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Simple Tote Bag Pattern: Full Color Photo Tutorial

Need a quick and simple tote for your next beach trip? 

Here is a full color photo tutorial of how to make a quick and simple tote bag for your goodies and supplies.  

Only in California! Am I Right?

Recently in California, it became illegalyes I said illegalfor grocery stores to give you a plastic or even paper bag. They can SELL you a “reusable” plastic bag, but the money goes to the state coffers. Personally, if I’m gonna haul bags back and forth to the grocery store, I want them to be washable. Think chicken blood stuck to the plastic bag hanging around your car every day! PPPEEEWWWWWWWW!!!  

This Simple Tote is my answer to this conundrum.

Materials:

Medium to heavy weight cotton fabric. 20″ wide by width of fabric. This vintage print is exactly 36″ wide, which is great; if you use 44″ wide fabric you can cut it down or just have a taller bag.  

Nylon webbing, also called belting. Coordinating colors work well, but far be it from me to crush your rebel creativity!  For this Simple Tote, I used 2-1/2 yards.  If you want a taller bag or longer handles, use 3 yards.

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Of course the usual, sewing machine, thread, needles, marking tool, scissors, pins yadda yadda. She who sews, knows!

Choose your fabric 20x30and webbing 2.5 yards

Choose your fabric 20×36 and webbing 2.5 yards

Finish the ends of the webbing to keep it from fraying. Fray Check or melting with a soldering iron work well

Finish the ends of the webbing to keep it from fraying. Fray Check or melting with a soldering iron work well.

 With chalk or a fabri pencil, mark lines down the center both horizontal and vertical

With chalk or a fabric pencil, mark lines down the center both horizontal and vertical. (Up, down, side to side.)

Chalk Marks

Chalk marks, nope not a double line, I would never do that!

 On the Short edge, fold down one inch and iron, then fold down one more inch and iron. This will be the top of your tote

On the short edge, fold down one inch and iron, then fold down one more inch and iron. Do that to both edges. This will be the top of your tote.

 Both short edges ironed

Both short edges ironed.

Stitch one quarter inch from the bottom egde of the fold

Stitch one-quarter inch from the bottom edge of the fold.

Stitch again one quarter of an inch from the top egde of the fold. Do this to both ends

Stitch again one-quarter of an inch from the top edge of the fold. Do this to both ends.

Mark the simple tote again half way between the center and the outside of the long side. Place your webbing inside of that mark and at the center edge of the short side

Mark the Simple Tote again halfway between the center and the outside of the long edge. Place your webbing inside of that mark and at the center edge of the short side.

 Like this

Like this.

Now go all the way around pinning every few inches

Now go all the way around pinning every few inches.

Stitch around the webbing to secure it to the tote

Stitch around the webbing to secure it to the tote.

When you get to the end, cross box the stitches like this

When you get to the end, cross box the stitches like this for added security.

Once the webbing is stitched in place, line up top edges and stitch from top to bottom on both sides.

 it should look like this

It should look like this:

Edge finish so the fabric doesn’t fray. I chose pinking sheers, but you could do a simple zig-zag on the edge.

Pink pink pink those edges!

 Turn it right side out and TADA you have a tote

Turn it right side out and TADA! You have a Simply Gorgeous Simple Tote

All packed and ready to go to the beach

All packed and ready to go to the beach! (Life needs to be fun too!)

That’s all folks!

God Bless, and keep those machines oiled!

Rochelle