These easy basic totes are inspired by the open totes popular in Greece in the early 70’s. These totes measure 11 by 10 inches and have crossover straps.
Cotton coordinates and home dec fabrics are just a few of the choices that would make a one of a kind bag.
Personalize your bag with trim, machine embroidery, or appliqués. Design your own appliqué using paper backed fusible web.
You will need these ingredients to make your tote:
Basic equipment and tools.
Fabric: 1/3rd yard of fabric for tote and 1/3rd yard of contrast lightweight fabric for lining. If your tote fabric is lightweight you will need 1/3rd yard of backing such as batting, canvas or interfacing.
Trim for a strap: For a crossover length strap, use 45 inches. The strap used on this sample is 5/8th inches wide. Web and cord are some choices to consider for a strap.
MAKE A PATTERN AND CUT OUT PIECES:
The first step is to create your pattern guide. You can simply use a letter size computer paper for a pattern to create a 7 1/2″ x 10″ tote. Or to make a larger tote, piece together computer paper as shown below. (Add in 1/2″ seams when calculating pattern size.)
SEW OUTER TOTE:
Purchase trim for a strap or be inventive. These straps were made with web wrapped with fabric. Strap ideas and inspiration will be added in future posts. Feel welcome to submit your ideas too!
If you would like a coordinating pouch or secure zipper pocket, click here for tutorial.
Check these patterns out, for some more tote styles: