Oberlin Tote Pattern PDF

Oberlin Tote Pattern PDF


The Oberlin combines rugged function with sleek style. Simple construction and minimal tools make this the perfect bag for a beginner stitcher.

Get ready to learn sweet sewing skills, gain confidence, and create an Oberlin Tote with "I made this!" bragging rights. Designed by Ellie Lum, a bag maker & teacher with over 20 years experience making sewing accessible for stitchers of all levels. Pattern includes 40 pages of illustrated instructions with links to online tutorials & optional online companion class. You’ll be sewing like a boss in no time!

Bag Features

Version 1: Fabric Straps & Version 2: Leather Straps
- Interior zipper pocket, 4 external pockets, reinforced base, and a magnetic snap closure. Can be made on a home sewing machine with fabric of your choosing.
- Dimensions: 11.5"W x 13"H x 5"D

Pattern Features

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Production Time: 4-6 hours
- 40 pgs easy-to-follow & clear illustrated instructions
- Full pattern
- Print at home “tiled” pattern & full-size pattern included
- Links to video & photo tutorials

© Klum House 2017-2018. For individual use only. For commercial production, please purchase a Limited Use License.

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Maker Kits

This bag can be crafted on a home sewing machine with the fabric of your choosing. Our favorite fabric to use is durable water-resistant waxed canvas. Make it easy on yourself by purchasing a maker kits that accompanies this pattern: Choose from full kits or finishing kits. Full kits come with all the fabric, leather straps, and hardware you need to make this bag, including a PDF version of the pattern. Everything is cut, marked, and ready to sew! 

Supplies & Tools

1 Yard Fabric: For main body, interior pocket, base layer & straps. Medium-heavy weight textile such as canvas, waxed canvas, or denim.
1/3 Yard Fabric: For exterior pockets & interior pocket trim. Medium weight fabric, such as waxed canvas, Japanese cotton, linen, denim, etc.
Version 1 (Fabric Straps) Notions: 8" metal zipper, 6" x 6" scrap of light-weight leather, magnetic snap.
Version 2 (Leather Straps) Notions: Medium-weight leather strapping (28" x 3/4"), 8 metal rivets, 8" metal zipper, magnetic snap.
Tools: Denim needles, all-purpose thread, Scissors, optional leather needles, optional Edge-stitch presser foot, optional leather drive punch: Size 3/32 (2.3 mm)