Down in the Meadow - book and pattern tote

Down in the Meadow – Book & Pattern Tote


Down in the Meadow – Book & Pattern Tote ~ Finished size 13″ x 14″ when closed.
Large inside pockets suit books up to 9 ½” x 13″.

– A sturdy and easy to carry tote for your needlework books, patterns, tools and projects. A curious rabbit explores his embroidered meadow filled with “double-sided fabric” clover and bluebells. Generous, layered pockets secured with “soft & flexible” velcro, line the inside of the tote. The back of the tote also features a closeable pocket for your notions and tools. “Soft & Flexible” Velcro is distributed by Birch and is available through your local patchwork store.

– The “Down in the Meadow – Book and Pattern Tote” pattern includes iron on transfers for all embroidered panels, a full sized pattern sheet and an abundance of photographic and illustrated instruction.

– The front panel is embellished with bluebells and clover leaves cut from easily made “double-sided fabric”. They are attached to the feature panel with central embroidery, leaving the edges free to sit up a little from the background. This adds a subtle dimensional quality to the design. The clover design also features inside the tote, with embroidered strips edging the smaller pockets.

– “Stash and take” your needlework books, patterns, templates, small rulers and even a small cutting mat to sewing group or classes in one easy to carry tote. The inside pockets are also large enough to store your current projects, whether they be pieced or appliqued blocks or embroidered panels.

– This tote design can also be made using a feature fabric in place of the embroidered panels… making a lovely , personalised gift for a friend.

Product Description

Down in the Meadow – Book & Pattern Tote ~ Finished size 13″ x 14″ when closed.
Large inside pockets suit books up to 9 ½” x 13″.


Fabric required
– Off White Fabric – 1.10 metres x “width of fabric” – embroidery panels, pocket linings & behind pockets
– 1st Feature Print – 40cm x width of fabric – side panels outside, small pockets inside
– 2nd Feature Print – 40cm x width of fabric – handles, horizontal strips and pocket outside and horizontal strips inside
– Blue Fabric – 10cm x width of fabric – bluebells and horizontal strips outside
– Green Fabric – 40cm x width of fabric – clover leaves, panel borders outside, large pockets & central strip inside
– Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing – 14 1/2″ x 27″ (40cm x 70cm)
– Fusible Pellon – 17″ x 26 1/2″ (45cm x 70cm)

Threads and notions required
– Stranded Embroidery Cotton (my threads are listed in brackets)
—— Variegated Green (Cosmo Seasons – 8021) – divided into darker and lighter sections
—— Very Soft Beige/Golden Yellow (Cosmo Seasons 8030)
—— Medium Brown (DMC 840)
—— Variegated Pink (Cosmo Seasons – 8006)
—— Mid Aqua Blue – a fraction lighter than your blue fabric (Cosmo 372)
—— Mid Grey (DMC 413)
—— Ecru (DMC Ecru)
– Fusible Stabiliser – 30cm x width – for backing embroidery panels
– Freezer Paper – 3″ x 4 1/2″ – fabric bluebells and clover leaves
– Fusible Webbing – 5″ square – fabric bluebells and clover leaves
– 16 mm wide, Off-white Soft Velcro – 2 metres (I used 16mm wide Velcro brand “Soft and – Flexible”) – normal, stiffer velcro doesn’t suit this project
– A very fine Fabric Marker
– An erasable Fabric Marker
– An Applique Glue Pen
– General sewing supplies