Introduction: Easy-Peasy Reversible Tote Bag

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I like making my own tote bags because the color, design and specifically the size is totally up to me.

I created my own design in Adobe Illustrator and sent it off to to have the fabric printed for me. The sky is the limit if you design your own fabric! I could've had the same design on both sides, but I decided to change it up just a bit. (I do the same when I sew pillows) I only used a portion of the yard so I added some other designs to the fabric (Sunflowers by Dianna Facci)

This bag was adapted from

Step 1: What You Will Need

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• 2 pieces fabric 19” x 16” (outside)
• 2 pieces fabric 19” x 16”  (lining)
• 2 pieces 4” x  30” for straps
• 2 pieces  7.5” x 5” for pockets (optional)
• Thread
• Pins
• Sewing Machine

Step 2: Make the Straps

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1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 4'' x 30'' long. Press each piece of fabric in half lengthwise to
create a center crease to help you when you fold each side of the strap fabric into the center as in #2.

2. Open fabric up and press the outside edge of the fabric to the center.

3. Fold fabric in half and press.

4. Stitch down each side of the straps close to the edge, about 1/4”.

Step 3: Make the Pockets (optional)

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1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 7.5'' x 5'' for pockets. Fold edges over and press each pocket.

2. For a finished look, sew the top edge of each pocket across, close to the edge

3. Pin pocket to right side of lining

4. Sew 3 sides, leaving the top of the pocket open :) I added a seam down the middle to create 2 pockets.

Repeat for the other piece of lining.

Step 4: Make the Tote

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Cut your four pieces of fabric 19'' x 16''

1. Sew lining fabric right sides together on 3 sides leaving the 19'' side open.  (For this bag the bottom is 19'' wide and the sides are 16'' long, but you can make this bag any size you want.)

2. Sew outer fabric right sides together on 3 sides.

3. Pinch each bottom corner together and stitch across 1 1/2” from corner.

Step 5: Assembling the Tote Bag

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4. Once all 3 sides are sewn, place lining fabric inside the outside fabric RIGHT sides together.

5. Place straps in between RIGHT sides of fabric on each side about 2'' to 3'' from the side edge.

6. Pins straps and top edge of bag. Stitch around top of bag 1/2'' from edge. Leave a 2-3'' opening on the side of the bag for turning the bag inside out.

Step 6: The Finishing Touches

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7. Turn bag inside out.

8. To close up the opening that you used for turning the bag inside out, push lining inside the bag and top stitch all the way around the top of bag and press.

You're finished! Enjoy your new bag.


hroberts-vansickle made it! (author)2017-01-12

I put the straps on wrong and was too lazy to undo them but it still serves its purpose! I made it for my 12yo's birthday so he could carry his Pokémon stuff to tournaments instead of using his old school backpack. I'm getting ready to make myself a larger one too!

Wow! That's wonderful! Thanks for posting.

mochhug made it! (author)2016-03-17

Didn't use a machine, and make some tweaks (was for a school project with a symbolic message). But love the concept and will definitely make another one properly again!

Facci Designs (author)mochhug2016-03-22

what fun!!

Izzy Izzati Yeo made it! (author)2015-11-12

Love how it turned out! And so does my cousin, whom I made it for. Thank you so much for sharing! Great illustrations and simple instructions, just lovely! Thanks again!

Wonderful! Looks great!

And, you're welcome... Linda

Glomski made it! (author)2015-08-31

I love this tote! I'm so glad I stumbled upon it. Made my first one today for my daughter's birthday. I'll be making many more for the holidays. Thank you for sharing!

Facci Designs (author)Glomski2015-09-01

Oh, I'm so glad you liked it...and that you posted pictures!! yay for you. Nice job!

bajablue (author)2012-07-09

Lovely project!

Personalized, designer fabric just never occurred to me... but then again, I'm not much of a seamstress. ;-)

What a fabulous artistic approach!

Facci Designs (author)bajablue2012-07-09

Why, thank you!!

jessyratfink (author)2012-07-05

Love the fabric you designed. I've been wanting to try spoonflower forever.

Very cute bag too! :D

Oh you have to try them!! It's just the coolest thing to receive your own designed fabric. I surprised my sister with her watercolo sunflower pattern and she literally cried when she saw it. It was such a touching moment. :)


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