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Vacation is over and it’s back to the business at hand. The good news: I love my job and there is so often something fun and exciting to share with you. Today, I bring you the latest in my Make New or Make Do™ Sewing Pattern line, the Isabella Tote:

The Isabella Tote is a great grab-and-go tote, simply made from a fresh yard of pretty printed fabric (seen above in my organic cotton sateen Indian Summer Floral) or from one standard size pillowcase!

The cool thing about the construction of the Isabella is that when you make it out of a pillow case, it uses the whole pillowcase with virtually no waste. Oh, Isabella, you are one smart girl.

And just for fun, I included instructions for a scaled down version, called the Mini Izzy. It’s perfect for use as a handbag or for toting along your latest needlework project.

The Isabella Tote pattern, along with my other Make New or Make Do™ sewing patterns, are available in printed hard copy at several online retailers and will be arriving soon at brick-and-mortar locations around the country. Yippee! I will update my website with stockist information as it becomes available. If you’re interested in purchasing a PDF version of this pattern, it can be found in my etsy shop.

Why is this tote called the Isabella? I named it after my niece, who also goes the by nickname Izzy!

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  • blair

    Its so cute Betz! I think I need a back to school handbag.

  • Honey Lamb and I

    I love it and need to try to make one for the fall!! ~SHelley O.

  • Diana

    ooohhh, I really like this. It’s lending fuel to my “really need a serger” fire…:-)

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to try this! I made need to make a few of them!!

    thanks for sharing,

  • Astrid @ The Lopsided House

    Is this a good beginning sewing project? I’m totally and completely a beginner (but I can use a sewing machine- okay, sort of). I’d love to make it!

  • Kerstin

    Very cute pattern!! I want the green shoes in the photographs too!

  • Betz White

    Astrid, I would say it’s appropriate for an advanced beginner, meaning someone that has sew a few things, read a few patterns.

  • Melony Bradley

    Great pattern. Super nice fabric you chose to show it in too

  • Hanna's Mom

    I love the bag in blue & green shown on a post prior to your vacation. What is the name of that bag and will the pattern be available soon?

  • Betz White

    Hi Hanna’s Mom,
    Thanks! That bag is called the Olive Swing Bag. It will be available next week in pdf version in my etsy shop. It is available now in printed hard copy at and

  • Aldana

    Uau!!! Are very pretty!!!
    Hugs from Argentina!

  • Alicia P.

    That is absolutely adorable — I love the pillowcase one. I think I even have that same pillowcase (but mine’s all faded and rippy, and nowhere near as cute as the bag). Love it.

  • de21boton

    I love it and your blog!
    a spanish fan!! ;)

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