Looking for your keys? There's no need to go scrabbling around in your tote bag. Just add a pocket to get all the small stuff under control.
Photography: Kate Mathis
Martha Stewart Living, April 2011
Download tote-closure template; trace onto fabric. Cut out with scissors; fold as shown. Sew along edges to create a pocket. Cut a vertical slit in top flap for buttonhole. Note: Ultrasuede fabric doesn't fray, so you don't need to finish the buttonhole.
Position pocket inside top edge of tote; stitch across back of pocket, joining it to tote. Fold pocket flap over top of bag to opposite side; mark spot where buttonhole meets fabric; sew button to bag.
Tote topper template
Ultrasuede soft fabric, 46 inches wide, $60 per yd., bandjfabrics.com