If there are any creases of wrinkles in your fabric it's a good idea to iron it out before you start. Draw out the outline of your tote bag on your fabric. This should be a rectangle around 15" by 10". Cut this out.
Fold over about an inch at each of the smaller ends of the rectangle and pin this down.
Sew along the edges using a sewing machine removing the pins as you go.
Lay the material on the floor and fold it in half. Pin along the long edges of the rectangle catching both sides.
Sew along these edges with a sewing machine.
Fold the bag inside out.
Draw out two more rectangles this time about 30" by 4". These will be the straps and cut them out.
Fold them in half and pin along the edges.
Sew along the straps and fold them inside out.
Pin the straps on to the bag. Sew them in place using a needle and thread and you're done. See <a href="/projects/fabric_printing/">Fabric Printing</a> for instructions on printing.