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This handy reusable tote folds away into it's own pocket. Perfect for storing in your purse for spontaneous shopping sprees!
This handy reusable tote folds away into it's own pocket.
Perfect for storing in your purse for spontaneous shopping sprees!

All seams are 1cm. You can find the pattern template for this tutorial below. It is not to scale and is for guidance only. You will need to make a template on pattern paper, I would recommend using squared paper so that you can achieve true straight edges.

I would love to hear any comments or see any photos of your finished foldaway market totes!

Copyright: This tutorial is intended for personal use only. Please don't make these market totes to sell. You are more than welcome to share this tutorial. but if you do, please could you link back to http://www.pouchbags.blogspot.co.uk

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  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 1
    Step 1

    You will need a piece of material 84 x 71cm. Cut out the 4 main pieces plus a piece for the pocket 18 x 36cm.

    Step 1. Fold the pocket piece with right sides {RS} together and stitch around the edge leaving a small gap.Trim the corners and turn right side out.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step 2. Place the pocket with the fold at the top, centrally on the right side of one main bag piece. Stitch around 3 sides.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Step 3. Join the main pieces {RS} to {RS} at the tops of the handles. Neaten the raw edges by pinking or zig-zag machine stitch.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Step 4. Neaten all round the inside raw edge between the handles by pinking or zig-zag machine stitch.Then turn under and sew all around the edge making a curve at the corners.You may need to clip the corners slightly.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Step 5. Sew the bottom of the bag {RS} to {RS} and neaten the raw edges as before.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Step 6. Pin the side pieces {RS} to {RS} by lining the top edge to the mark on the main bag piece (about 7 inches from the top) and the bottom edge centrally to the bottom seam of the bag.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Step 7. Sew all around the seam leaving 10mm at the top. In each corner pivot your work keeping the needle down in the material. Neaten raw edges as before.

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Step 8. Pink or zig-zag stitch around the side edge of the bag opening. Turn under and sew all around the edge. Turn bag right side out.

    And there you have it, a strong, yet lightweight foldaway tote, handy for a multitude of uses!

  • How to sew a fold-up tote bag. Tutorial: Foldaway Market Tote  - Step 9
    Step 9

    And there you have it, a strong, yet lightweight foldaway tote, handy for a multitude of uses!

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