Inspiration for bag designs come from all sorts of places BUT necessity is often the mother of invention, or so it was in this case! LOL! My daughter Amy recently started taking dance lessons…..”I need a bag for my dancing gear, mum!”… I made her one….she thought it was ‘cute’… I thought – why not make it into a pattern! So……here is a sneak peek at “Matilda”…..aptly named by Naomi, as usual! Very clever name, don’t you think?

This is what Naomi said- “Matilda, as in Waltzing (Dance!) Matilda – Drawstring tote/bag = swag bag!” Just HOW did she think of that? LOLL! I am hopeless…..the best I could come up with was ‘Dance Bag’! Thanks for saving the day Naomi!

The Matilda pattern is off being tested by my ever so wonderful pattern testers……once we are sure it is free of errors, I will add it to my shop…..MEANWHILE, here are some photos:

Matilda Dance Tote in shimmery foil jersey fabric

Small Matilda

Matilda comes in TWO sizes!

Matilda Dance Tote by ChrisW Designs

Large Matilda

PLUS as an extra BONUS I’ve included instructions on how to use the pattern to make yourself a Faux Leather Handbag as well!

faux leather handbag by ChrisW Designs - a pdf sewing pattern

Faux Leather Handbag


The Matilda Dance Tote is perfect for popping all of your dancing needs into when you head off to your dancing session! Apart from the roomy interior for your leotards and more, it has two interior elastic pockets, perfect for your dancing shoes and a drink bottle plus two interior slip pockets for hair bands, stockings or other little dance necessities. With the pattern provided in TWO sizes, you can make one for your little ballerina or your teenage hip hopper or of course, for YOU!

BUT the dance tote isn’t limited to just dancing! It also makes a great beach bag, overnight bag or even a great book bag! I am sure you can find lots of other fabulous uses too!

PLUS as an added extra, included with your tote pattern are instructions on how to make a Faux Leather Handbag from the same pattern with just a few simple adjustments and the addition of some Grommets!

Finished bag size =
Small = Approx. 30cm (12”)W  X 28cm (11”)H X 10cm ( 4¼”) Base
Large = Approx. 37cm (14½”)W  X 33cm (13”)H X 10cm ( 4¼”) Base

Coming soon! 🙂

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