Takeoff Tote PDF Sewing Pattern

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  • 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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 9 reviews
by Cate on
Great pattern!

This pattern was worth its weight in gold. I am not a seasoned bag maker at all, and I found this pattern so easy to follow. Every time a question came up I'd look at the instructions and my answer would be there. Erin anticipated everything and made sure the instructions were clear and easy. The pictures were a huge help as well. I made the tote for my MIL and put a zipper at the bottom of the suitcase sleeve so it could be used as a pocket when not on the suitcase handle. At first I thought this was going to be difficult because it was modifying the pattern, but all I did was make another pocket "upside down" and it came out fine. It looks great. I wish I could post a picture here. I will definitely purchase more patterns from Erin because I know she does an excellent job creating them. THANK YOU ERIN!

by Joanne C on
Travel tote

This is a great pattern!!! Your instructions are top notch. My finished tote is so professional looking...I can't believe I made it!

by Sandy on

This is genius. I added a zipper to bottom of pocket so I could use it as extra pocked when not on the handle of my suitcase. Love it. Cutting it down this weekend so i can't overload it.

by Sandy W on
Great travel bag!!!!

This pattern is crazy good. Fits on suitcase handle perfectly and roomie enough for personals and crafts for the plane or car. Very comfortable straps.

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!