Easy Tote Bag

Introduction: Easy Tote Bag

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This is a fun DIY sewing project for all levels! This tutorial walks you through the steps on how to take make a tote bag. The reusable tote bag is great for school, groceries, beach, and more! The video also includes a printable pattern (tote sewing pattern) so you can follow along easily. The tote sewing pattern comes is 4 sizes (Small: 11.75"h X 9.5"w X 5"d, Medium: 13.25"h X 13"w X 6"d, Large: 15"h X 16.5"w X 7.5"d, and X-Large: 16"h X 19"w X 8.5"d) Make your own custom tote bags today!

Supplies

-LINK to Pattern: https://www.properfitclothing.com/product-page/re...

-LINK to Fabric (Canvas): https://amzn.to/2NltJCG

-LINK to Fabric (Twill): https://amzn.to/2Nm8LDC

-LINK to Fabric (Denim): https://amzn.to/2YpP5oY

-LINK to Webbing: https://amzn.to/2V5FSjy

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

Fabric: I recommend canvas, denim, or twill.

Small: .5 yards

Medium: .75 yards

Large: 1 yard

X-Large: 1.5 yards

Contrast Fabric: I recommend vinyl or leather.

Small: .5 yards

Medium: .5 yards

Large: .75 yards

X-Large: .75 yards

Webbing: 1 inch width.

2-4 yards for all sizes. This is determined by the length of strap you want.

Step 2: Cutting Pattern

Main Panel: Cut 1 on fold of fabric. Mark pocket line and strap lines on both sides of the main panel.

Bottom Panel: Cut 1 on fold of fabric.

Pocket Panel: Cut 2.

Step 3: Hem Main Panel

-Hem the top sides of the main panel.

-Roll the top over .5 inch and another .5 inch to make a clean edge.

-Pin into position.

-Sew .25 inches away from the outside edge. Add another stitch .25 inches away from the first seam. Creating 2 stitches along the top edge.

-Repeat for other side.

*NOTE: You can also do a decretive stitch along the edge if you prefer.

Step 4: Hem Pocket Panels

-Hem the top sides of both pocket panels.

-Roll the top over .5 inch and another .5 inch to make a clean edge.

-Pin into position. -Sew .25 inches away from the outside edge. Add another stitch .25 inches away from the first seam. Creating 2 stitches along the top edge.

-Repeat for other pocket panel.

*NOTE: You can also do a decretive stitch along the edge if you prefer.

Step 5: Attaching Pocket Panel

-Line up the pocket panel with the pocket panel line on the main panel.

-Pin pocket into position.

-Only sew the sides of the pocket as close as you can to the outside edge

-Repeat process for other pocket.

Step 6: Adding Straps

-Cut straps to desired length.

Small: Short: 36" Long: 52"

Medium: Short: 38" Long: 54"

Large: Short: 42" Long: 68"

X-Large: Short: 44" Long: 70"

-Line up strap ends with the bottom strap marks on bag.

-The straps will cover the side edges of the pocket making for a clean finish.

-Pin straps into position.

-Sew along the outside edges of the straps in a box formation. Add a few extra tack stitches at the top of the strap to add strength.

-Repeat process for other side.

Step 7: Adding Bottom Panel

-Line up the bottom panel in the center of the main panel.

-Roll the side edges in .5 inch.

-Make sure the bottom panel covers the bottom edge of the pocket and strap.

-Pin into position.

-Sew .25 inches away from the outside edge. Add another stitch .25 inches away from the first seam. Creating 2 stitches along the top edge.

-Repeat process for other side.

Step 8: Sewing Bag Together

-Place the right sides of the bag together. Lining up the top and side edges.

-Pin into position.

-Sew at 1 inch seam allowance.

-Serge, zig-zag stitch, or double fold bias tape raw edge to prevent fraying.

Step 9: Bottom Sides

-Fold bottom sides into triangles.

-Measure vertical and horizontal based on the size bag you are making.

Small: Vertical: 2.5" Horizontal: 5"

Medium: Vertical: 3" Horizontal: 6"

Large: Vertical: 3.75" Horizontal: 7.5"

X-Large: Vertical: 4.45" Horizontal: 8.5"

-Pin into position.

-Sew along line made.

-Repeat process for other side.

Step 10: Finishing Inside of Bag

-Roll the bag sides down.

-Sew around the triangle flaps on the inside of the bag.

Step 11: Complete!

Your bag is complete! There is also a link to the video tutorial if you have and trouble with the steps :)

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    anjin12
    anjin12

    1 year ago

    Simple, clear instructions. Like the option for different sizes. Just wondering why the pattern costs US$2.99.