Tote bags are definitely very popular among people of all ages. I’m almost sure that each of you has at least one canvas tote bag at home. Am I wrong? Are you sure? Mmm… search carefully into your drawers.
Anyway, whether or not you have already one, I thought I’d show you how to make a new one following 5 simple steps. Now, I understand it could seem a girl-oriented activity, but it’s not. Men, don’t think like that. We are living in the XXI century: no limits to creativity, please!
Accessory: 42cm x 37cm bag
Estimated time: less than 1h if you are a tailoring wizard, 2h if this bag is among your first creations
- fabric size 91cm x 39 cm. Choose the type of fabric you prefer: it could be canvas but also denim, velvet… If you feel you cannot really contain your creativity use a one-color fabric so that you can paint or draw it once the bag is finished;
- two 51cm x 8cm pieces of the same fabric or a different one for the straps. Of course the length of the straps can vary to meet your needs. The measurements given are for 44cm x 3cm finished straps;
- thread to match your fabric. Contrasting stitching is also very nice. Think about it even if I would say it is a big challenge… you have to be very precise while sewing;
- sewing machine;
|1. Fold the length of the front in half; sew the sides, right and left, using a 1cm seam allowance; apply a seam finish to the seams.||2. Along the top edge turn under 1cm then 2,5cm to the inside of the bag; pin in place; stitch the edge in place as close to the edge as possible.|
|3. Take the fabric already sized for one strap, fold it in half; fold over another 1cm each side; sew a straight line along both edges of the strap.||4. Find a good position which is comfortable for you and place the straps (ex. 10 cm from both sides); fold over 1 cm at the bottom of each strap; pin in place. Reinforce each strap by stitching a square around its edge where it overlaps the fabric.|
|5. Turn the bag right side out and that’s it!|
Further decorations, applications, drawings are up to you!
Now, I don’t know if it is better to follow descriptions or drawings but I can promise you that it is much more easier than it seems to create your own tote bag!
Final suggestions before I go: measurements can change to suit your needs and desires. Before cutting the fabric I suggest you draw the bag in pencil on a piece of paper, so that you are free to rub it out, draw it again, make it bigger or smaller, until you find the size you like.