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How to Sew an Easy Tote Bag!

How to Sew an Easy Tote Bag!

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Hi Everyone!

It’s Wednesday, so that means a new video!  Today’s video is a tutorial on how to sew an easy tote bag!  I wanted to make this project easy as well as stylish so I made so the straps continue all the way to the bottom of the bag.  I picked this dark denim and white cotton webbing for a high contrast look, but this would look fab with a fun canvas print!  If you make a project, please tag me on social! I LOVE to see what YOU make!

For those of you who like Pinterest, here is a good image to pin so you can remember this tutorial for later!





-20 x 32 piece of sturdy fabric
-3 yards of 1 inch wide cotton webbing
-coordinating thread for bag fabric and strap fabric

Hem top of bag on both sides, iron down 1/2 inch and then again 3/4 of an inch.
Pin in place
Sew down with coordinating thread

Place bag right side out
Place a pin at the center of the webbing and place that at the bottom of the bag.
Arrange straps and pin as shown in the video.

Sew the straps in place removing pins as you go

Place the bag right sides together and line up handles.

Pin sides of the bag and sew at 5/8 seam allowance.

Finish seams however you like, zig zag stitch, pinking shears or serger.

Optional: Box out bottom of the bag slightly

Make a chalk mark on the bottom of the bag. Line up chalk mark and side seam.
Measure down 1 inch and make a small mark.
Measure side to side 2 inches and make a 2 inch mark perpendicular to the original chalk mark made along the bottom of the bag.

Sew along the 2 inch chalk line back stitching on both ends. Finish this small seam as desired.

Fray check raw ends of webbing.



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Here is the video tutorial!  Have fun!


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Hi Melanie Love your tutorials - find them very inspiring and look forward to many more Cheers


Sunday 26th of July 2015

Hi Melanie,

I just started seeing a few days ago & I finished my first project, which was your envelope pillow. The tutorial was great & easy to follow. I love this tote bag tutorial, it looks really easy. I was wondering if you can make a tutorial for a pocket & inside zipper divider compartment for this bag? Love your tutorials!


Saturday 18th of July 2015

Hey Melanie,

I love this tutorial, can you please let me know where did you get the sturdy fabric? Thanks, Julia


Sunday 5th of April 2015

Thank you for the tutorial. It is easy to follow and simple for me. I am new at sewing world. I would like to try this tutorial. Just subscribe your video at youtube.



Thursday 5th of March 2015

Hi! I love your videos! I am very new to crochet. I'm making the easy baby blanket. It looks good so far. I think anyway lol. I am done with the first ball of yarn. I used the same kind you did but I am using a N hook instead bc that's what I had. The width is a little shorter than I pictured. Is there anything I can do about that now other than taking it apart and starting over? Thanks! Megan

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