Very Berry Patterns on Etsy

So, one of the reasons why I have been so very quiet on here lately is that I have been focusing my mind very hard on writing patterns for the workshops I am teaching at Hollies Haberdashery and at my Studio. What has been brilliant, and a bit unexpected, is that I have had such lovely feedback from students about how easy to follow the patterns are, and how much they appreciate the level of detail that I include. So, I have decided to take the plunge and am starting to sell them in my Etsy shop. It’s a slow process because I am getting volunteers to test them thoroughly before I put them up for sale – but my first pattern is now available!

As you can see, it is a nice big roomy tote bag. It is a pattern that would suit confident beginners – it includes a internal zipped pocket and has a flat base – great first bag techniques to learn. There are loads of photos and as much information as I can think of about all the steps involved. The pattern runs to a little over 16 pages, so you can tell it has a LOT of detail, and my aim is to guide you through the process as smoothly as I can.

I’ve used the pattern several times myself – this one was the original class sample:

Here’s how the internal zip looks:

It’s a great zipped pocket for a beginner to tackle because you don’t need to fiddle around with a zipper foot, and it’s fairly straightforward to get a lovely neat finish. My pattern tester was a bit worried about this bit, but very pleased with the results.

Here’s the early prototype version that I got to keep for myself – I am using it as my everyday work/shopping bag. I really love mix and matching the fabrics, and I added a bit of appliqué on this one:

All the trimmings tote

And a version made for a friend, with more appliqué:

Tote bag for Lisa

And here’s the lovely version that my pattern tester Gwawr made – isn’t it gorgeous!


Hope it takes your fancy! And if it does and you decide to buy, I’m really happy to help with questions and see and share pictures of your finishes.

And there’ll be more Very Berry patterns to come… 🙂  And, oh yeah, if you fancy being one of my pattern testers, and getting hold of a pattern for free, do follow me on Instagram.

9 thoughts on “Very Berry Patterns on Etsy

    1. Carol, thank you for asking, and thanks for making me realise that I need to include this info in my Etsy listing! The bag is 14 inches tall (excluding handles), 15 inches wide across the top edge, 10 inches wide at the bottom, and 6 inches deep at the base.

  1. Hi Ali lovely to hear from you, I miss your posts. I would love to come on one of your workshops at your Studio do you have a link I can follow. Am heading over to Etsy to have a look at your pattern it looks fab. Have a great week ahead. Big hugs and loves
    Dorothy 🙋🏻😘xxxx

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