Santorini Bag sewing pattern variation tutorial

Here are some new bags I made yesterday using the Santorini tote sewing pattern as a base. I down sized it a bit and added a few things. I love making patterns work FOR me. 

Listed below are the changes to the pattern, which you can find in my Etsy Shop.  You will need the pattern to make the bag, I'm outlining the changes only.

(It's the Santorini tote PDF download.)

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The fabric for this version is available here on Amazon. :)

Or click the photo below: 


Cut the main panels at 20" wide x 17" tall
Box the corners at 2.5"
Main bag zipper total length is 19" (with the tabs included)

Interior security pocket with zipper cut one piece 13" x 17" 

Webbing straps instead of handles 53" total length / cut 2
(OR cut small handles like my croc bag at 3" wide x 17.5" long- fold in half and sew down each long edge.)

Place straps 4" from each raw side edge and flush with raw edge of bottom of bag. Top stitch in place.

To add the optional zipper pocket inside the bag, cut a piece of coordinating fabric 13" W x 17" L. See graphic for sewing. The zipper length will be determined by how wide you make the rectangular box. Mine ends 1" from each raw edge of fabric, so about 11". 

It's a useful and easy-to-sew large bag. Feel free to add pockets for more organizing- that's the fun with sewing--you make it YOUR way.  ;)  Kinda like Burger King but healthier. 

These are approx 19" x 13" x 4" 

I love adding charms to my bags- I find a lot of them at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and Joann Fabrics.

Make a matching cosmetic case too-- instructions for a large case are included in the pattern. 

The original Santorini Tote:

Pretty hugenormous at 21" x 14" x 6" deep

I use my white faux leather one for work and travel ALL THE TIME. I love it because nothing falls out, it's big enough to hold everything I need in an apocolypse, and it doesn't look like a roller suitcase. 

If you use a roller no worries-- just don't act like we know each other if I run into you at the airport. LOL!!


I think...

OH MY GAWSH have you seen this?
 It's crowd funded! bahahahahaha


While you're sewing bags, why not make a few of these see-through ones for your toiletries, panties, socks, you name it. Tutorial here.

By the way-- I'm teaching bag making, sewing with knits, and "no-fail" zipper cases on
Nov 2,3,4 at Stitch Supply Co

I'd love to see you there too! 

Sign up for one class or three, spend the night or don't. 
It's super versatile and adjustable. 



  1. Nice adjustments to it! One can always use a new bag!

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    I just enjoyed snooping around your blog. I do not have a blog
    I do have bookface but I am too busy for that.
    I sew every day too. I need some good bag pattern ideas and I love the fashionable examples you have shared.
    I hope you have a fun happy day. I am going to take my 93 year old daddy to Trader Joes today then get some sewing done.
    I like the new Poldark. Are you watching that? What about the Durrells?
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