How to Make a Stitches-and-Stripes Tote Bag

comments (5) March 30th, 2011     

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Adding stitches and stripes is a great way to embellish a simple tote.
This basic tote is easy to create and customize.
Use a bias-tape maker to create the strips.
Adding stitches and stripes is a great way to embellish a simple tote.

Adding stitches and stripes is a great way to embellish a simple tote.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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4. Attach the strips.
Pin the folded strips to the right side of the tote-fabric piece, starting at one upper edge, continuing over the bottom fold of the bag and back up the other side to the upper edge. Edgestitch along both sides of each strip with a sewing machine. With contrasting thread, machine-sew as desired between the strips to add a touch of embellishment.


Attach the strips.

5. Assemble the bag. With right sides together, stitch the tote front and back along the side and bottom seams, using a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance. Press the seam allowances open. Repeat with the lining.


Assemble the bag.

6. Square the corners. With the tote inside-out, fold the bag with the bottom seam aligned with one side seam. Stitch a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance across the short raw edge to close the bag. Repeat on the second corner and then the lining corners.


Square the corners.

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Comments (5)

chammer writes: Cute, fun, and easy to make with you tutorial. Thanks.
Posted: 1:36 pm on May 13th
craftybegonia writes: Very cute and vibrant!
Posted: 6:44 pm on April 10th
isnessofwhatis writes: hmmm, this gives me some ideas for a version of my own.
Posted: 12:47 am on July 16th
CalPatch writes: i love this! i need to make one as soon as i get all my stash out of storage...
Posted: 11:16 am on October 3rd
janecanquilt writes: Terrific bag. Terrific instructions. I made mine with pockets on the inside lining. Phone and GPS are handy that way.
Posted: 5:38 pm on September 30th
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