DIY Tote Bag: Sewing Tips

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This video explains how to sew a tote bag easily. See these step-by-step instructions for how to sew a tote bag that you can use or give as a gift.

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Updated: November 28, 2013 — 3:02 pm


  1. Really clear, thanks

  2. @GordonCLynch a rotary cutter

  3. Excelent… Thank you

  4. Excellent video! Very well taught. May I ask what yardage of fabric?

  5. Excellent video, been looking for a good one for a while. Nice easy and
    very clear too! Will be checking out your other videos 🙂

  6. Really lovely, simple, clear instructions. Thank you.

  7. I’ve been struggling with a tote bag fabric pattern for two days; I see
    this video for 3 1/2 minutes and now know exactly what to do–THANK YOU!
    Just wish I saw this two days ago! lol!

  8. Was this filmed in Montreal?

  9. thank you for such easy instructions

  10. i think it’s 40×16 🙂

  11. Material needed; 1 40″x16″ and 2 32″x16″? I didn’t clearly hear the
    measurements for the straps. Thanks!

  12. Thanks! I plan on making my kids’ trick-or-treat bags using this tutorial!

  13. Great video! Super simple for beginners. I am going to make trick or treat
    totes for my kids, I’m new to sewing and these instructions were straight
    forward and easy to follow, unlike most of the how to sewing videos on here.

  14. thanks for the video i enjoyed it .Brief and straight to the point. I did
    mine with scrap fabric and liked it now going to try on a thicker and nicer

  15. This is a very easy tutorial for making nicely put together simple totes.
    Great for a beginner!

  16. This was a nice simple tutorial. I made the bag and it turned out well, but
    just a bit too large. If I made it again I would make it less than 40″,
    probably 34-36″ would be big enough for my needs. Will definitely make
    again. Thanks

  17. Carolyn Householder

    Love, love, love this tutorial. You explain instructions well and good
    camera work. I can see what to do. Have made many of these bags. Do you
    have a video on making a bag with lining?

  18. Carolyn Householder

    40 X 16 and 2 at 32 X SIX I thought she said 15 also but the second time
    heard six. Either works the straps are just shorter or longer.

  19. great!!!! nice and easywhat can i do to make the bottom stronger

  20. Nandini Tondebhavi

    thank you that was really great tutorial

  21. I have watched a ton of tote bag videos and I like yours the best. It’s how
    I make mine and it’s clear and easy to understand. I just got some more
    fabric to to make some more bags to replace the ones I’ve had for thirty
    years. I use canvas and love, love, love my sacks. Thumbs up for a great

  22. This is really a great instructional video! Thank you! I do not have a
    sewing machine, nor do I know how to use one, but I am going to make two of
    these by hand. They will be church bags for our sweet girls, ages 8 &
    nearly 4. Thank you! I can’t wait to make these and then to see their faces
    when I present them with their bags!

  23. learned so much. idk why the video keeps stopping.

  24. Thank you!!

  25. Excellent!!!

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