10 Minute Sewn Tote Bag
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Want a fun and easy sewn bag that you can make in just 10 minutes? This 10 Minute Sewn Tote Bag is a fun and easy craft for you to make a quick and trendy bag. This DIY bag tutorial makes a messanger style bag that is perfect for carrying around when you are going on any trips where you need to carry a lot of stuff. Plus, the fun fashion fabric pattern lets you really create a DIY sewn bag that you can really make to fit your style!
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Time to CompleteUnder an hour
Project TypeMake a Project
- 1 yard fashion fabric
- 1 ¼ yard heavyweight lining fabric
- 3” coconut shell buckle
10 Minute Sewn Tote Bag
Note on Materials: If your fabric has an even grain and a pattern that looks good in either direction you can use ¾ yard of the fashion fabric and the lining, but if it has a strong vertical/horizontal design element use the cuts above.
Messanger Style Tote Bag Instructions
Cut List: Fashion Fabric:
Bag Body – 17 “ x 35”
Flap – 13” x 9 ½”
Decorative Buckle Strap – 3” x 11 ½”
Cut List: Lining
Bag Body and Flap as above
Strap – 6” x 32”
Buckle Strap – 2 ½” x 11”
Take the fashion fabric that you are using for the body of the bag, you are going to fold them in half, and sew up both sides and leave the top edge open, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Repeat this for the lining fo the bag.
Pin the right side of your fabrics for the flap, one cut of the fashion and one cut of the lining, facing, and sew along three sides of your flap leaving one long side open. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Clip the corners and turn the flap of your bag right side out, and press it.
Take the buckle straps and bag straps, fold them in half, long ways, sew them up the side with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then use the same technique to turn them right side out and press them.
At the bottoms of the bag, looking at the bottom corner where the fold is, grab both sides and pull it out so you have a triangle shape. Measure down 1.5 inches, make a mark, and holding it nice and flat draw a line across that mark.
Sew across that line, and then fold your triangle toward the fold and tack it into place.
Repeat steps 6-7 for the other corner of the fashion fabric, and both corners of the lining fabric.
Take your strap piece for weaving through the buckle, take one of the ends and put it down through the wrong side of the buckle and up through the right side of the buckle. Fold back about a half of an inch and lay that fold on top of the buckle strap and sew it shut by hand.
Have the right side of the fashion fabric for the body of your bag facing the right side of the lining for the body of your bag. Put your fashion fabric inside the lining.
Insert the big wide strap that is going to be used to keep the bag on your shoulder into the bag and pin it into place.
Measure equally from the two sides and make a small chalk mark to see where your buckle strap should be, and place the buckle so that the right side of the buckle facing up form the right side of the fashion fabric, and pin that into place.
Sew all of this together along three sides, starting at the the one short side, across the long side with all the buckles, and across the short side on the other side.
Turn your entire bag right side out.
Fold down the seam allowance along the back of the bag. Insert the flap so that the lining is facing the lining and the fashion fabric is facing the fashion fabric, and then sew all the way around the top of the bag.
Sew down the two sides of the buckle strap to secure it into place, and taking the other part of the buckle strap and stitch it onto the center of the flap so that your more narrow strap will go through the buckle.
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