Here is it, the first new Betz White Sewing Pattern of 2015!

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The Field Study Fold-over Tote adapts to your needs. This versatile bag features a zippered top closure with handles that fold down, allowing you to carry your essentials with ease. There’s a back pocket with a magnetic snap closure for easy access. Inside there’s a zippered pocket and a padded slip pocket sized to fit a tablet. As needed, the Field Study Bag expands to a tote with a removable shoulder strap, ready to handle whatever your day brings. The finished measurements are 17” H x 16” W x 2” D.


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I love this bag! It’s got 2 sets of D-rings to multiply the ways it can be carried. Shown above, the adjustable strap is clipped to the lower set of D-rings. In this position the top of the bag folds over like a flap. The back side has an exterior slip pocket with magnetic snap closure. Perfect for  accessing boarding passes or gum. You know, important stuff.

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Move the strap up to the top set of D-rings and the bag expands, putting the zippered opening at the top. Now it can be worn as a shoulder bag. And fit more stuff!


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Lastly, you can carry the bag as a tote by the short handles and let the strap dangle or remove it completely. The interior of the bag has small zippered pocket as well as a padded slip pocket with velcro closure. Perfect for a tablet! Both pockets are placed just below the “fold-over” line so that they can be used when the bag is in any position.

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I’ve made my bag out of wool suiting, corduroy and waxed canvas. I love the cozy, collegiate book-bag look of it! My wonderful testers tried out the pattern using a variety of fabrics and I’ll be sharing those with you later this week. In the meantime, you can grab a copy of the Field Study Tote PDF pattern over in my Etsy shop!