Thursday, June 13, 2013

Making a Tote

The word homesteading often brings up the idyllic farmer milking a cow, collecting eggs and having a giant garden for all their food needs.  While someday I would love to be there, living in a city apartment it just isn't happening today.  There are many aspects of homesteading I can embrace and do!  To me homesteading is more about doing it yourself, whether it is food, or items we use every day.  Sewing is a great place for anyone no matter where they live to start.  I had my sewing machine with me through all of college.   This is a simple tutorial on how to sew a tote.

I love these little tote bags, I have 3 now, and have plans to make another 2.  They are a great way to use up scrap fabric and are fantastic for carrying lunch to work, getting things from the farmers market, or just hauling around the general things life seems to require.

Materials required:
Ability to sew, or a sewing machine.
coordinating thread
Four 18 by 12 inch pieces of cloth.
One 2 by 12 inch piece of cloth sewn into a strap.  That tutorial is Here

Cut out 4 rectangle pieces of fabric 12 inches by 18 inches.   I cut out two of white for a inner layer and two of a pattern cloth for an outer layer.

 Take your inner two pieces and place the right sides together and sew along the two longer edges and one shorter edge.  Or just sew along the red lines.
Repeat with the outer pieces. 

You now have two "bags."  Pinch the bottom corners together and sew a line 1 and 1/2 inches from the edge. 

After sewing cut off the corner 1/4 inch from the seam.

Here is the most confusing part.  Place the two bags inside each other, right sides facing each other.  Place your strap at each of the edges. 

Sew around the edge leaving about a 3 inch whole for flipping the bags inside out.


Sew 1/4 of an inch from the edge all the way around

You're done!  You have a great tote for running around with. 

Shared at The Homeacre Hop     Frugal Days Sustainable Ways      Homestead Barn Hop    Clever Chicks Blog Hop


  1. Good little tutorial. I have been to cheap to buy a pattern and the corners was what I was lacking. I can't believe I didn't get this simple technique. Thanks for sharing. I'm a visitor from the Home Acre Hop.

    1. I found the tip from a bread bag pattern. I never would've thought of it on my own.

  2. What a great tutorial and just love your tote. Wouldn't that be nice to take shopping. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    1. I am glad you like it, thank you for stopping by!

  3. This was a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it at our HomeAcre Hop! We'd love to see more tomorrow: