The One Square Tote: an easy tote bag sewing tutorial

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No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebag26. Sew around the bag opening close to the folded edge. I suggest switching to a 18/110 needle to get through the various layers of fabric.

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).

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebag28. Sew across the bag opening where the straps are to keep them in place (shown by the arrows above).

And you’re done! If you have a label, sew it on and wear it with pride!

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagIsn’t that cute? And I promise that this bag is actually quite easy to sew, despite the many steps I gave here.

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagI 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.

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagHow 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!

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagDo 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!)

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagI 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?!)

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagAnd if you have a bunch of boring white sheets like I do, they are a perfect canvas for embellishing! Try using appliqué or freezer paper stenciling like I did here!

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagThis 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!

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebagThe sky’s your limit! You can do pretty much anything with these bags! On some of them I added a contrast fabric pocket to the outside, which is great for sticking your phone or shopping list in.

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!

The most versatile pajama pants pattern for women: Evening Primrose PJ Pants for women by Cucicucicoo Patterns! 11 sizes, three lengths, elastic or drawstring waistband, optional pockets, refashion-friendly... you can sew these for any season of the year or give useful gifts to others! www.cucicucicoo.comIf 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!

Save time and effort when repurposing fabric: how to reuse existing hems with a sewing pattern. www.cucicucicoo.comAnd 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!)

Learn to Machine Sew with Cucicucicoo: a free sewing course for beginnersThis 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!

Save this Cucicucicoo project on PinterestMake sure you Pin this easy tote bag sewing tutorial, because you know you’re going to want to make one- or twenty!- of these!

No more ripped plastic bags with the One Square Tote, an easy tote bag sewing tutorial made from a single square of fabric, or from an old sheet! Simple and eco-friendly! #reusableshoppingbag #totebag*All starred links are affiliate links which help fund this blog. All opinions are my own.
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14 COMMENTS

  1. Ciao Lisa!!! che bello rileggerti e rivederti!!!! <3<3<3
    questa borsa è davvero semplicissima da fare e il tuo tutorial ? una meraviglia! hai un bellissimo dono, tra i tanti tuoi: saper spiegare!!!
    Penso, persino, che potrei cimentarmi anch'io…
    un abbraccio forte a te e ai tuoi bimbi
    :* :* :*

  2. Ciao Lisa!!! che bello rileggerti e rivederti!!!! <3<3<3
    questa borsa è davvero semplicissima da fare e il tuo tutorial ? una meraviglia! hai un bellissimo dono, tra i tanti tuoi: saper spiegare!!!
    Penso, persino, che potrei cimentarmi anch'io…
    un abbraccio forte a te e ai tuoi bimbi
    :* :* :*

    • Ahaha! Non ti preoccupare, Angie, capita a tutti! 😉 Ho la formazione da maestra, quindi perciò so spiegare! E certo che ce la potresti fare anche tu! Dai, provaci e aspetto qualche foto! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the showcase, Pam! I’ll go check it out right away! And yes, we use fabric shopping bags for EVERYTHING! We must have about 15 of them, and we still run out from time to time! 🙂

  3. cara Lisa, sei bravissima,molto chiara nelle spiegazioni,anche per me autodidatta e sarta da pochissimo tempo.Grazie per la condivisione

    • Hi Sian and thank you! I love stripes, and sewing this bag with stripes actually makes it easier to cut out and match up the fabic! If you want to add a zipper, you would need to sew the zipper on to the top edges of the fabric for the bag body BEFORE sewing up the sides (You can see how to sew a zipper here: http://www.cucicucicoo.com/2015/04/how-to-sew-an-exposed-zipper/). Then you could attach the straps on the outside top of the bag, instead of sewing them into the hemmed top. Consider that the bag will be taller this way, without factoring in the hem allowance. Let me know if this is clear or if you need more help! 🙂

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