I hope you’ve marked your calendars for the Field Study Tote Sew-along! Today I’m going over supplies so you can gather everything you’ll need before we get started on May 18th.

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You’ll need a copy of the Field Study Tote pattern, discounted now through May 18th in my Craftsy and Etsy shops, especially for this sew-along!

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Variations of the Field Study Tote, sewn by my pattern testers!

3/4 yards 44” – 60” mid-weight Main fabric, such as canvas, wool suiting, home dec, etc.
I’ve also used quilting cotton  and it turned out just great. The main thing to keep in mind when using a print, is that it is multi-directional. Because the top of the tote folds over, you want to be sure that your print will look ok upside down.

1/2 yard 45” mid-weight Accent A fabric for the lower panel and strap, such as corduroy, waxed canvas, faux leather, denim etc.

1⁄2 yard Accent B fabric for handles and tabs, such as canvas, twill, etc. (Note that Accent A and B can be the same fabric.) OR 3 1/4 yards webbing, 1 1/4” wide.

1 1/2 yards 44” wide lightweight lining fabric like quilting cotton

1 yard 45” wide fusible fleece, such as Thermolam
2 yards 20” wide cotton woven interfacing, such as Shape Flex® SF101
You can read a little here about which stabilizers I use and why

9” nylon zipper for interior pocket
14” zipper for top of bag
(2) 1 1/4” D-rings
(2) 1” D-rings
(2) 1 1/4” swivel clips
(1) 1 1/4” slider buckle
(1) 1/2” magnetic snap
1” x 2” piece of Velcro
Not sure where to get hardware? Here’s a post I’ve written with lots of resources for you!

Double-sided 1/4” wide Wondertape. Have you used this for inserting zippers? It’s great stuff! I’ll show you how to use it in the coming posts.


What fabrics are you thinking of using? Be sure to show them off in the Betz White Sewing Pattern Forum!