Tote Bag Tutorial: Sewing Lined Tote Bag for Beginners

tote bag tutorial

I came across this tote bag tutorial at Bijou Lovely website and instantly fell in love with it!  It is the great size to carry my belongings when I am on the go plus she gives easy to follow step by step instructions. Whether you need a tote bag that is stylish, to use for shopping or just the right size to carry your gym clothes this tote bag will be perfect for you.

The finished tote bag is pretty big 13″ wide x 7″ deep x 14″ high!


Tips when creating this tote bag :

  1. Topstitch the straps and base fabric of the tote bag even if you can not sew a straight stitch. It will give your tote bag a more polished professional finished product.
  2. Use Interfacing when creating the tote bag even when you think it is not necessary. Interfacing will give your bag a great shape, reinforce the bag and help minimize wear and tear of the bag overtime.

Materials To Buy:

1 yard main/outer fabric: (I recommend home decor or canvas fabrics for the bag.)

1 yard base/lining fabric: (cotton fabrics works well for the lining (you can also use home decor). I  recommend  home decor or canvas for the base.)

4 yards Interfacing: Sturdy interfacing such as  Pellon Fusible #931TD works best.

Matching thread

Contrasting thread (for topstitching)

Dressmaker’s Shears (scissors)

Tailor’s Chalk

Dressmaker’s Pins

Yardstick or Ruler to measure fabric with.


For step by step instructions on how to create this beautiful tote bag visit: BijouLovelyDesigns.com


tote bag tutorial

Helpful Links:

Sewing Glossary: Sewing vocabulary you need to know.

Basic Sewing Supplies: What you need to get started.

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