I want to share how I created my own tote bag that I now use for everything including the markets, my work bag and my day to day bag! This tutorial is super easy and quick, perfect for an afternoon or weekend project.
What you’ll need:
- Sewing machine
What to do:
Draw up the pattern as pictured below. You can also change the measurements to suit your own style of tote.
Please note these drawings are not to scale.
Lay out the pattern on your fabric. Ensure you fold your fabric in half and place the ‘fold’ section of the pattern on the fold of fabric, cut out pattern.
Lay out your straps on your fabric and cut x 2. Zig zag stitch around the edges of all pieces.
Pin right sides together the edges of the bag and sew with a 1.5cm seam allowance.
Open up the bottom corners, pin together and sew with a 1.5cm seam allowance
Hem the top of the bag to create a neat finish
Fold straps in half, pin together and sew with a 1cm seam allowance. I then trimmed the seam allowance. Use a safety pin to help turn the strap inside out.
Pin the straps onto the top hem where you would like them to sit. Sew them on the bag, I sewed along the hem stitch so it wasn’t noticeable.
Trim away any excess thread and there you have it, the perfect tote that you won’t be able to live without!
I went to a gorgeous sun flower farm near Kingscliff (Australia) and brought along my tote bag for when I brought locally grown vegetables and fruit for the week!
I hope you have enjoyed the this tutorial and make your own! Don’t forget to tag #CamelliaDesigns so I can see your beautiful creations.