This bag is really easy to make, even if you don't have a lot of sewing experience. But the rusty pattern makes it a unique piece! To see the rust dyeing process, go to my previous Instructable: www.instructables.com/id/Rust-Dyeing.
Step 1: What You Need
To sew this tote bag, you need:
- A dyed piece of fabric around 35" x 15"
- Two dyed strings of fabric around 35" x 3"
- Sewing machine
Step 2: Fold & Pin
Cut out the pieces of fabric using the scissors, ruler and pencil.
Fold the large piece of fabric in half. The folded side is going to be the bottom of the bag. Make sure the final inner side of the bag is facing you. Fold the upper sides and secure it with pins. These sides are going to be the upper sides of the bag.
Step 3: Fold & Pin Strings
For the straps of the bag, fold the long left and right sides of the strings inwards and use pins to secure it. Now you have the large piece of fabric and the strings folded and secured with pins, let's sew!
Step 4: Sewing
Sew the pinned upper sides of the bag and the long sides of the strings. Don't forget to double stitch at the beginning and the end!
After this you can sew both long sides of the bag together.
Step 5: Attach Straps
To create straps sew the strings on the top edges of the bag. I stitched a rectangular shape to make sure to strings stay in place.
Step 6: Create More Volume
To create more volume and space in the bag, pinch the corners of the bottom of the bag. Measure around 3" across the corner and sew them as shown in the picures.
Step 7: Complete Sewing Work
If you have done all the sewing work, the final inner side of the bag should look like this. Now turn the bag inside out to see the result!