Melody Expandable Tote

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

This pattern has been retired.

Melody is a versatile purse-sized open tote perfect for everyday use. It features top-closing snap tabs, unique shoulder length handles and an interior zippered pocket. Each side expands with the help of simple magnetic snaps. Ideal for those days you need to carry just a little bit extra.

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  • 11″ wide
  • 9″ tall
  • 4.5″ deep


  • 1/2 yard 44” wide exterior fabric, quilting weight
  • 1/2 yard 44” wide lining fabric, quilting weight
  • 2 yards stiff fusible interfacing (Pellon Craftfuse 808)
  • 1/3 yard fusible fleece interfacing (Pellon Thermolam Plus TP971F)
  • 1/4 yard fusible lightweight interfacing (Pellon Featherweight 911FF)
  • (3) magnetic snaps
  • (4) 1.5” o-rings
  • 2 feet 1/4” O.D. vinyl tubing (optional; available at hardware stores)
  • (1) 7” all-purpose zipper
  • Coordinating thread
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

12 reviews for Melody Expandable Tote

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    A bag that is great for everyday use as well as needing to carry a few extra items to work and such! It’s expand-ability gives you additional flexibility of what you can stuff in her! Love the addition of vinyl tubing from a hardware store for the handles, genius!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    You will NOT be disappointed! Go, Sew this bag. It is so wonderful for everyday and for those of you who use planners, my plum paper family planner fits in it perfectly with room to spare. It is well written and appropriate for the novice as well as the experienced!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love melody! The pattern is well written and appropriate for a beginning bag maker who has some sewing experience. The bag itself is super cute and stylish and large enough to hold everything but not too large to be cumbersome. Swoon bags are always great and never disappoint and melody is no exception!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacey Robar

    I love Alicia’s designs. They are clean, modern, yet classically stylish. There are so many options to customize the bag to truly make it your own. These bags you can carry and enjoy for years, unlike many of the patterns I see out there today that are designed for the moment and will be out of style in a short time. Not Swoon bags…they are designs you can love for years to come!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Connie T

    What a GREAT Fun Sleek Handbag! I know I will be making more!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ellyn Zickler (verified owner)

    The Melody is a stylish, fun tote to make. The handles are beautiful with the twist of using clear tubing for rigidity. The tote expands and features a accent stripe down the side which makes it look even more boutique.I love the extra security of the flap inside the top of the tote. Easy to follow directions and easy to find supplies make this the perfect bag for a quick sew.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    LMorris (verified owner)

    Such a great pattern. Took me a while to get my first one made but I am sure the next one will breeze by. I am already thinking of all kinds of options. Love the stripe and the interior pocket. I got my o rings from the hardware store much cheaper than the fabric store.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bernice Keller

    Haven’t tried this pattern yet, but was very excited to see it on the site. It looks as amazing as all the other Swoon bags. They are all so current and trendy,, and also well-designed and written.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Zinn

    Love this pattern very much. Directions are very clear making it super easy to understand. Only thing I wish was ifferent is the handle length. I wish they were longer.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tante Ann

    My first pattern to sew and it was easypeasy. Instructions are easy to follow. A little bit too small for me but second daughter was happy to take it with her.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    The newest in the swoon family and another easy bag! I can’t get over how easy the pattern is to follow. Not a lot of pieces makes a very pretty bag! Love this one too!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda M

    Love Melody! So easy to sew together. Finished in a weekend. Very roomy. Detailed instructions. Easy to understand if you read 🙂

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