How to Sew A Retro Zippered Tote Bag by Sewspire

How to sew a retro zippered tote bag with removable purse organizer

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous retro zippered tote bag with removable organizer. For this project you will need to precut the following fabric pieces:

Tote Bag:

Top Panel, cut two 18″ x 9″ rectangles

Base Panel, cut two 18″ x 10″ rectangles

Interior, cut two 18″ x 18″ squares

Handles, cut two 30″ x 6″ strips

Zipper Casing, cut two 20″ x 6″ strips

Fusible Fleece, cut two 18″ x 18″ squares and two 3″ x 30″ strips

Plus, one 18″ heavy duty separating zipper to match

Removable Organizer:

Body, cut one 18″ x 30″ rectangle

Pocket Panel, cut one 16″ x 30″ rectangle

Heavyweight Pellon Sew In Interfacing / Stabilizer, cut one 16.5″ x 28″ rectangle

I hope you enjoyed this project and will share pictures of your finished retro totes with our creative community. You can post your photos directly to the Sewspire Facebook page using @sewspire or tag #sewspire on Instagram.

I will be back soon with another inspired project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!



P.S. For your reference, the finished tote should measure approximately 11″ across the base, 6″ deep and 13″ tall.


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