equivalent experience level. Students must be able to confidently thread and operate a sewing machine independently.
Instructor: Andrea McDermott

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090