General Tote Instructions

Create your own magnificent tote bag with these general instructions.
What You Need

The small tote measures 9-1/2 x 12 x 5 inches. The large tote measures 12 x 12 x 5 inches. The shoulder-bag-style handles are 24" long. The handbag-style handles are 15 inches long.

  • 1/2 yard of Fabric A for exterior
  • 1/2 yard of Fabric B for lining
  • 1/4 yard of Fabric C for handles
  • 1-1/3 yards of Timtex interlining fabric

Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat).

 

General Instructions

Quantities specified are for 52/54-inch-wide decorator fabrics.

All measurements include 1/2-inch seam allowances, unless otherwise noted. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut the Fabrics

Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

  1. Cut two Pattern A pieces from both Fabric A (exterior) and Fabric B (lining) for the front and back tote panels. Cut one of Pattern B from both Fabric A (exterior) and Fabric B (lining) for the bottom panel. Transfer any notch marks found on the patterns to the cutout pieces.
  2. For a shoulder-bag-style tote, cut two 3 x 26-inch strips from Fabric C (handles). If making a handbag-style tote, cut two 3 x 17-inch strips from Fabric C.
  3. For the large tote, cut two 17-1/2 x 12-1/2-inch side pieces and one 11-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch bottom piece from interlining fabric. For the small tote, cut two 15 x 12-1/2-inch side pieces and one 9 x 4-1/2-inch bottom piece from interlining fabric.

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