DIY Tote Bag In Less Than 30 Minutes

30 minute tote bag

A good heavy-duty tote bag is worth its weight in gold. I use them to carry my books home from the library, to hold my cosmetic bags and hair accessories while traveling, as a reusable grocery bag, a gym bag, and the list could go on forever! Plus they are so easy to make it’s kind of crazy! (Hint hint: They make a fabulous gift for your friends and family, so pick out some amazing fabric and make a whole slew of them!)

This is the perfect project if you’re new to sewing as it will take you less than 30 minutes from start to finish. And eventually once you get the hang of each step, I bet you could whip them up in 20 minutes.

Let’s get to it!

  • Learn how to make this tote! 1 of 13
    diy tote bag

    Ready to get started?

  • Materials 2 of 13

    You'll need:

    1/2-yard medium weight fabric (Chevron fabric from here)

    1 1/2-yards cotton webbing (From here)

    Sewing machine with coordinating thread

    A cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter are helpful but you could also just use scissors to cut the fabric

  • Measure and Cut 3 of 13
    Measure and cut

    Measure and cut two 14" wide x 16" long pieces from the fabric

    Cut the cotton webbing into two 23-inch long pieces

  • Pin handles 4 of 13
    Pin the handles

    Pin the handles to the top edge of the fabric 2 1/2-inches from the side edge. Make sure the handles don't twist

  • Secure handles 5 of 13
    secure handles

    Serge or zig-zag stitch the top edge of the fabric to secure the handles in the right position 

  • Fold over top 6 of 13
    Fold and press

    Fold the top edge over 2-inches and pin in place

  • Sew top edge 7 of 13
    sew top edge

    Secure this fold by sewing a straight stitch 1/4-inch from the top edge and another straight stitch 1-inch below the first

  • Sew top edge, continued 8 of 13
    sew top edge continued

    It should look like this when you flip it over! You're almost done! 

  • Right sides together 9 of 13
    Right sides together

    Pin the two panels together, right sides facing each other

  • Sew the bag together 10 of 13
    sewing the bag together

    Sew a straight stitch along the two sides and the bottom 1/2-inch from the raw edge

  • Serge side and bottom 11 of 13
    serge side and bottom

    And finally, serge or zig-zag stitch the side and bottom raw edges to keep the edges from fraying and to keep the inside of the bag tidy. When you're finished with this step turn the bag right side out! 

  • You’re done! 12 of 13
    You're done!

    Fill with books, magazines or anything you'd like and admire your handiwork! 

  • P.S. grocery tote! 13 of 13
    grocery tote

    They also double as a handy and stylish reusable grocery bag. 

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