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Make a Tote Bag in Two Hours

comments (5) June 30th, 2016     

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GorgeousThings Ann Steeves, contributor
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This two-hour tote is a great carryall for the beach this summer.
Stitch on sturdy webbing straps.
The strap outlines and secures the side and strong!
This two-hour tote is a great carryall for the beach this summer.

This two-hour tote is a great carryall for the beach this summer.

Photo: Ann Steeves
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As the song says, "Summer's here, and the time is right" (for hitting the beach!) And what better beach accessory than a roomy tote that can hold a book, towel, sunscreen and sunglasses? Another song says, "It's too darned hot!" (to spend too much time in the sewing room), so here's an easy project that you can make in less than two hours, start to finish!

What you'll need:
1/2 yard of denim or canvas (60 inches wide)
2 7/8 yards of 1-inch-wide nylon or cotton webbing
Thread to match
Sewing machine

1. Cut it out!
Okay, it's time to make an easy tote! To start, cut two rectangles, 19 inches wide by 15 1/2 inches high from your denim or canvas fabric. These will be the front and back of your bag. Next, cut one square 11 inches wide by 11 inches high. This will be your outside pocket.

make a tote bag in two hours   It takes just a few rectangles and some webbing straps to pull this terrific tote together.

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Comments (5)

SusieQP writes: Perfect! I want to make my own shopping bags so that I can make ones that are of high-quality and washable instead of buying the cheapy reusable shopping bags they sell at the grocery store. This is the perfect simple pattern I was looking for! I like the idea of using the webbing at handles since fabric handles may not be as durable.

Great Job!!

Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 3:53 pm on August 10th
GrammieB writes: I'm going to make these to go on the handle of walkers. I live in an Assisted Living Facility , have made some bags but nothing as nice as these.
Thanks for sharing the pattern with us. I live in Canby just south of Portland.
God Bless
Grammie B
Posted: 11:28 pm on August 9th
sheilac writes: Great tote. I will be making lots of these.
Posted: 4:27 pm on June 22nd
Laurel_Tuohy writes: CraftStylish members love their totes and this one is no exception - Thanks Ann!
Posted: 10:08 pm on June 19th
mini_vampire writes: it is exactly what i was looking for it is totally awesome
whoa it is sweet thanx
Posted: 9:59 am on June 16th
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