Takeoff Tote PDF Sewing Pattern


Price: $10.00

  • Prices are in USD
  • 30-page full-color excessively detailed instructions with 130 photos
  • 5 computer generated pattern pieces (13 pattern piece pages, dimensions given)
  • Measures about 16″ wide x 12″ tall x 5.5″ deep
  • Top zipper closure
  • Front zip pocket
  • Suitcase sleeve or back pocket
  • Inside patch pockets
  • Lining is completely finished with no raw edges
  • This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open, save, and print a PDF file.
  • Sorry, no refunds on digital products. A download link is provided after purchase.


You know I am all about travel these days, and three trips ago I swore I was done with carried carry-on. When heading to Sydney last time, somehow I ended up with a nice wheeled boarding bag (yay!) and a giant, awkward duffle/tote thing that did not attach to my suitcase (boo!) so I still ended up carrying a heavy bag with my DSLR and a ton of other stuff. I knew standing in LAX back in September that this had to be my next pattern.

Heading home, I left behind my cute little wheeled boarding bag so I could take my larger carry-on with me next time. I didn’t take much home so even with room in my suitcases, there were still things I couldn’t check, like my laptop and medication. I put my laptop in my big Daytripper and grabbed a reusable bag for the rest of it. I liked the concept of traveling light, but I needed a bag with some structure and a zipper and most importantly a designated spot for my liquids bag. And it most definitely needed to be compatible with my luggage AND be a great tote on its own.

The straight sides make it perfect for a narrow airplane aisle, and it’s not so big that it’s going to be too heavy or be difficult to sort through. It’s a simple design on purpose, so it won’t take you more time to sew than it will take to travel to your destination. :) Testers have declared their Takeoff Totes as their new travel, work, teacher, knitting, and even diaper bags. When not flying, I use mine as a gym bag and as that extra tote I throw in my backseat with all the things I don’t want to carry in my purse but might need while I’m out. I hope you find it as versatile as I do!

Materials Needed

Main fabric: 1 yard
Lining fabric: 1.5 yards
20” wide woven fusible interfacing (like Pellon SF101): 4 yards
Foam batting (like Soft and Stable or Bosal In R Form): 18” x 58” package
Extra firm interfacing (like Peltex): 15.5” x 5”
Two sided fusible web (like Wonder Under): Scraps or tape
Hard base (optional): 15.5” x 5” piece of chipboard or plastic canvas
20” or longer nylon purse zipper
10” or longer nylon purse zipper
90/14 Microtex/Sharp or Topstitch, or 100/16 Denim needles
Washi Tape or Masking Tape
Marking tool like an air erasable marker

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by Treva Powe on

I just finished the Takeoff Tote! Great bag! It looks like I just bought an expensive travel bag. The directions were complete and very easy to understand. Thank you for such incredible patterns!

by Geneviève on

Another fantastic pattern! I just made my first Takeoff tote and it was pretty easy, thanks to the detailed explanations. My sewing skill level is somewhere between novice and intermediate and I had no problem whatsoever making this bag. Thank you Erin!

by Prue on

Love this bag - made one for myself for an upcoming trip and friends loved it so much they have put their orders in - now up to number six and have a few more planned for presents. Great size for all sorts of uses and fun to sew! Thankyou!

by betty on

This is the best patterns I have ever used, looking forward to,New ones.
Thank you

by Michelle on
Super Roomy!

I have done quite a few of Erin's patterns by now, and I have to say that this is definitely one of my favorites. It is nice and big and would make a great overnight bag. I love bags in general so I will just use mine for everything! My daughter has already requested one in a travel theme:) This pattern is easy to follow, especially if one has already done some of Erin's patterns. I plan to make more in the future! This is right up there with the Daytripper. Love it!