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Beach/Yoga/Gym bag - The Motherload Tote!

Class Description

She’s the mother of all bags, it’s the Motherload Tote! This hefty mama can easily carry all you need for the beach, dance class, yoga, gym, park picnic, school, or sleepover!

The Motherload Tote features adjustable extended handles to carry a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket. Exterior accessory rings/clips are the perfect place to hang keys, membership cards, sanitizer, or sunglasses. A large exterior pocket offers easy access to your quick-grab essentials like wallet and phone. Inside, two spacious separate compartments will hold all your other goodies! There is a pleated, zippered pocket separating the two large compartments.

This project is great for a confident beginner. As always, preparation time will be key to ensure all fusing is complete prior to assembly.

Finished size: approximately 21” wide x 13” high x 5.5” deep


Sunday, June 9th, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Lunch break from 12:30-1:00pm. Bring your own lunch or enjoy one of the many restaurants and cafes near our new location! We’re happy to provide recommendations!

Please see our Class Guidelines and Policies before registering.


Supply List


  • Sewing Machine in good working condition; bring all your feet, accessories and manual
  • Zipper foot for your machine
  • Extra needles for your machine (we recommend Microtex sharp size 14)
  • Good quality polyester thread to match/coordinate with fabric (we carry Wonderfil Designer Polyester and a heavier HomeDec)
  • Bobbins for your machine; prepped and filled with your thread of choice
  • Fabric scissors, craft scissors, and thread snips or small scissors
  • “Not so good” scissors for cutting zipper tape
  • Sewing needle for hand sewing
  • Fabric glue or double-sided tape
  • Small ruler

Nice to have, but not necessary:

  • Walking foot for your machine or IDT system
  • Small cutting mat
  • Lighter to seal zipper and webbing ends

Fabric requirements:

  • 1.1m exterior fabric**
  • 1.4m lining fabric and handles*
  • Optional 4m strap webbing 1.5" for handles
    **Please note that directional pattern designs will require more fabric
    *The strap can be made from webbing or fabric
Stabilizer requirements:
  • 0.6m fusible fleece 45" wide (Pellon fusible thermolam, byAnnie soft & stable, or Pellon flexfoam*)
    *for 20” wide stabilizer, 1.2m is required
  • 3.2m medium weight interfacing 20" wide (Pellon SF101, or Pellon craft-fuse for a stiffer feel)
There are MANY variables with the supplies for this pattern. Talk with us about the best option to suit you!

Included with the class:
  • The Motherload Tote Bag pattern
  • Notions & hardware kit including:
    • 1.5m zipper tape
    • 3 zipper pulls (circle or rectangle drop)
    • 8 D-rings (1.5")
    • 1 swivel snap hook (1.5”)

**Colour and finish for zipper tape and hardware is up to you! Select from current Embellish stock when you pick up your pattern and other provided pieces.

Please label your supplies! 

All tools, fabric and notions are available at Embellish unless otherwise stated. Take advantage of our helpful and knowledgeable staff to assist in choosing fabrics; we love making recommendations! We are happy to offer a 10% discount on additional class supplies, and a one time 20% discount on rulers, rotary cutters, and cutting mats.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Confident beginner
Materials Included: Pattern, bag hardware and zippers
Requirements: Exterior fabric & lining fabric Fusible fleece & medium weight interfacing Optional 4m strap webbing 1.5" Sewing machines and basic supplies * See description for details
Instructor: Shannon Gardiner
Instructor Bio: Co-Owner, Shannon Gardiner, a Certified Window Design Specialist and BurdaStyle Certified Teacher, has a long history of design passion with experience as a custom closet design specialist, custom bag designer and maker, theatre practitioner and makeup professional. Shannon is also devoted to teaching and assisting customers with their personal sewing projects pertaining to fashion, accessories, and home d?cor.
Includes The Motherload Tote pattern & hardware/zip kit

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