Do you need a tote for the heaviest of heavy items you transport? The Heavy Hauler Tote Bag fits the bill! It’s great for library books, game day tailgating, or even, toting water bottles and a snack to the gym.
The Heavy Hauler Tote is available in two sizes: Full and Mini. The full size would be best for library books, water bottles, and a day hiking. The mini size would be great for a lunch bag, essentials only diaper bag, and purse.
Before you begin, the Heavy Hauler uses one set of 11” internal wire frames. The wire frame helps to keep the tote structured and wide open access inside. They can be purchased from Emmaline Bags. The magnetic snap adds a layer of protection to prevent your items from falling out. There are good tips included on how to sew laminate to make your tote easy to clean.
Here's a couple of hints to make your process just a little easier:
Pay attention to the seam allowance in the directions! It does change!
After making your first Heavy Hauler, I would suggest adjusting your pattern to reflect the cut out squares at the bottom of the Front and Back Outer panels and the Lining panels.
Before trimming the Pocket, baste the side seams. This will help eliminate puckering and bunching.
On a personal note, there is one major change I made to the pattern. On the Loose and Fixed Handles, I was cutting it close on fabric so my handles are cut at 5” not 6” as stated in the instructions. The pattern is intermediate level for two reasons. First, there is a zipper and second, most people find bags intimidating. However, the Heavy Hauler is very easy to construct. The directions are well written. The pictorial directions are very through giving you a step-by-step guide. From cut time to finish, I'd estimate about four hours.
I am very pleased with how my Heavy Hauler Tote Bag came together. The fabric is from the SisBoom Good Company line. It's been hiding in my stash for a while. Don't you just love how fabric speaks to you?
Pattern Revolution has reviewed Two Pretty Poppets Gather Me Up Clutch, Swim Bag, Lunch Bag, Little Multi-purpose Pouch, and Goin' Uptown Tote previously. You can read those reviews here. As always, I love seeing your creations! Don't forget to post your Heavy Hauler Tote Bag on our Facebook page.
Until we meet again! Remember, it’s all about the sewing!