Today I’m sharing my simple tote bag formula. The dimensions are easily adaptable for length, width, and height. Photo descriptions will be located below each photo.
A few housekeeping items:
I usually use interfacing, but I’m short on a sturdy fusible at the moment. This step would follow cutting out your fabric.
All my seams are half inch. This is another step that is customizable.
I did not include pockets, but I would attach them after cutting but before assembling lining or main body pieces.
Let’s get this show on the road!
I started with four pieces of fabric – two of the main and two of the lining. The pieces are 19″ long by 13″ high but you can use whatever size you like. Keep in mind that you will lose 5″ in length and 3″ in height because of the boxed bottom.
Sew the two main body pieces right sides together, same for the lining. Sew sides and bottom only – do not sew where you cut out those squares! Also, leave a gap along the bottom of the lining so that you can turn your bag right side out through it later. Mine was about 6″ wide.
Making the strap! Cut a piece of fabric the length you want (mine is 36″) and take the width you want and multiply by four (I wanted a 2″ strap, so I cut my fabric 8″ wide). Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press. Fold long edges in to middle and press. Essentially, you’re making super huge double-fold bias tape. Pin open length and stitch (I top stitched and edge stitched because I’m an overachiever I guess). Stitch along folded length as well. No need to stitch the short ends.
I hope this tutorial has helped with some basics. I had to figure it out myself do I hope I’ve saved you the trouble!