Sewing tutorial

I know I said I would do this awhile ago but I got busy making a birthday present for Danny. I’ll post about that soon. I’m going to attempt to tell you how I made this tote bag but I’ve never done a tutorial before so hopefully it makes sense. It might help to have some sewing experience. And you do need a sewing machine.

Here’s all the pieces and the measurements I used.

  • 2 pieces of fabric stabilizer 12 wide x 11 high
  • 2 pieces of outside fabric (Brown) 12 wide x 11 high
  • 2 pieces of lining fabric (blue) 12 wide x 11 high
  • 2 pieces of fabric stabilizer for pockets 5.5 wide x 7 high
  • 2 pieces of lining fabric for pockets 5.5 wide x 14 high
  • 4 piece of which ever fabric you want for straps 1.5 wide x 36 long

First I made the straps. Put two pieces good sides facing each other. Sew up the long sides and then flip them in inside out so the good sides are out. Then repeat on the other two pieces. Iron them flat.

Here’s the basic layout. I just wanted to see what it looked like before I did anything.

Next I made the lining. Again good side to good side and sew up the two sides and leave a small hole(about 2 inches) in the bottom and leave the top open. Sew along the red lines on the photo.

Next iron the bottom corners so they look like the photo below and sew about 1.5 inches up along the red line.

After you do this to both corners if should look like the photo below. You can trim the extra fabric off both corners leaving about a quarter inch.

If you turn it the right way it should have a bottom like a box now.

Then for the pockets I folded the fabric so both sides of the stabilizer are covered and you have a nice fold along the top. Sorry I forgot a picture. Then I sewed the straps to the sides so they look like below.

Then line the outside fabric up with the stabilizer and then center the pockets and straps on the top of both. Here I sewed the stapes to the pockets and brown fabric. Stopping about an inch from the top.

Then flip them together so the outsides are facing each other. use lots of pins to hold the pockets and straps in place so you don’t get a strap sewn in the sides on accident.

Sew up the sides and bottom. Leaving the top open for now. Then sew across the corners like you did already on the inside and cut of the extra fabric from both corners. So the box looks like a box just like the inside lining did.

Flip it inside out so it looks like below. Now fold the straps down and pin them on the pockets so they don’t get in the way.

Take the lining with the good side in and put the outside of the bag in it. Pin along the top. It should look like this. Everything is inside now. Sew around the top.

Then remember the 2 inch hole you left in the bottom of the lining. Carefully pull everything threw that hole. It will look like below. Now you can stitch up the bottom hole. I just did it quick on the sewing machine. No one will see the bottom anyway. Then push the lining in where it belongs and iron the top seam. Then I did another stitch around the top about quarter inch down to include the handles.

And here’s the final tote bag.

Hope this helps. The final size of my tote is about 8.5 high x 8 wide and 3 deep.


Lunch Tote Bag


I made this tonight. I can’t believe it came out as I had pictured it in my head and I only had to rip a few seams out.

I took lots of photos as I was making it so I’ll try and make a tutorial if you want to make one too.