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Spring Tote
Homemade by Jill
Toothy Tote*
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243 of the best free Tote Bag Patterns & Tutorials on the web!
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Sewing Quick Tips:

Tip #1: When laying out slippery fabrics for cutting, try tightly covering your cutting surface
with muslin or another textured fabric to help keep your fabric from shifting out of place.

Tip #2: When doing any decorative stitching for a garment, do the decorative stitching on your
fabric first, then cut out your pattern pieces. This will ensure that the decorative stitching won’t
change the shape of your finished garment.
More Bag-Making Projects from These Popular Books!
Simply Tote
Confessions of a Sewing...
Brown Suede
w/Plaid Stripe Tote
Better Homes & Gardens
Photo Tote*
Pfaff
Shoulder Bag
Tiny Happy
Blue Jean Book Bag
The Artful Crafter
Fun and Frilly Bag
Sewing.org
Hobo Bag
J. Caroline Creative
Pink October Basic
Tote
Mama's Pocketbook
Two-hour Tote Bag
Craftstylish
Bagsket
Foofanagle
Sew tote bags with this collection of over 200 free tote bag patterns collected from all over the web.

And because tote bags usually consist of simple shapes and are quick to sew (especially if left unlined), they can be an
excellent first project for a beginner who’s just learning how to sew (see
Pillow Patterns and Apron Patterns for more great
beginner sewing projects).

And because tote bags are often made from heavy fabrics like cotton canvas (and attaching the handles can require
stitching through several layers of heavy material), remember to use a thicker sewing machine needle in your machine, such
as a
denim or jeans needle, which will be able to pierce through those thick, heavy layers easily and without breaking.

Consider adding a lining to your tote bag. Not only will it give your bag a nice finish on the inside, but the second layer of
fabric will also help strengthen the bag (not all the bags shown on these pages are lined, but some are). You may also want
to reinforce the seams of your bag (especially if you plan to carry heavy items in it) by stitching again over the previous
stitching, or by using a smaller stitch length.

And if you don’t see the exact tote bag project you’re looking for here, try going to the
Purse Patterns page. Some of the
larger handbags could easily be turned into tote bags. It may simply be a matter of shortening the handle of the bag. And
you might also try the main
Bag Patterns page for a listing of all of the types of bags you’ll find through this site.
Easy Tote Bag
Skip to My Lou
New! - 8/28/13
Naughty Secretary
Bag
Sew Sweetness
New! - 8/29/13
Stylish Tote Bag
Craftsy
New! - 8/30/13
Ruffle Tote Bag
Crazy Little Projects
New! - 8/31/13
Pleated Tote
The Long Thread
New! - 9/1/13
Boat Tote
The Long Thread
New! - 9/2/13
Summer Beach Tote
Blue Susan
New! - 9/4/13
Reversible Lined
Tote Bag
The Seasoned Homemaker
New! - 9/7/13
Totebag
The Renegade Seamstress
New! - 9/13/13
Lattice Embellished
Tote
Singer
New! - 10/1/13
Large Tote
w/Rounded Opening
Sew Sweetness
New! - 10/1/13
Quilted Tote Bags
Ricochet & Away
New! - 10/1/13
Tea Towel Tote
My Spare Time
New! - 10/1/13
Quilted Tote Bag
Singer
New! - 10/1/13
A Ruffled Tote
Make It Love It
New! - 10/28/13
Decoratively
Stitched Tote
Singer
New! - 10/28/13
Quilted Tote Bag
Ricochet & Away
New! - 10/28/13
Calla Lily Tote
Joann.com
New! - 10/28/13
Two-tone Fabric
Totes
Make It Love It
New! - 10/28/13
Everyday Tote Bag
Singer
New! - 12/19/13
Canvas Tote Bag
Singer
New! - 12/19/13
Faux Leather Tote
Bag
Joann.com
New! - 12/19/13
Library Tote
Mama Says Sew
New! - 12/19/13
Lined Tote
w/Pockets
Mama Says Sew
New! - 12/19/13
Flat Bottomed
Applique Tote Bag
Tally's Treasury
New! - 1/11/14
Quilted Tote
Mama Says Sew
New! - 1/11/14
Basic Rectangular
Tote
Bored & Crafty
New! - 1/11/14
It's a Cinch Bag
Sweet Verbena
New! - 1/11/14
Summer Madras
Tote
Noodlehead
New! - 1/11/14
Quilted Patchwork
Schoolbag
Sewn Up
New! - 1/16/14
Expandable Tote Bag
Sewn Up
New! - 1/16/14
Cloverleaf Bag
Sew Mama Sew
New - 1/16/14
Quilted Tote Bag
Sew Mama Sew
New! - 1/16/14
Oilcloth Pool Tote
Sew Mama Sew
New - 1/16/14