Hi folks, huge apologies, but there are a bunch of errors for this pattern in the version with the 2016 copyright. I am glad you are here so you can get the correct instructions. I am so sorry you got the pattern with errors–I cringe at your likely frustration from this.
You can download these corrections as an insert for your pattern by clicking here: Essential Tote.Corrections.Download
1. Page 9
Cut two pieces 3-3/4″ H x 16″ W for interior inset zipper panel pieces
For a 1″ wide zipper, cut one piece 2″ H x 4-1/2″ W for the zipper tab OR
For a 1-1/2″ wide zipper, cut one piece 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ W for the zipper tab
Cut two pieces 3-1/4″ H x 15″ W to stabilize interior inset zipper panel pieces.
2. If you have the Northcott Stitch in Time cover on your pattern, as shown below, please be aware that the sewing machine fabric runs with the selvage and you will need 5/8 yard for the upper exterior. The 9″ height for the upper exterior actually stops halfway through the little quilt blocks (the scale changed). Note also on Page 6 , you are missing text that goes with the picture on the bottom right side of page 6.
Fold lower edge of interior panels up over pocket and press along the line you drew. Stitch 3/8” from fold.