How to make a tote bag or easy book bag
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This easy to sew tote is perfect for putting books and treasures in. I’ll show you how to make a tote bag or easy book bag that your kiddo can decorate and make their own. Made from Oly*Fun cloth it’s perfect for sewing and crafting. Just sew up and then add cut out shapes and glue on. Or paint and draw to on the cloth to add your personal touch. This is also a great beginner sewing project. The line are simple and the cloth won’t slide under the needle. It’s really easy to cut out.
For this Project you will need:
1 Packet of Oly*Fun Craft Pack (But you can use several to mix and match colors – I used three)
Glue (you can use fabric glue or a glue gun)
Rotary Cutter, Ruler ,and Mat
Sewing Essentials (pins, scissors, etc.)
How to make a tote bag or easy book bag:
Step 1 – Cut out the main bag pieces
For the main part of the tote bag you will need 2 sheets of the OLY*FUN fabric.
Using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, cut off the side with the hanging punch out – about 1 inch.
Next decide how you want your bag shaped. To make it thin and tall, only cut out a 1 inch square from the bottom corners.
To make it a little wider and shorter, cut out a 2 inch square.
Or if you want to make it a a lot wider cut out a 3 inch square. You get to be the designer!
Cut out the desired size square from both bottom corners.
Step 2 – Cut out the handles and the decorations.
Cut two strips of cloth that are 3 inches wide and fold in half – pin.
Using die cut machine cut out shapes for decorating (optional).
You can also use the provided flower pattern to trace the pattern on the fabric and cut out.
Step 3 – Sew the main body of the bag
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew the sides and bottom of the bag
– leaving the squares open.
Step 4 – Sew the Squares
Take the square and pull it open
so the two seams meet in the middle and it forms a flat line.
Sew the seam using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step 5 – Sew the handles
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew each handle.
Turn right side out
Top stitch on either side of the handle (optional)
Step 6 – Bring it all together.
Turn the bag right side out.
Pin handles on either side of the bag – with the tops pointing to the bottom of the bag.
Sew the handles on using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Flip handles right side up and turn the top of the bag under 1/4 inch. Pin
Top stitch along the top of the bag to finish.
Step 7 – Decorate your bag!
Now here’s the best part! Use the cut out shapes and glue them to the bag to decorate. Tip: Place a piece of paper in the bag to keep markers and glue from bleeding through the fabric.
Download the Pattern Below:
Other Free Bag Patterns:
- All of the Free Bag and Purse Patterns available
- No Sew Hobo
- The Blogger Bag
- Leather Tote Bag
- Quick Sew Hobo
- Wine Bottle Gift Bag
- Diaper Bag Tutorial
- The Man Satchel
- Shave Kit Case
- The Tablet Cover
- Quilted Leather Clutch
- Little Purse Tutorial
- Child Sheep Purse Tutorial
- Drawstring Backpack Tutorial
- Sleeping Bag Pack