Hack That Tote!
FINISHED BACKPACK: 16 ̋ wide × 211⁄4 ̋ high
Eliminating the cut-out corners of the Basic Tote Bag creates a flatter bag. A drawstring casing at the top edge and tabs with grommets work together to make this bag function
like a backpack.
Adapt this pattern for lighter- weight fabrics by flat lining the exterior with a heavier fabric, such as canvas.
Cut 2 rectangles 17 ̋ × 22 ̋.
Cut 2 rectangles 11⁄2 ̋ × 17 ̋.
Cut 2 rectangles 3 ̋×4 ̋.
Cut 2 rectangles 11⁄2 ̋ × 21⁄2 ̋.
All seam allowances are 1⁄4 ̋ unless otherwise noted. French seams eliminate the need for a lining. Refer to Anatomy of the Tote Bag Pattern and the Glossary as needed.
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Sew the short sides. Turn right side out and press.
Match the short ends of the drawstring casing, right sides together, and pin. Using a 1⁄2 ̋ seam allowance, sew the first and last 1⁄2 ̋ along the short end, leaving a 1⁄2 ̋ gap in the stitching to create the opening for the drawstring. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitches.
Match short ends of drawstring casing, leaving 1⁄2 ̋ gap.
Press 1 raw edge of the drawstring casing 1⁄4 ̋ to the wrong side.
Topstitch around the top edge of the drawstring casing.
Cut the cord into 2 equal-length pieces.
Set aside 1 piece. Use a bodkin or safety pin to feed 1 cord piece through the bottom of the cord guide, up through the bag front drawstring casing (from the left), around through the bag back drawstring casing (from the right), and then back down to the starting point. Knot. Repeat on the opposite side of the bag.