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27. Turn the bag right side out and fold the straps along the stitching from step 26 so that you can lift them up out of the bag. Pin them in place (as seen above).
And you’re done! If you have a label, sew it on and wear it with pride!
I just LOVE the proportions of this bag! The straps are just the right length and with the best spacing to wear it comfortably on your shoulder, and both the narrow and the wide bags are the right size for easy access to what your carrying. The boxed corners make it more spacious inside, too.
How many times have I run out to quickly buy a couple of things at the local market and just tossed my keys and wallet into my shopping tote, and then couldn’t find them underneath everything when I got back home? That’s why I added the zippered pocket, which is just perfect for holding a few small things inside without them getting lost inside the bag!
Do you by any chance sell handmade goods at small markets and you want to offer your buyers a cool reusable bag for what they buy? Put an iron-on sticker with your logo on the outside of the shopping tote, and you’ll be getting publicity every time the bag gets used! (Click here to find out more about these stickers that I got a chance to try out!)
I love showing off my brand! When people ask me what it is, I can proudly tell them that it’s my website and pattern shop, and give them a business card if they’re interested! (Why not keep a few inside the zippered pocket?!)
This is part of my “Speech Bubble” appliqué and freezer paper stencil design packs that I’ve been putting together for a while and will eventually start making available. I love these!
What else can I say??!! I just love these bags because they’re easy to sew and there are just so many ways to customize them! Not only does our family use them for our everyday activities, but I’ve started giving them away to friends as practical “wrapping paper” for their gift. And if you already have some extra sheets you don’t use, they won’t cost you anything to make!
If you love repurposing bedsheets, make sure you check out my Evening Primrose women’s pajama pants pattern! I’ve made quite a few of them in different lengths and styles from sheets, and wear them to bed every night!
And reusing sheets saves you time, too; this tutorial shows how to use the hemmed sheet edges as your pre-hemmed pants hems! (Incidentally, I am wearing these very PJ pants as I write this. Flannel sheets make the BEST winter pajama pants!)
This easy tote bag sewing tutorial is part of the syllabus of Cucicucicoo’s Learn to Machine Sew beginner’s sewing course! Don’t forget to share pictures of your work on Facebook or the Cucicucicoo Creations Flickr Group!
Make sure you Pin this easy tote bag sewing tutorial, because you know you’re going to want to make one- or twenty!- of these!
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