It is quite simple to learn how to make a tote bag. This post is going to walk you through the steps to make one of your own. To get started, it’s important to gather the right tools. The tools needed include scissors, pins, a ruler, a paper shredder, fabric chalk, a sewing machine, and a meter of fabric.

How to make a tote bag with what you have

A step-by-step guide to making a tote bag for your own use

First Step: Cut a sheet of 840 x 790 mm in the fabric. Next, fold the piece of fabric in half so that the size is 420 x 395mm. Make sure the fold is facing down.

Step Two: Now cut two 410mm long straps from the remaining fabric. These straps will serve as the handles of the bag. The fabric can be replaced with any other sturdy material for the handles. However, try to keep the strips at an appropriate length.

Step Three: Have the open top edges of the fabric folded at right angles and fold them over an inch on both sides. Pin the sides down. Then, sew 0.5 mm from the edges. Make a double stitch at the beginning and at the end to ensure solidity. Remove the pins. You have now completed the top fold stitches.

Step Four: Now that the top and bottom of the bag have been secured, it’s time to sew the sides closed. Pin the sides together so the edges fit evenly. Continue sewing 1 mm from the edge of the fabric.

Step Five: You can give more volume to the bottom of the bag by sewing in the corners, thus forming an effective gusset. Pinch the corners of the sachet and secure them with pins. Then sew approximately 80mm across the corners of the bottom. You’ll end up with two corners that almost look like dog ears.

Step Six: Take the straps and measure 100mm at both ends, so that each handle strap rests 100mm from the nearest edge. Align the edges of the shoulder straps with the 25mm pleats sewn earlier at the top of the bag. Next, pin each strap.

Step Seven: The straps of the handles must be sewn with the greatest care so that they remain intact, even with the load of the weights. Start by sewing around the four edges of the strap, forming a square. Next, sew lines connecting the corners of the squares, so that the yarn splits into an “X”. The finished product should look like a square with an “X” centered in the middle. Repeat this method with the other three straps.

Step Eight: Cut all loose strings and make sure all threadwork is secure. Now turn the bag upside down and you have a brand new tote bag.

Step Nine: Decorating your tote bag is where you have the opportunity to unleash your style and personal expression. The advantage of tote bags is that they retain ink easily, regardless of the method used to transfer the ink into the bag.


If the handle of your Tote bag tears, it indicates that you carried heavier weights than the intended use of the bag. Depending on the severity of the tear, the handle can often be repaired with fabric glue or stitching.

Holes in a tote bag can be repaired by sewing or by a patch of the same material and color if the hole is too big to sew. When choosing a patch, choose a thicker material that is at least 3cm longer than the hole. Turn the bag inside out and place the patch over the tear, making sure the area is completely covered. Now you can glue the stamp to the original material with strong fabric glue or by sewing it.

To repair holes in the inner liner of the bag, you will need to remove the liner by opening the bottom seam. Then place a patch over the hole and sew it closed. Finish by closing the seam. If you’d rather not have to deal with needle and thread, you can always place an outer patch on the lining using fabric glue.

After you are done with making a tote bag, you should consider waxing it to make it waterproof.

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