As a self-confessed shopaholic I’m always in need of a great tote bag that I can throw in the bottom of the pram and pull out quickly and easily whenever I require it. I hate the look of plastic carrier bags and some totes you can buy are rubbish quality and end up breaking whenever the tiniest amount of weight is added – which results in your shopping being spilled all over the floor. That’s why I decided to make my own using a durable canvas fabric in this gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics print.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED |
- Fabric, 1m
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
STEP ONE | Cut a piece of fabric measuring 46cm x 100cm and two pieces measuring 10cm x 46cm. Fold a small hem of 1cm on both the long edges of small pieces. Press in place.
STEP TWO | Fold the turned edges in half to line up with each other, and press. Stitch along the turned edges, sewing close to the edge and ensuring all layers are caught in.
STEP THREE | Take the large piece of fabric and along one short edge turn a small hem of 2cm. Press in place.
STEP FOUR | Fold down a further hem measuring 5cm and press.
STEP FIVE | Slip the handle under the fold, 12cm away from the side seam. Pin the handle in place. Stitch in place, sewing close to the edge.
STEP SIX | Flip the hem and handles over to the other side, and topstitch in place. Repeat for the other handle side of the bag.
STEP SEVEN | Fold the bag in half, with wrong sides together. Sew the side seam with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Trim close to the stitching, and zig zag or overlock to seal the edge. Turn the bag wrong sides out and sew the side seams once more, using a 1cm seam allowance, to enclose all raw edges. Turn the bag through and press to finish.
Now you have the perfect excuse to hit the shops!