Deborah Moebes’s Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time* includes instructions for a fairly simple tote bag. After making this project, I decided that I would make a tote rather than use gift wrap whenever possible.
I used the following supplies (2 different bags):
- 2 Half Yards of fabric from Wee Wander – Twilight Half Yard Bundle ($10.77)
- Scrap of cloth for handles
Total Materials Cost: $10.77
- 1/2 yard Magnolia Double Gauze Fabric ($4.79)
- 1/2 yard Cotton Blend Broadcloth Green ($1.27)
Total Materials Cost: $6.06
Total time per bag: about 2 hours
The book instructions were straight forward. Be careful with your cuts though, as a half yard will give you exactly the right amount of fabric for bag and handles. If you don’t cut carefully (as I didn’t for my first bag) you may not have enough fabric left for the handles.
When aligning your seams to make the bottom of the bag, make sure that you peek inside the bag to make sure the seams are aligned there too before actually sewing.
I also made my handles a little wider than the book recommended, but I think this is a matter of personal preference.
This project is incredibly forgiving of errors. I know that the bottom of the bag is uneven but its not obvious from just looking it. The bag has held up well to use. I frequently carry a laptop in mine without issues. Its also reversible, so you can switch your look at any time!
Remember what I said about gifts? I made one for Alek’s mom for Mother’s Day along with a set of napkins to match the bag.
I may now be addicted to making tote bags. That’s probably ok though!