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How to Make a Tote Bag

tote bag

Materials Needed:

  • 5/8 yard each of fabric and lining
  • 5/8 yard of fusible fleece
  • 1 1/4 yard of 1 1/8” wide decorative rick-rack
  • 1 1/2 yard of 1” wide webbing (cut in half for handles)


Step 1: From fabric and lining cut two 21” squares from each

tote bag step 1

Step 2: Cut out a 3” square at the lower corners of each piece


Step 3: Bond fusible fleece to the back of each lining piece

Step 4: Stitch 1/2” seam allowances unless otherwise noted. Stitch fabric pieces together on the sides and bottom & repeat with the lining pieces leaving an opening in the bottom for turning 

tote bag step 2

Step 5: Matching the side and bottom seams of the fabric, stitch across corners. Repeat with lining

tote bag step 3

Step 6: Stitch fabric to lining at top edge catching the handles that are 7” apart on the front and the back

tote bag step 6

Step 7: Turn right side out through opening in lining. Slipstitch opening

tote bag step 7

Step 8: Stitch 1/4” topstitching at top edge and stitch rick rack where desired