A handy and simply tote to haul just about anything!
Download and print the attached pattern (included is a pattern for a kid-sized bag and an adult size...be sure to hide whatever layer you do NOT want to print!)
Supply note: You'll need 2 yards of fabric for the outside of the bag, and another 2 for the lining. (less so if using 60" fabric)
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Fold your fabric in half, place pattern on the foldline and cut out. You will need to cut out TWO pattern pieces of each fabric and TWO bottom rectangles (measurements on the pattern). You will have a total of FOUR tote pieces and TWO bottom pieces.
NOTE: If you’d like to add pockets, you can do that now! Simply cut out a rectangle or two of your preferred size, fold under the raw edges and topstitch to your tote pieces wherever your little heart desires!
Begin sewing tote and bottom together at side seam. Before you get to the first corner, clip both fabrics at a 45 degree angle, about 1/4″. This will ensure that your corners lay flat when bag is turned right side out.
When you get to 1/4″ from the corner of your bottom piece (where the slit is), leave the needle in the fabric, raise the presser foot and pivot your fabric so that you can continue sewing the two fabrics together. Continue this way, clipping each corner, until you return to where you started.
Lay your bag flat with a side seam in front of you.
Fold one strap half over on top of the other half so that they match, RST. Sew these together, with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat with the lining on this side, and both lining and exterior on the other strap. (Be sure to not twist the straps before sewing!) Press seams open.
Begin pressing your curves well and continue until you reach the raw edges of the straps. Fold these edges under 1/4″ and press well. Do this to all 4 curves and both straps.