You will need:
- Sewing machine. The walking foot machine at any Techshop location is a great bet, but any machine will do.
- Canvas or some similar woven fabric. Canvas is cheap and pretty tough so that was my choice. My bottom is
made of waxed canvas to make it a bit water proof and extra rugged, but we will cross that bridge when we get
- Webbing, enough to go up both sides, and make the handles at the very least. You can figure this by
multiplying the height of your bag by 4 and adding 2-4 ft depending on how big you want the handles and if you
want to wrap the webbing all the way under the bag (extra reinforcement).
This is a pretty basic project so I would say give yourself an hour and half to two hours tops.
Here we go!!
Step 1: Decide on the size of your tote.
We start with the size so we know how much fabric we need. For this bag I actually grabbed a piece of scrap canvas I had and let my fabric dictate the size of my bag, but either way we need to sort out dimensions before we start making any thing.