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Make a fun and easy tote bag with this collection of over thirty free and easy tote bag patterns & tutorials gathered from all over the web. And of course, by making your own tote bag instead of buying one, you get to choose your own fabric, make the bag just the right size for your needs, and adjust the handles of the bag so they're just right length and width for you.
And simple, unlined tote bag can make a great first project for a beginner who's just learning how to sew. The new sewer will learn basic skills such as how to cut accurately, how to pin, how to sew straight lines, and how to turn and press. And unlike a garment, no fitting will be required. And an easy tote bag can also make a great project for an experienced seamstress looking for a quick-to-make project.
And just remember that if you're going to be placing heavy items in you tote bag such as books, to sew your bag from a sturdy fabric like canvas or denim which will be able to withstand heavy wear and tear better than a lighter weight fabric would. However if you've fallen in love with a lighter weight fabric for your bag, you could add a lining to it to make it stronger (however, this may make the bag construction a bit too complex for a beginner). Another way to add sturdiness to a lighter weight fabric is to back the fabric pieces with fusible interfacing before sewing the bag.
And also be sure to use a thicker needle in your sewing machine, which will be able to sew through thick layers of fabric without breaking. And reinforce seams that will be subject to stress such as the bottom of the bag and where the handles attach to the main part of the bag. You can do this by either choosing a smaller stitch length or by stitching again over your previous stitching.
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