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Grab some interesting fabrics and create this awesome tote purse!
Grab some interesting/contrasting fabrics and make yourself a 'not so typical' tote purse!

Posted by Thera Joyce from Chandler, Arizona, United States • Published See Thera Joyce's 44 projects »
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  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    With chalk and a measuring tape, measure out two 14 inch by 14 inch squares on the fabric you've chosen for the exterior of the tote purse. Also measure out two, 2 inch by 25 inch pieces. Cut.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    On the fabric you've chosen for the interior of the tote purse, measure out two 14 inch by 14 inch squares. Also measure out two, 2 inch by 25 inch pieces. Cut.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    On the fabric you've chosen for the fabric bow and the interior pocket measure out the following: two 4 1/2 by 5 inch pieces, one 2 inch by 4 inch piece, and two 5 inch by 7 inch pieces. Cut.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut two 14 inch by 14 inch pieces of iron on interfacing, as well as two 2 inch by 25 inch pieces for the straps. Also cut one 4 1/2 inch by 5 inch piece for the bow and one 5 inch by 7 inch piece for the pocket. I always lay the pieces I've cut out already on top of the iron on interfacing and use them as pattern pieces. Much easier than measuring it all out again!

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Iron the iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of the two exterior pieces of the tote purse, as well as the wrong sides of the exterior pieces of the straps. Also iron the iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of one piece of the interior pocket and one piece of the fabric bow.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make a fabric bow and pin it down to one of the exterior tote purse pieces. I pinned mine about 3 inches down from the top of the piece and about 1 1/2 inches in from the left side of the piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stitch the bow to the exterior tote purse piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    With right sides together, pin one exterior strap piece to one interior strap piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch all the way down each side of the strap (leaving the ends open for turning). Repeat with the second strap, and turn them both right side out. Once the straps are right side out, use an iron to press the seams flat.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Topstitch along both edges of the strap. Repeat with the second strap.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 11
    Step 11

    With right sides together, pin the ends of one strap piece to one exterior tote purse piece about two inches in from each side. Make sure the raw edges of the strap piece and the top of the tote purse piece are lined up. Repeat pinning on the second exterior tote purse piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 12
    Step 12

    With a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch the straps to the exterior tote purse pieces.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 13
    Step 13

    With right sides together, pin the exterior tote purse pieces together.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 14
    Step 14

    With a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stitch the exterior tote purse pieces together.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now, find the bottom right hand corner of the tote purse. Press the bottom seam and the side seam of the tote together to make a triangle. Measure 1 1/2 inches up and pin, or mark with chalk. Repeat this step on the left hand corner of the tote purse.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 16
    Step 16

    Making sure the triangle stays flat, stitch across the triangle (in the inset you can see what the corner of the tote should look like after completing this step). Repeat this step with the other corner of the tote purse.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 17
    Step 17

    Trim the excess fabric off each corner of the tote purse and turn the exterior tote purse piece right side out. Now your tote purse has a flat bottom.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 18
    Step 18

    With right sides together, stitch the pocket pieces together. Make sure to leave a small turning hole. Turn the pocket right side out and press the seams flat with an iron.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 19
    Step 19

    Topstitch around the outside edge of the pocket. This closes the turning hole and gives the pocket a more finished look.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 20
    Step 20

    Find the center of one piece of the interior tote purse piece and the center of the pocket by folding each piece in half width wise. Line up the centers of each piece. Pin the pocket to the interior tote purse piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 21
    Step 21

    Stitch the pocket to the interior tote purse piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 22
    Step 22

    Cut two (one soft, one rough) 1 inch wide pieces of sew on velcro. Measure down 1/2 inch from the raw edge of the interior tote purse piece at the center you found in step 20. Pin the velcro to the interior tote purse piece. Repeat this step on the second interior tote purse piece.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 23
    Step 23

    Stitch the velcro to both interior tote purse pieces.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 24
    Step 24

    With right sides together, pin the interior tote purse pieces together. Then follow steps 14 - 17 to complete the interior piece of the tote purse.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 25
    Step 25

    Place the exterior tote purse piece inside the interior tote purse piece (right sides should be facing each other). Make sure the interior pocket is situated in what will be the back of the tote purse (basically, make sure the bow and the pocket aren't touching on the inside). Line up the raw edges and pin.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 26
    Step 26

    Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch all the way around the top of the tote purse. Make sure to leave a small turning hole.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 27
    Step 27

    Reach into the turning hole, and grab the bottom of the exterior tote purse piece and slowly start to pull it through the turning hole. Pull until the whole purse is right side out, and tuck the lining inside the tote purse. Use an iron to press top edge of the tote purse flat.

  • How to make a tote bag. "Not Your Typical Tote" Purse - Step 28
    Step 28

    Useing a zig zag stitch, stitch around the top edge of the tote purse. This closes the turning hole and finishes the tote purse off nicely. Now pat yourself on the back because you're done!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
Awesome!! Where did you get the eyeball fabric from? XD
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