In Bags & Accessories, Sewing Pattern


Happy September! As you may know, I am one of the 6 contributing designers for the Bag of the Month Club, and September is my month! Introducing the Highline Tote! Members can log in to the BOMC site to download their pattern.

The Highline Tote, named after the elevated park in NYC, is well suited for a day of sightseeing or running errands around town. It’s nice and roomy with a curved top zipper closure. There are large front and back exterior pockets that can hold magazines plus a front flap concealing a small zippered pocket for phone or mad money. The interior has a large slip pocket and a small zippered pocket.


Betz White Highline Tote zip pocket

Betz White Highline Tote strap

What happens when you get tired of carrying your tote? You convert it to a backpack! The back exterior pocket conceals a zippered strap. Just pull it out of the pocket and tuck the handle in. Unzip the strap and hook the ends to the d-rings near the bottom of the bag. Hook and loop tape keep the pocket closed. The front tote handle can also be flipped down and tucked into the front pocket.


Betz White Highline Tote backpack collage

Now you’ve got a quick and easy hands-free bag. Since the handles/strap are not completely removable, there’s no risk of misplacing them or forgetting to bring them along. I purposely kept the hardware small and light to reduce the bulk in the pockets when stored.


Betz White Highline Tote

I’ve found that I often like to carry a backpack on one shoulder. Fortunately, the strap can also be configured to carry the Highline sling-style! Just zip the strap and hook both ends to just one of the d-rings.


Betz White Highline Tote tester collage

To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a selection of Highline Totes made by my amazing testers! I love their different fabric choices and combinations. Left to right: Cindy used an Amy Butler quilting cotton with leather and linen accents. Stacy used a fun map print with faux leather accents. And Linda chose a solid main fabric with a bright patterned accent! I love them all!

Bonus! I’ve included a fun coloring page at the end of the PDF to help you visualize your Highline. There’s lots of opportunity to mix and match fabrics and add pops of color with zippers and accent fabrics.

If you’re not a member of the Bag of the Month Club, you can still join! This session runs July-December. Join now and get all of the previously released patterns at There’s also a super fun Facebook group to join that’s full of friendly members who are there to cheer your bag making on!

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  • Janelle

    Looks good, Betz!! Love this bag!

  • Veronica

    So clever! Love the innovation and the size of this bag.

    • Betz White

      Thank you! I hope people find it useful.

  • Cindy

    Oh man! This is going on the top of my sewing pile.

  • Sally

    Love the look of this bag, Betz!!

  • Anna

    love this Betz, so cute and functional!

  • Barbara Williamson

    I LOVE the look of this bag! Is your pattern available without joining the Bag of the Month Club? Hoping it is…or will be soon….

    • Betz White

      Thank you so much! The pattern is exclusive to the club for six months. It will be available to purchase individually March 1st 2017.

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