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Now presenting one of our new bag patterns: The Stitched Top Tote! This lovely bag was designed by Jerilynn Lijeweski, the same woman who designed our new Store & Go Zipper Case, as well as many of our other patterns. Jeri likes to take advantage of the embroidery stitches that live on everyone's machines. These cute stitches are often overlooked and under-utilized. In this pattern Jeri uses 5 different stitches to create the top band of the bag. To give the handles the strength the need to tote all your items, they are created with a fat piping that is sewn into the band. Not only do you get a comfortable, strong handle, but it creates an interesting reverse pleated detail in the bag body. One of the downsides with large bags is that you always lose your wallet! (or is it just me?) This bag takes care of that problem, as the pattern includes a strap that attaches to a small wallet (also included in the pattern). You'll never have go digging again! As you can see, the bag has a roomy interior and one zipped pocket. Notice the detail of the pleated bottom, which gives the body it's pear shape. By the way, the dress in all of these photos is our Over The Top Tunic. It is created in Crossroads Denim Downtown Teal, and the two bags shown are in Crossroads Fire Red and Charcoal Black. Want to win a copy of The Stitched Top Tote pattern? Simply leave a comment below on your favorite purse style and you will be entered to win! The contest will run through 12:00 pm on Friday, June 27th for US contestants only. Good Luck!