Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

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Happy Christmas in July

I've been wanting to do a bag for sometime and here we go. Years ago I worked at the public library in Sioux City, Iowa. They had wonderful canvas bags for the home delivery patrons and I based my pattern on what I remember about them.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

The Quilt Ladies Bag

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 18 squares  assortment of colors – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Lay fabric and sew into 2, 9-patch squares

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 2 lining fabrics for pockets – 6 ½” x 6 ½”


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Put patchwork and lining good side to good side and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance across the top of the patch work.
Fold lining back press, and

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Top stitch along the edge just sewn.

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 1 piece of fabric -  35” x 14”
Cut 1 piece of fabric – 35” x 3”
Sew together to form the bag.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 1 Batting 35” x 17”
Layer, batting and bag. Lay flat and press if needed. This is the time to quilt your bag, by hand or by machine.
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

I machine straight stitched mine.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Trim bag to = 34” x 16”


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 2 strips for the handles – 3” x 54”
Cut 2 strips of batting for handles – 1” x 54”
Press one edge of the handle in ¼” and the other edge press down 1” .


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Insert batting and fold fabric over, add top stitching.
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Lay the bag out and place pockets, measure as shown above,
Measure pockets in place, fold the pocket down and pin, sew with ¼” seam allowance.

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Fold back up and press.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Add handles, making sure they do not cross, pin and top stitch. Stop stitch about 2 inches from the top. Do both pockets.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial




Free Tote Bag Tutorial

Extend handles out of the bag and fold the bag in half. Sew along the bottom and side seam.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut lining, 34” x 16” and fold lining in half and sew along the bottom and side, leaving 2-3 inches open to turn bag right side out.


Free Tote Bag Tutorial

Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Turn bag with the batting on the outside, insert lining good side to good side. Sew to the top edge using ¼” seam allowance.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Pull bag right side out,
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Press top edge and top stitch.  Hand sew the lining opening closed.



How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Add top stitching across the handles to hold them secure.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

The Quilt Ladies Finished Tote bag.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Christmas in July 


Beth Strub of The Quilt Ladies

Beth is the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Pattern Series 
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2 comments:

  1. ohh lovely sturdy looking tote..think I'llm ake a couple for carrying the groceries in,thank you for sharing.,....cheers Vickie

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