How to Sew a Tote Bag – Learn to Sew Series
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Hi there! Today I’m excited to share how to sew a tote bag. And not just any tote bag, the perfect tote bag tutorial. I know, I know – I used the word perfect, but I did that because I truly believe this basic tote bag is perfect. We’ve got french seams, pockets, different options for straps, different options for sizes and how deep to box it out. You can customize this to make it your perfect basic tote bag.
Best Fabric for Tote Bags?
Ireally like using canvas for the outer fabric on tote bags. I provides extra sturdiness and durability without making it more difficult to sew. They also come in great fabrics like this floral and this Arizona print.
Don’t have cotton webbing for the straps? Which I love and use all the time by the way, but if you don’t have to have some to make these bags. You can use the leftover lining or outer fabric to make these straps. I love being able to show various ways to make a tote bag. I want to show you how to sew a tote bag and give you my best practices. They are a bit shorter, but oh so cute. And this zen blossoms fabric is amazing.
Learn to Sew Series!
I have included this tutorial in my Learn to Sew series which also has tutorials for placemats, potholders, aprons and zip pouches. I sent out an email to those on the Learn to Sew email list and they voted on their next tutorial which was a tote bag! Followed by a sofa or bed organizer – maybe that should be next!
If you would like all the the learn to sew patterns and videos in 1 spot, I created an ebook with everything in there for you! I also have a pattern with no photos to make it easy on your printer. Get your Ebook Here.
Large Tote Bag Measurements
This larger tote features longer straps and a larger body, for more contents or bulky items like beach towels. The construction is the same as the regular tote with bigger measurements. I also used drop cloth for the outer fabric and interfaced that with sf101 to test it out. You can do that or use the canvas like in the pattern.
Outer piece: 23 x 41
Lining: 23 x 37
Straps: Cut (4) 2.5 x 34
How to Sew a Tote Bag Pattern
Learn how to make this versatile and easy tote bag for beginners!