- Thick Cotton/Calico Material
- Patterned cotton (optional for decoration)
- Sewing Supplies
The material I chose for this tote was thick calico as I wanted it to be sturdy enough for my sister to carry heavy books, so for all the machine sewing I used a denim needle to make sure it could cope!
I started off with the handles by cutting two strips (each 4" x 28"), folding each side into the middle and then in half again (so that the raw edges are concealed in the middle). I finished them by machine sewing along each side approx 1/4" from the edge.
To attach the handles, I pinned them to the right side of the bag (about 4" from each side), then sewed along the top with 1/4" seam.
As the fabric was a natural colour, I decided it needed a bit of jazzing up so used a lovely blue patterned fabric over the top. To do this, I cut two rectangles (14"w x 6"l) and top stitched to the bag making sure that the top and bottom edges were folded over to hide the raw edges.
To finish, I sewed up each side (right sides together) and then made a flat base by lining up the bottom and side seams, then sewing straight across (1.5" from tip of triangle).