How to sew a large project tote bag

How to sew a Large Project Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am going to show you how to sew a tote which I designed to carry my projects from home to the studio. This is a generously sized bag which measures approximately 12″ across the base, 5″ deep and 14″ tall.

For this project you will need to precut the following pieces:

7 squares of quilt weight cotton which measure 3″ x 3″

1 piece of fusible flannel which measures 3″ x 18″

4 squares of twill or canvas material which measure 18″ x 18″

*2 strips of leather which measure 1″ x 18″

(*I do have limited quantities of the leather straps for sale here)

I hope you enjoy this project and will share photos of your finished bag on the Sewspire Instagram page using #sewspire and @sewspire or our community Facebook page.

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Until then…the creative genius in me, salutes the creative genius in you!




2 responses to “How to sew a Large Project Tote Bag”

  1. Love this bag !! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂 I will be making this.
    I do have a question though… why 3/8″ seam allowance vs 1/4″ or 1/2″ ? Just curious.

    1. SewSpire Avatar

      Excellent question Deborah! Thank you for asking. I used 3/8″ of an inch because on my sewing machine that seam allowance is lined up exactly with the right edge of my sewing foot and it is easy for me to stay focused on the edge of the foot. I would encourage you to use any seam allowance you are comfortable with — just be sure to be consistent — so the interior and exterior will line up nicely for you. Happy sewing! Andrea