Dana tote & bag – testers roundup

Hello, my crafty friends!

Yesterday I released the Dana tote & bag pattern, and today I want to show you all of the lovely pattern testers versions. As always they did not disappoint! Before we start drooling over all of these beautiful bags, I want to say a huge thank you! I have the best group of pattern testers anyone could wish for! They always take the time, not only to test the pattern but also improve the sewing instruction. My confidence grows with each pattern and I would not be able to do it without this talented group of people!

Now, let’s see which version they made and what did they think about the pattern.

Sarah made Dana bag (version 3) with a divided front slip pocket from faux leather.


Glenda made standard version 2. The fabric used: vinyl, Ankara for the outside, cotton for the lining.

“Love the pattern, lots of pockets. The go-to bag.” @iamglendasam

Sabrina made version 3 from denim canvas and leather.

“For me, this is a great travel bag since it is spacious and has multiple pockets.” @bagsandmorebysabrina

Debbie made version 3 using cork leather and 100% cotton.

“Very useful size, a smart bag for everyday use. Works well in a range of fabrics and easy to put together.” @bobbin_broad

Samantha made version 3. The fabric used: lightweight canvas

“A lovely versatile pattern. I am very pleased with the end result.” @Sam Harbottle

Jennifer made version 1 with longer handles, recessed zipper and slip pocket with a magnetic snap. The fabric used: faux leather, wool and waterproof canvas.

“The pattern was a fun sew and I loved all the different ways this bag could be made. I made the V2 fold over so I can carry my laptop and notebooks …etc to meetings.” @J Spears Designs

Marilena made version 2 with longer handles, recessed zipper and magnetic snap slip pocket from vinyl and interfaced quilting cotton.

“I am a keen tote bag user for my shopping, but I’d never use one to carry my essentials! That is – till I made this one. The opportunities for customisation are aplenty and I like the style’s versatility. I made a convertible tote to start with but I am already eyeing possible colour combinations for the crossbody bag version: its sleek and unassuming lines allow for the showing off of many pretty fabrics!” @What’s sewing on here

De made version 1- the classic tote and added a trim to the zipper pocket on the back and a strap. Fabric used: denim and quliters cotton with vinyl base.

“Well written step by step pattern with photos.” @daisy_enchanted

Dana tote & bag pattern

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