Trinket Tote

Kathy Southern

Trinket Tote

Kathy Southern


Keep jewelry and other small treasures organized in this pint-sized tote. It’s a perfect gift for anyone on your list.



The patterns are on pattern sheet A.

Seam allowances are 1⁄4” unless otherwise stated.

6”x10” fabric rectangle (exterior)

1⁄4 yard of velour, velvet or pinwale corduroy (lining/interior)

6”x10” rectangle of fusible fleece

27”of extra-wide double-fold bias tape

6”of 3⁄8”-wide cording

Two 7” nylon zippers

20” of 3⁄8”-wide ribbon

One 11⁄4”-long strip of hook-and-loop tape (optional)

Coordinating all-purpose thread



Fuse the fleece rectangle to the fabric rectangle wrong side. Fold the rectangle in half widthwise. Align the bag exterior pattern on the fold as indicated on the pattern; cut.

Cut one bag exterior from the lining fabric. Place the lining wrong side down over the fleece; baste the layers together.

Cut two hangers, two tabs, two tops and two interiors from the remaining lining fabric. One of the interior pieces serves as the interior lining.

Transfer all pattern dots and markings to the fabric pieces.



Right sides facing, center one top-piece straight edge on one zipper tape; stitch [1]. Fold the top piece away from the zipper; press. Repeat with the second top and zipper. Topstitch near the seamline on both top pieces.

Sandwich the free edge of one zipper between the right sides of the interior and the interior lining and along the short edges. Align all edges; stitch [2]. Press both pieces away from the zipper; topstitch along the entire seam.

Right sides together, align the free interior raw edge and the free zipper-tape edge allowing the interior lining to hang free; stitch [3]. Press the interior away from the zipper.

Press the interior lining raw edge ¼” to the wrong side. Pin the pressed edge along the wrong side of the second zipper. Topstitch along the entire zipper length close to the seamline [4]; press.


High heat is required when adhering fusible fleece to fabric. Test fuse on a small scrap of exterior fabric before beginning the project. If shrinking or puckering occurs, baste the fleece in place instead.


Fold both tabs and both hangers in half lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch each hanger and tab J” from the long edge to form a tube; turn each tube right side out. Press each tube and hanger flat, centering the seam on the underside.

Fold the interior in half widthwise; pin-mark the center.

Fold each tab in half widthwise with the seam to the inside of the resulting loop. Pin in place on opposite sides of the interior G” above the interior horizontal centerline and between the single dots.

Cut an approximately 1⁄2”x6” rectangle of fusible fleece. Pull the fleece through one hanger with a small length extending beyond each end; press to fuse.

Place the hanger just below the zipper and between the double dots, concealing the zipper topstitching; pin. The hanger ends extend approximately G” beyond each bag side.

Cut a 6” length of 3⁄8”-wide cording. Pull the cording through the tube opening of the second hanger. (Some cording extends beyond each hanger end.)

Place the second hanger directly below the first hanger and between the triple dots; pin, aligning the hanger ends with the bag side edges. Baste a scant G” from both side edges to secure the hangers and tabs [5].

Chalk-mark each hanger center. Secure the hanger so the chalk mark aligns with the vertical center of the bag interior. Stitch a straight line from the midpoint of the flat hanger through the base of the round hanger (see fig. 5).

Wrong side down, place the interior over the exterior lining right side. Open each zipper pull at least 1” from the side edges. Baste the bag raw edges along each side and through all layers.

Stitch a horizonal line across the bag center [6].

Cut two 10” ribbon lengths. Center each ribbon on one end of the bag exterior; baste.

Cut a 27” length of extra-wide double-fold bias tape. Press one of the ends open. Fold that end I” to the tape wrong side; press.

Center the folded end along one long edge of the bag exterior. Align the remaining bias tape along the bag edges; curve slightly at each corner. Overlap the binding at the initial starting point; tucking in the second binding end 3/4”.

Stitch through all layers [7]. Secure the ribbons or tab closure out of the way before stitching.

Trim the excess zipper tape, cording and hanger fabric even with bag raw edges. Fold the bias tape to the bag interior encasing the raw edges and covering the previous stitching line; pin in place. Hand stitch the bias tape to secure.

Your thoughtful fabric selection can reflect the personality and interests of each giftee on your list.

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