The Factotum

  • The Factotum is the perfect office tote bag! At the front of the bag, under the flap, are pen pockets, slip pockets, a divided middle section and a zipper pocket. At the back of the bag is a hidden zipper opening to a large document pocket. The document pocket fits A4 & Foolscap folders easily. There is a slip pocket at each side of the bag. The main compartment is closed by a recessed zipper. Inside you will find a Laptop pocket, two side pockets, 2 large slip pockets with centre pen pocket and a large zipper pocket. There is also plenty of room inside for the Minifacto, which is a smaller cross body bag especially designed to fit in your office tote perfectly, holding all your everyday essentials, such as your wallet etc, so you can just grab it and go out to lunch!

    The Factotum is rated Advanced. Not because it is difficult to sew but because it is a long sew with many pieces to manage. It helps to use the cutting labels provided, pinned to your work so you don't lose track of what everything is! 

    Finished size: Approx. 41cm W X 30.5cm H X 18cm D (16” W X 12” H X 7” D)
  • The pattern for The Factotum has a full requirements list, 47 pages of comprehensive instructions which include 144 step by step colour photos.

    There are printing instructions and test squares to check your scale. Cutting measurements are provided in both metric & imperial PLUS 5 Pattern pieces are included for shaped pieces.

    Cutting Labels are provided for measurement pieces for your convenience.

    A text only section of 12 pages for printing is also included. Save on ink as you don't need to print everything, just refer to the photos on your computer when you need them! !
  • *Exterior 1 - 112cm (44”) wide: 1.35m (1 ½ Yard)

    *Exterior 2- 112cm (44”) wide: 45cm (1¤2Yard)

    *Lining fabric - 112cm (44”) wide: 2.3m (21¤2Yard)

    *Fusible woven interfacing: Pellon Shape-Flex SF101 - 51cm W (20” W). Substitutes are Vilene G700, Therm-o-web HeatnBond or DHJ501: 9.15m (10 yards)

    *Soft & Stable or Pellon Flex Foam or Headliner: 56cm W X 33cm H (22” W X 13” H).

    *Peltex 71F or Fast2Fuse or TimTex or Decovil: 66cm (26”) .

    *Fusible Fleece such as Thermolam Plus or Vilene H640: 30cm (12”)

    *Coreflute: 40.5cm W X 16cm H (16” W X 6 ¼” H)

    *Matching thread (I have used Aurifil Cotton 40wt).
  • *1 X #5 Handbag Zipper - 56cm (22") for Main Closure

    *1 X Dress Zipper: 23cm (9”) for Front Zipper Pocket

    *1 X Dress Zipper 35cm (14") for Interior Zipper Pocket

    1 X 46cm (18") Dress Zipper for Hidden Zipper Pocket

    *4 X 3.8cm (1 ½”) Rectangular Rings

    *1 X Thumb Catch

    *3 X Press Snaps

    *4 X 12mm Bag Feet

    *1 Metal Zipper End

    *20 X Double Capped Rivets 9mm (Cap) X 8mm (Stem) OR Chicago Screws

    *Other Requirements: Double Sided Wonder Tape (or Glue suitable for glue basting – I use Elmer’s Washable School Glue).

    *Fray Stopper, Duct Tape, Hole Punches, Wonderclips, Second pair of Hands, Wine. Plus general sewing requirements

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