How to sew a tote bag

I thought I’ll show the steps to make the tote bag in my last post … in miniature size.

1. This will be the outside fabric and the inner bag fabric. Place them with the pretty side facing each other.

*The length of the fabric will be the desired length of your tote bag plus 2 inches. I like  longer seams for the opening so that when I sew them in step 6, the bag’s opening will be padded.
*The width of the fabric will be the desired width of your tote bag plus 1 inch (1/2 inch on both sides for the seams).
*If you want inner pockets , now’s the time to add them.

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2. Sew the short sides together. This will be the bag’s opening.

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3. Pull out the middle so the seams are now on top of each other , but right in the center. It will be a good idea to iron down the seams for tidiness. 

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4. Sew along the sides, leaving a gap on the inside fabric. This is for turning out our bag inside out, so all the seams are hidden inside the bag. Trim off corners , also the corners on the seams to lessen the bulkiness.
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5. Flip the bag inside out through the gap. You can sew the gap close or add magnetic snaps first. 

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6. Push the inside portion of the bag into the outside portion. Iron, then sew around the bag’s opening. Then add the straps. I hammered in grommets to hold the leather straps in place for the tote bag in my last post.

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Couldn’t find the girls’ cloth dolls, so Chef will be the designated model of the day. Look, he’s making his mouth all “oh” , “oh”  because he have to carry such a sweet lady’s bag.

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