Expedition Tote

(12 customer reviews)


The perfect travel tote, featuring Tim Holtz® Eclectic Elements fabric, zippers, thread and tote hardware by Coats. This bag features three large zippered pockets and an easy access slip pocket for maximum organization. Carry on a shoulder with the handles or wear it cross-body with the removable strap. A zippered top closure keeps your belongings safe and secure.

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  • 14″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yard Exterior Fabric A, 44″ wide
  • 1/2 yard Exterior Fabric B, 44″ wide
  • 1/2 yard Exterior Fabric C, 44″ wide
  • 1 yard Lining Fabric, 44″ wide
  • 4 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • (3) 14” all-purpose zippers
  • (1) 9” all-purpose zipper
  • (2) 3/4” D-rings
  • (2) 3/4” swivel clips
  • Coordinating thread
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

12 reviews for Expedition Tote

  1. Lizzie Bradbeer-Belle

    Thanks for the review, Lindsay! One of our team members recently hosted a live sew along of the Expedition Tote in the Swoon Fans Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/swoonfans . Hopefully this will be helpful for future sews!

  2. LINDSAY DUET (verified owner)

    First off this pattern is a bit tricky to follow. The way everything is called out I was lost from the start with which fabrics go where. That is what took the longest to plan out. If there would be a diagram of a tote with it called out what parts were what that would have helped with a visual. But once I had it all sorted, the bag came together beautifully.

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  3. Barb (verified owner)

    Extremely frustrated with this pattern , printed off exactly according to instructions. The pattern pieces come up much smaller , measured 14 inches across on the width Realised when i tried to fit fifteen inch pocket the mistake
    ..and yes I know I should have measured 2 inch square , but I have never had a problem before with other Swoon patterns . so I presumed it would be ok . I’m fact the 2 inch was actually 1/4 inch short of 2 inches . It’s a shame as I really loved the bag

  4. Sheri (verified owner)

    This is a great tote. Attractive, highly functional and a fairly easy sew (though a bit time-consuming). If you’re wonder about the 4 stars though it’s because this is the first Swoon pattern I didn’t feel was perfect for what it is supposed to deliver. Don’t get me wrong- I already plan to make more, but with modifications to the gusset. I hated the gusset in this pattern; it reminds me of something from a 1950s dress – barely functional. Having seen a lot of tribal fusion belly dance cholis and Viking re-enactment clothing, I know gussets can be better utilized, so I’m going to widen it a bit and see if I can make that work.

  5. Grace (verified owner)

    I adore making and carrying all the Swoon totes! I had been using the Sophia beach tote as my everyday bag for the better part of the last two years but needed a crossbody purse I could wear while toting my two young kids around everywhere. This bag is simplistically stylish and functional and I have loved wearing it for the past week and being hands-free! It is large enough to keep diapers and wipes, but small enough that it isn’t bulky and gets in the way when I’m running everyday errands. Love it!

  6. Pamlyn (verified owner)

    Typically for Swoon Patterns, this is one that is well thought out and the finished bag works how it is supposed to. Good and clear instructions. Relatively easy sew; the hardest part being the gusset but the instructions guide through that very clearly. Super pattern to play about with fabric combinations.

  7. Linda (verified owner)

    Dress it up or dress it down. Elegant but practical depending upon the fabric chosen. Love it!

  8. Věra Malínská (verified owner)

    Velmi děkuji ,moc hezky se podle vašeho návodu kabelka šije.

  9. Jennifer Chau Gong (verified owner)

    I also had the problem with getting the 2-inch sample square when printing at 100% size but I just resized it so that I got the right measurement. There’s a lot of pieces to assemble but overall an easy sew. I made this for my 9yo so the crossbody strap was too long so I made it into an adjustable strap instead. She loves all the pockets and the deep pockets.

  10. Peggy (verified owner)

    I had difficulty downloading the pattern. Printing at actual size or 100% meant that the 2 inch sample square measured 2.4 inches. Very confusing. The pattern was the correct size but the sample 2 inch square wasn’t. Once I got passed this, the pattern was great.

  11. Laura Dufresne

    Really gorgeous bag, very deep and just about perfect for a trip. The only issue for me with the length is a little long for my 5’2 stature, and the strap is not adjustable. Easy fixes for me, just add a adjustable strap.

  12. Oriel Lee Huxman (verified owner)

    My favorite! I have given many as gifts and everyone has loved them.

  13. Barbara Hourigan

    Loved this pattern. Especially the interesting gusset and all the pockets.

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