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The Bag of the Month Club June 2017 - The Factotum

YAY! Today I am happy to announce my latest design  for the Bag of the Month Club for June 2017, the Factotum. The pattern has now been added to all membership accounts! If you haven't joined yet, there is still time to join and get all of this seasons patterns, click here to sign up!

The Factotum

The Factotum is the perfect office tote bag! At the front of the bag, under the flap, are pen pockets, slip pockets, a divided middle section and a zipper pocket.

At the back of the bag is a hidden zipper opening to a large document pocket. The document pocket fits A4 & Foolscap folders easily. There is a slip pocket at each side of the bag.

The main compartment is closed by a recessed zipper.

Inside you will find a Laptop pocket, two side pockets, 2 large slip pockets with centre pen pocket and a large zipper pocket.

There is also plenty of room inside for .............read on to find out! :)

Finished size: Approx. 41cm W X 30.5cm H X 18cm D (16” W X 12” H X 7” D)

Underneath the Front Flap:

Underneath the Front Flap

Inside the Front Pocket:

Front Pocket

 Top View and open hidden zipper pocket:

Hidden Zipper Pocket

Inside view:

Factotum Interior

Back view of hidden zipper pocket:

Factotum Back View

Ratings ADVANCEDThe Factotum is rated Advanced. Not because it is difficult to sew but because it is a long sew with many pieces to manage. It helps to use the cutting labels provided, pinned to your work so you don't lose track of what everything is! Allow plenty of time for cutting and a bottle of wine handy isn't a bad idea either! ;)

Let's take a look at the tester photos....I love them all!

Marilyn - Shades of Bold

Marilyn's Factotum

Marilyn's Factotum

Maria of  Mia Creates.

Maria 1

Maria's Factotum Collage

 Judith of Judith Stitches

Judith's Factotum

Tara - UhOh Creations

Tara's Factotum

Take a look at this! Tara modified the height of hes jut a little so it would hold her sewing machine! What a COOL idea!! 

Tara's Factotum as a machine bag!

Katie's Factotum: 

Katie's Factotum

Katie's Factotum

Cheryl - Cheryl's Quilts & Crafts

Cheryl's Factotum

Cheryl's Factotum Collage

 BUT WAIT! There is MORE!! This season we have a BONUS pattern for all members! The Minifacto.

The Minifacto by ChrisW Designs

The Minifacto is the perfect companion to the Factotum, slotting neatly inside and ready to go out to lunch when you are! It’s also a great stand-alone cross body bag with adjustable strap, for all your shopping expeditions.

It features a quick access exterior phone pocket (Something which is fast becoming my signature pocket! You will LOVE this feature!) neatly tucked into the wall of your bag.

A hidden zipper pocket features at the back and at the front is an accordion pocket closing with a flap. The main compartment closes with a recessed zipper. Inside you will find two slip pockets and a zipper pocket.

Finished size: Approx. 30.5cm W X 20.5cm H X 9cm D (12” W X 8” H X 3 ½” D)

Front view:

Front view of the Minifacto by ChrisW Desns

Your choice of raised or flat zipper gussets:

Top View of the Minifacto

My special quick access phone or keys slip pocket:

Quick Access Phone or Keys Slip Pocket


The Minifacto interior

The set:

The Duo of Factotum and Minifacto by ChrisW Designs

The Minifacto nestled inside the Factotum:

Minifacto inside theFactotum



Rated Intermediate. If you are NOT someone who enjoys the challenge of a long sew, this one is for YOU! It's a FUN make...not so easy that it is boring and devoid of features BUT it won't give you grey hair either! Wine is optional for this one! ;)

More tester photos: 

Marilyn 's Minifacto - Shades of Bold

Marilyn's Minifacto

Marilyn's set:

Marilyn's Factotum & Minifacto duo

Norma - Norma's Bag Boutique 


Judith of  Judith Stitches

Judith's Minifacto

Judith's Duo:

Judith's Factotum & Minifacto set
Daryl - Patchouli Moon Studio 

Daryl's Minifacto

Tara - UhOh Creations

Tara's Minifacto

Tara's Duo:

Tara's Factotum & Minifacto set

Tara's Minifacto nestled inside the Factotum:

Tara's Factotum with Minifacto nestled inside.

Rachel - Tiger in a Tornado

Rachel's Minifacto

Alison - Bobbin Girl

Alison's Minifacto

Susie - Twirl Girl Boutique

Susie - Twirl Girl Boutique

Laura - Sew Deluxe

Laura's Minifacto

Last but definitely not least is Krista's Minifacto:

Krista's Minifacto

A great BIG HUGE thank you goes out to ALL of the testers for their time and trouble in helping me hone in on the best possible pattern I can bring you. These ladies are absolutely AMAZING! Thank you ALL! I couldn't do it without you! :)

If you are not a member of the Bag of the Month Club there is still time to join and get ALL the patterns PLUS the bonus Minifacto pattern! Just these two patterns alone are a worth over $20 so the club is excellent value at $40 for 7 exclusive designer patterns by 6 innovative designers! Grab your membership NOW! After June, each of the designers patterns won't be available until 6 months after their respective release month so that means the Factotum and Minifacto won't be available for the public to purchase until December 2017!

Happy stitching!


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