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Smile and Wave Tote Bag

PDF Sewing Pattern + Adjustable Strap Tutorial

The Smile and Wave tote sewing pattern by Betz White is an advanced beginner pattern to sew a very stylish and accessible bag in two sizes. This large tote is spacious enough to hold anything you might need for a day of fun and sun.  This tote offers a wide-open top with shoulder straps. Inside the bag there are three easy to sew slip pockets as well as one zippered pocket to hold small valuables.  The Smile and Wave tote’s two large exterior pockets use a magnetic snap closure. The smaller sized tote bag features all of the same great options and ideal to carry your personal belongings.  This printable  PDF sewing pattern provides color photographs, detailed diagrams, a glossary, and all assembly directions needed to sew the large and small Smile and Wave tote.


  1. Large: 21″ top opening, 8″ x 13″ base, 25″ high including handles.

  2. Small: 16 1/2″ top opening, 6″ x 10 1/2″ base, 19″ high including handles.

Betz White’s Adjustable Strap Sewing Tutorial:

Learn how to use purse hardware to make an adjustable strap for your favorite bag.

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