Ethel Tote

Rated 4.70 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)


A roomy, sturdy and stylish open tote bag. With a teardrop shape, Ethel veers away from the usual boxy tote. It’s a “stuff it in and run out the door” kind of bag, designed to comfortably sling over your shoulder. There are a few slip pockets for the small things.

Currently only available as a downloadable pattern.



  • 9.5″ wide at top
  • 13″ wide at bottom
  • 5″ deep
  • 10″ tall


  • 2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight exterior fabric
  • 3/4 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric
  • 1 yard fusible (or sew-in) foam interfacing (Pellon Flex-Foam FF78F1)
  • 3 yards 20” wide fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 1/4 yard fusible stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • Coordinating thread

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 1/4 You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.
You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

10 reviews for Ethel Tote

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Keeney

    I love this bag. It is nice and spacious. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow. A wonderful sew.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle (verified owner)

    This was my FIRST bag I’ve ever sewn and it was so easy! The instructions were so very clear and now I’m inspired to make more and different bags. It’s a great introduction to making bags as I can see how I could possibly alter things or expand on the knowledge I’ve gained creating this one!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hailey Muhler (verified owner)

    This pattern was so simple and easy to understand! I’ve only been sewing for 3 months now (zero experience prior to that) and I was able to make a lovely bag with this pattern. Now I’m addicted and cant wait to begin my next Swoon pattern! Thank you!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharry Neumann

    This was also my first bag and the pattern made it so easy. I have now made three and added a inside zip to the last one. Now I want to try a recessed zip. Great pattern.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeannè Garland (verified owner)

    This pattern started a love affair with Swoon. and now Im ready to tackle the more complicated looking swoon bags.

    I made 2 to of these to specs. Then I change up a few of the measurements and did quilted pieces that I used for this pattern and made half a dozen black and white quilted Ethel bags that I am so proud of.

    I love the shape of this bag and it is so straight forward you can put your own icing on it easily. Adding more inside pockets or key clips etc.

    Just a great basic patten!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’ve made several of these now. A really great, easy pattern.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alison (verified owner)

    This is such a fun bag to make, not complicated at all yet the result is a really great bag !

  8. Rated 3 out of 5

    Jo (verified owner)

    Love the bag, but would love it more if it was a bit bigger. The actual size is more purse than bag.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mommadavidson00 (verified owner)

    I downloaded this and can not print from my phonHelp Me!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this bag. Just the right size for me. It’s a quick sew with great instructions. Made a few already. Highly recommend it!

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