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Amy Butler La Boheme Tote Sewing Pattern, FREE SHIPPING

La Boheme Tote by Amy Butler
Finished Dimensions: 16 1/2" wide x 14" tall (excluding Strap)

-PLEASE NOTE: this is a pattern for making the bag, not a pre-made bag.

La Boheme is a fabulous tote and provides you with lots of options to add embellishments! The quilted central panel is great just quilted and it's also the perfect place to add your favorite handwork details such as beading and embroidery. The La Boheme Tote is made using 44in wide quilting cotton in my Celestial and Glow prints from my 'Hapi' collection for Rowan. This Tote can be best made using any print with a focal design for the Exterior, Flange and Side Panels. Choose from two Handle styles: Fabric Straps embellished with optional ribbon, or Leather Straps made from repurposed leather belts. Instructions for optional beading techniques are included.

MATERIALS LIST (no materials are included)

The yardage given is for a one-way design. Please allow extra yardage for matching or centering a design on your fabric.

Fabrics Required
(44" wide quilting cotton)
Fabric Yardage
1 1/8 yards of Focal Print for the Center Panel & Flange
1/3 yard of Print for Side Panel
5/8 yard of Lining Print
1/2 yard for Bias Strip
1/2 yard for Fabric Straps (optional)


1 1/8 yard of 20” wide fusible woven interfacing – (I use Shape Flex® SF-101 from Pellon®)
1/2 yard 44” wide muslin
1/2 yard 45” wide fusible fleece – (I use Fusible Fleece 987F from Pellon®)
1 pkg 36” x 45” extra-loft batting – (I use Poly-Fil Extra Loft® Quilt Batting from Fairfield®)
2 7/8 yards 5/8” wide ribbon - (I use my ribbons from
1 spool of transparent thread
1 spool of coordinating all-purpose thread
1 hand-sewing needle
An assortment of 2-3 mm beads to cover the select areas of your Focal Design (optional)
1 beading needle (optional)

Fabric Straps
1 3/4 yards 5/8” wide ribbon
1/8 yard 45" wide fusible fleece

Note: There will be enough fusible woven interfacing from the 1 1/8 yards above for the Fabric Straps


Leather Straps
2 leather belt straps – 3/4" wide x 29” long x 1/8” thick or one 1 1/2" wide x 1/8” wide thick leather belt, split lengthwise using a Strap Cutter (available at
1 spool of Carpet/Upholstery thread
Nail and hammer
Curved hand-sewing needle – for sewing leather straps
Craft knife or scissors


Straight pins
Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth
Fabric marking pen/pencil
Transparent tape
Turning tool (such as a closed pair of scissors)
Hand-sewing needle
Measuring tape or ruler
Seam ripper
Large safety pins
Rotary mat, ruler and rotary cutter (optional)
Machine Quilting Foot (for your sewing machine)
Walking Foot (for your sewing machine)
Tracing paper and tracing wheel

Pattern includes metric conversion chart inside. tall with Straps) x 6” deep

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