December 15, 2020

How To Make An Oversized Tote Bag

How to make a simple tote bag!

Materials needed:

1 yard of fabric. I used a rust corduroy I found at Hobby Lobby.

Sewing machine with matching thread.

Pinking shears for the edges if you don’t have a serger.

How To:

Cut fabric to a large rectangle measuring 21 inches x 36 inches.

Fold rectangle in half (hamburger style) and from the fold, measure 1.5 inches up and 1.5 inches over. Make a cut along the 1.5 inches line that is parallel to the fold.

Sew from the top of the tote down to the cut you just made. Don’t forget to backstitch!

Repeat on the other side.

Open the tote to flatten the slit near the fold and sew across.

At the top of the tote, fold the edge over 1/4 of an inch and then repeat this to sew along a clean edge all the way around the top of the tote.

Cut 2 straps that measure 3 inches x 22 inches. Fold this strap in thirds and then once more to create a sturdy strap. Sew along the edge and attach to your bag 4 inches from the sides. Secure it with an x sewing pattern.

Along the raw edges you can use pinking shears to make sure they don’t unravel or you can run them through a serger if you have one!

I like to insert my tote organizer to make things easy to find!