How to Make a Stitches-and-Stripes Tote Bag

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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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7. Insert the lining.
Turn the tote right-side out. Fold the upper edge under 1⁄2 inch, and press. With the lining inside out, fold the upper edge under the fabric 1⁄2 inch, and press. Insert the lining into the bag so that the wrong sides are together and the folded upper edges align.


Insert the lining.

8. Attach the handles. Insert the short ends of each handle into the upper edge of the bag between the two layers. Place each end 3 inches from the side seams, and push the ends 2 inches down into the bag. Pin them in place. Topstitch around the top of the bag 1⁄8 inch from the upper edge. Sew a second seam 1⁄2 inch below the first seam.


Attach the handles.

 



Excerpted from CraftStylish Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 2.

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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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