Sirena Summer Tote (with Tutorial)

When Jessica Swift asked me if I’d be interested in participating in her Sirena Summer Tote Challenge, I was like heck yes because I love her and I love Sirena and I love totes. Summer… not so much because it’s hot, but 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

And like her entire collection is spectacular, but I was finally able to narrow it down to these prints with the Bluebottle Field Textured Denim.


I spent hours and hours searching for the perfect tote pattern and couldn’t find it, so in the end I decided to make one based on what I wanted and to make a video tutorial.

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I tried to cram as much information as I could into the tutorial so even a beginning sewist could make one, so definitely check it out. Here is some additional information that wasn’t in the video.


  • Half Yard (HY) outer main fabric

  • HY lining fabric

  • Fat Quarter (FQ )outer pocket fabric

  • FQ inner pocket fabric

  • HY denim

  • Fusible Interfacing

  • Fusible Fleece


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And here are the final pictures of both the outside and the inside. This is definitely going to be my go-to bag for the summer and then some.



It’s not too late to join Jessica’s Sirena Tote Challenge. Make sure to head over to her blog to learn all about it.


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17 thoughts on “Sirena Summer Tote (with Tutorial)

  1. Hi, is there any way to get another tutorial online? I’ve used the tutorial once before but I am making another for my friend since she liked it so much. I forget exactly how to make it so some instructions would be great if you can. Thank you

  2. Hi I am using this pattern to make a tote. I am not using denim, I am just using quilters cotton. I was wondering do I need to use the fusible fleece on the handles. I made one and it seems too bulky any suggestions. Thankyou

  3. Mister Domestic I love your tutorials. I’m in the process of making this tote. I watched the video of sewing an inset zipper. Looks easy enough. But what size zipper do you recommend for this project and how far from the top is the cut line for the zipper? Thank you.

  4. I love this tote so much I made 3 in a row. 10 hours for the first one, then 6 then 4. My main fabric was decor weight, so I used a lighter stabilizer. On the third one I used the 3 fold method on the strap. I just couldn’t turn and flatten another denim tube. No shame in that. I’m going make many more. Thanks so much for this and your other tutorials. I appreciate the time and energy involved.

  5. Thank you for this video. I made a tote almost identical to yours for my grandaugther for Christmas. She is going to love it, only if her mother doesn’t end up stealing it from her, as my daughter LOVES mermaids too. But not to despair for my daughters, I used your design to make she and my other daughter their own totes, using Jessica Swift’s Tallinn fabric for one and Pat Bravo’s Artisan fabric for the other. They are both a bit larger, have a few more pockets (including the inside zipper pocket), a swivel hook with tassels, an inset zipper closure, and just some cute little labels. They all came out so lovely. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  6. I know what you mean about trying to find the right tote pattern! Too big for short people ~ not that I’m saying I’m short, 😀 too small, too flimsy, too plain, and the ever-present too ugly. argh! Definitely going to check out your video cuz yours looks like what I’m looking for. It also looks sturdy enough to adapt it as a grocery bag, which has been on my hunting list for some time now.

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