Monday, July 21, 2014

Tote Bag Tutorial

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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

This post is large with LOTS of pictures and it's all here on ONE day !

nine patch quilt block

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

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

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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.

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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.


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I machine straight stitched mine.


Trim bag to = 34” x 16”

how to make straps for a tote bag

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.
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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.




Fold back up and press.


adding straps to a tote bag

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


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



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




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.



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



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



Pull bag right side out,

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.





The Quilt Ladies Finished Tote bag.


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