The Waterlily Waxed Canvas Tote

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The Waterlily is a large sized tote that can be made in waxed canvas, cork, vinyl, regular cotton fabric or a combination of these materials.

It has one exterior zippered pocket hidden under a small flap, and 2 large slip pockets on the back. It has 2 top carry handles and one removable adjustable strap. 

The interior of the bag has a zippered main closure, one interior zippered pocket and 3 interior slip pockets.

If you'd like to learn more about working with waxed canvas, you can read my tutorial here:


Exterior fabric:
1/2 yard waxed canvas or cotton fabric
1/4 yard cork or vinyl (you can use fabric if you prefer)
OPTIONAL: 40” of 1.5” Webbing for HANDLE

Lining fabric: 1 yard quilt weight cotton

Note: all fabric quantities will vary depending on fabric width and fabric print (for fussy cutting).

1/2 - 1 yard fusible fleece (46” wide)
4-6 yards fusible woven interfacing (20” wide)
11” W x 4.75” H Peltex or similar

*quantities of interfacing vary significantly depending on whether you are using waxed canvas or fabric for your bag’s exterior

Notions and supplies:

(2) 1.5” swivel clasps
(1) 1.5” rectangle slide
(2) 1” D-rings
(2) 14” zippers
(1) 8” zipper (#3 dress zipper)
(1) metal zipper end

Measurements:  11” W x 14.5” H x 5” D

SEWING EXPERIENCE: This project is suitable for an intermediate sewist. Preparation time will likely take the longest because construction is fairly straightforward, consisting mostly of straight lines. It will take approximately 5-6 hours for your first, less time for subsequent bags.

Photo Credit: Blue Calla