How to Make an Easy Tote Bag

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How to Make an Easy Tote Bag

Totes are stylish, yet easy to carry and easy to make at home. Simply use any old shirt or scrap pieces from a thrift store, an old curtain or even your old torn-up jeans.

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Things you need

  • 14-by-12-inch upholstery fabric in bright colours
  • 15-by-3-inch long string for the handle strap
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    The tote is usually square or rectangular in shape; however, you can select the shape of your own choice. Keep in mind the specific use for it when you select your shape. Measure out 2 inches extra for seam allowance on sides, and 4 inches on the top, from the desired size. Cut out two equal pieces of fabric for the front and back.

  2. 2

    Stitch around three sides, forming a U shape as you sew the two pieces together, leaving 4 inches from the top. Make sure you do double stitching to make the bag more sturdy.

  3. 3

    Fold 2 1/2 inches downward from top and sew on the bottom fold to create an opening for the straps.

  4. 4

    Insert the strings separately in each side's opening, tie firmly then slide the knot in the fold.

  5. 5

    Turn the bag right side out. You can further embellish the tote by sewing an oversized bow on one side or outlining the print with silver or gold glitter.

Tips and warnings

  • Use any heavy fabric for a good, functional bag.
  • You can use cut-offs from your old jeans to make an interesting tote bag.
  • Use a good-quality thread to avoid weak stitching.
  • Wash and iron the fabric before cutting to avoid a misshapen tote bag.

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