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i really love tote bags, but most of the ones that are around have some ugly advertizing prints on them or are of poor qualtity. so make them yourself!

making them yourself is really easy, even for the unexperienced seamstress and seamster.

and while you're at it, why not add some fancy decoration on the way like this faboulus rainbow design.

it's great for every day grocery shopping - much better than a disposable plastic bag, the next party, the library... or go and make two and give one away - this bag makes an awsome gift.
 
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Step 1: What you need

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- 0,7 m of dark fabric (black, blue, ...) at least 90 cm wide. the fabric has to be non-stretch! cotton is the best choice.
- satin ribbon in rainbow colors, 1 cm wide (green, blue, red, orange, violet(i used pink since i had no violet), yellow, light blue) - you will only need about 20 cm of each color
- rest of white fabric that doesn't fray (leather, faux leather, plastic fabric,....)
- white thread and dark thread matching your dark fabric

- sewing machine
- scissors, tape measure, ruler
- pen and paper

Step 2: The pieces of the bag

for the bag, cut out one piece of fabric 84 cm wide and 42 cm high. add 1 cm of seam allowance on the two 42 cm long sides and on one of the 84 cm long. on the second 84 cm long side, no seam allowance is needed. but you have to mark a line 5 cm away from the edge. (see picture) this will later be the seam on top of the bag.
mark the middle of the 84 cm long sides on both sides.

for the shoulder straps cut out 2 pieces of fabric 80 cm long and 10 cm wide (no seam allowance needed).

this will give you quite long shoulder straps - i like it that way. if you want shorter straps i recommend measuring the straps of your favourite tote and add 5 cm to this measurement. this willl be the length of the straps you need to cut out.
babybayrs1 year ago
So cool! I love it.
Oooooh! This is sooo cute! I love rainbows! I just love how you used the ribbons in the design :)