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

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.
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Dress Stitchery
Amelie and Atticus
Reversible Tote
Skip to My Lou
Music Bag
Grocery Bag
Sew 4 Home
Quilted Basket
Geta's Quilting Studio
Big Bow Tote Bag
Rubies & Pearls
Pick a Pocket
All People Quilt
Insulated Picnic
Sew Mama Sew
Tote Bag with
Vintage Threads
The Pillowcase
This Beautiful Mess
Quilted Panel Bag
Angie Quilts
On the Move Bag
Moda Bake Shop
Fat Quarter Tote
Moda Bake Shop
Christmas Gift
Moda Bake Shop
Patchwork Tote
Sew Mama Sew
Project Bag
Sew Mama Sew
Dog Tote
Sew Doggy Style
Dishtowel Tote
What's That Gonna Be
Tote Bag
Craft Buds
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