A fast, cute bag for all occasions.
I actually made my tote bag out of a curtain. You can buy really nice fabric really cheaply from curtain shops, they pop the ex display curtains in a bargain bin. It took me about two hours to make.
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Ok, now you need to cut the shapes out. The shapes on the left show you what they're supposed to look like. They're not in proportion. You can choose whatever sizes you like for the rectangle with horns thing, and the straps, but the smaller rectangle has to be the length of the space inbetween the horns on the bigger rectangle. I hope this makes sense!
I made my bag big enough to fit some school books in, only because it was going to be pleated I made it bigger than that too.
Now take your rectangles with horns and pleat inbetween the horns along the top lines on each. To get an even pleat, find the middle by folding in half, marking with a pin, and then deciding on a measurement like an inch, and do a pleat from there to the edge on both sides, every inch. Pin these pleats in place, then run a stitching line across the top of them on your machine to hold them in place.
Now put the wrong sides together and sew along all three sides without horns. I zigzagged mine because I like to zigzag and I hope it means it's less likely to fray, although I expect this is something I dreamt.
Then turn it out and you should have something that looks a bit like my picture. Or at least baggish.