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Free Tote Bag Patterns - Over 260 designs!
A fabric tote bag can serve as a lovely, more fashionable alternative to a paper
shopping bag. It's certainly stronger than a paper bag is. Plus, with its wider
handles, it will be more comfortable to carry on a long shopping trip. And since a
fabric tote bag is reusable, it reduces waste.
And some tote bag sewing tips:
If you think you'll be carrying heaving items in your tote bag (like books), choose a
canvas tote bag pattern, or choose any design and simply make your bag from a
heavy canvas duck, denim, or other sturdy fabric. You may even want to repurpose
or recycle an old pair of jeans for your tote bag diy project for a more rustic,
homemade, but charming look. And remember to reinforce the seams of your bag
by either stitching over or right next to your first row of stitching (also, remember
to reinforce the stitching where the handles attach to your bag).
If you've fallen in love with a lighter weight fabric you'd like to use for your bag,
there are several ways you can add sturdiness to the bag. You can reinforce the
bag by applying a layer of fusible interfacing to your fabric pieces. Or, you can add a
lining to the interior of your tote bag for added durability (add both the lining and
the interfacing for even greater durability). Or, you can simply double your fabric.
And note: If you don't find the exact style of tote bag you're looking for here, try
the Purse Patterns section. Some of the larger designs can probably be converted
into “tote” bags simply by shortening the handles. Also, you may want to check out
the main Bags Patterns page for even more bag designs.
Looking for an easy tote bag pattern? A simple tote bag pattern for a beginner? Or
perhaps a more intricate quilted tote bag pattern or zippered design? Well, here
you'll find an assortment of over 260 free tote bag patterns & tutorials gathered
from all over the web. So if you want to know how to make a tote bag (pretty much
any kind of tote bag), you've come to the right place.