Santorini Tote sewing pattern - easy to sew zipper top tote

The Santorini Tote has been updated with new sizes and lots of options including security pockets. Make handles or straps (or both)- the goal is to make the bag customized to you. I've had it tested multiple times once again, just to make sure it's easy to understand for all levels of Sewists.

Printed pattern is here.
PDF instant download is here.

I have FULL video walk through links in the pattern for you, including an all vinyl Santorini and a purse-sized quilting cotton Santorini.

Read my Guide for sewing vinyl here if you need it.   ;)

Size large:

 Purse size:

Susan's bag is super duper chic and classy!  Find her AHHmazing bag making skills on her IG feed @skh51

 Buzy Bette's bag is so beautiful in this fabric- she added extra pockets inside plus quilted the outside in squares around the Asian Beauties. She's another Bag Making Wizard! Find her makes on her IG feed @buzybette.

The Santorini Tote is a large zipper closure bag perfect for making your next getaway. Pattern comes with THREE sizes!  two sizes (regular) and (large). 

This digitally drawn pattern includes step by step instructions, diagrams, and photos walking you through sewing this bag.

The Santorini is PERFECT for vinyl.
It's specifically designed for vinyl, cork, and other sturdy fabrics.

I LOVE my sew-able leather handles/straps. 

I had them designed so you can SEW through them with ease, no hardware or rivets needed!  Although here I did put rivets in because I FORGOT TO SEW THE STRAPS ON. Bahahahahahahaha!

Have you ever done such a thing?

Leather sew-able straps here and here.

If you make the regular size bag, two fat quarters will make the exterior. This is all you "waste"---(but actually you can use those scraps for zipper tabs later).
 One fat quarter = one exterior side

For this bag I made it with two fat quarters of DRAGON fabric (one is eye balls). It's now my Daughter's Piano bag. I found this amazing fabric at Blue Bar Quilt shop in Middleton,WI.

Trina went WILD like the badass she is and made three Santorini Totes--outfitting them for friends who knit! Or crochet. Or make poms. They're so gorg in her patchwork style! Find her mad sewing skills here @trina_peterson.

You can sew this tote in nearly any sort of fabric- quilting cotton, vinyl, cork, upholstery fabric, canvas, duck cloth, leather... My key tip is to interface it as instructed in the pattern. Interfacing makes a WORLD of difference--not only in appearance but also in strength.

This is vinyl snake iridescent lavender fabric. 

I have snake vinyl HERE in my shop.

My kids say it's "extra".  I dig it.

Large size without zipper pockets:
(This is my airport travel bag.)

If you have any questions please email me or reach out on IG. 
I'm @sewhungryhippie. 

 Be sure to comment on a photo if we don't follow each other or it might go into the abyss of lost messages! XOXO



  1. The directions are so easy to understand and the pictures so helpful. Thanks for writing such a great pattern. My friends all want one now!!

    1. Thanks so much for making this bag! Yours is gorgeous!

  2. This bag turned out great! I added my daughter initial so she can take it to nursery. Thanks!

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