How to Make a Simple Tote Bag

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Sew a Simple Tote Bag

How to make a simple tote bag.

This tote bag is finished on the inside with French seams. SO NO FRAYING.

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Click the image below to watch the video in Youtube.




WHAT YOU NEED:

Bag Fabric: Piece of fabric 17” wide cut from salvage to salvage OR 2 pieces of fabric 17” x 22”
Handles: 2 pieces 4” x 24”

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: HOW TO MAKE HANDLES
1. Fold fabric in half & press making a center crease.
2. Open and fold raw edge of fabric to the center crease; repeat on the other side.
3. Fold fabric in half again and press.
4. Topstitch along each side of handle close to the fold.
5. Repeat with other strap.

STEP 2: ATTACHING HANDLES
1. Turn under top edge of bag fabric 1” and press.
2. Turn under again 1” and press.
3. Insert handle under the folded fabric 4” from the side and pin in place.
4. Without twisting the handle, insert other end of handle under the folded fabric 4” for the other side of the fabric. Pin in place.
5. Repeat on other end of bag fabric.
6. Stitch along folded edge.
7. Fold handles upward over the folded fabric and secure the handles to the bag by sewing around the handles with an X in the middle.
8. Repeat with other side.

STEP 3: SEW BAG TOGETHER WITH FRENCH SEAMS
1. Place fabric wrong sides together. Pin in place.
2. Sew both sides seams of bag with a ¼” seam starting at top.
3. Turn bag inside out (right-sides together) and push out corners.
4. Iron seam; pressing it flat.
5. Sew side seams using a 3/8” seam.
6. The side seams are complete.

STEP 4: MAKE BOXED BOTTOM
1. Line up the bottom seam crease with the side seam forming a triangle. Pin in place.
2. With ruler measure 2” from the tip of triangle and draw a line.
3. Stitch along this line.
4. Repeat on other side.

STEP 5: FINISHING
1. Turn the tote bag right side out.
2. It is complete and ready to use.

Make tote bags to carry everywhere! To town, to the grocery store, to the farmer's market or to the beach!

Give as gifts!

You can never have too many tote bags.

To see a tutorial on how to make a shopping bag or to purchase books on how to make totes, see the links below:

See info on Affiliate links below.

img Sew Brilliant Bags
Choose from 12 beautiful projects, then design your own by Debbie Shore - Paperback - Published 2016 Affiliate Link to Amazon
img Sew4Home Bags and Totes
10 Easy, Fashionable Projects Anyone Can Sew by Liz Johnson, Anne Adams - Paperback - Published 2016 Affiliate Link to Amazon
img Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes
Chic to Unique Bags & Purses That You Can Make by Choly Knight - Kindle Book - Published 2017
img Shopping Bag
How to make a simple shopping bag. Even a beginner sewer can make this project. Needlepointers.com

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