Sewing Project: Tote Bags

I recently upgraded my sewing machine from a brother LS14 to a Janome J3-20, and I knew that I wanted a quick project to try out the new machine, and get used to the “feel” of sewing with a new machine.

I chose to use this beautiful green fabric that I’ve actually had in my stash for a few years! I purchased it from fabrics UK a few years back when I was first dabbling into some sewing. I only bought 1 meter and being a curvier girl, I tend to need 1.5 – 2 meters for most patterns. This made it perfect for smaller projects such as tote bags!

I didn’t follow a pattern to make the bags, I simply cut 2 rectangles to the size I wanted (plus seam allowance) and 2 strips of fabric for the straps. I then sewed along 3 sides, finished the seam allowance with a zig zag stitch and turned the bag right way out. After making the straps, I attached them and folded around the top edge to hide the raw edge and add an extra row of stitches to secure the straps! To add a more professional finished I ironed on my label from Woven Labels UK.

I’m really pleased with the bag – it folds up really small to keep in my handbag and it feels much more environmentally friendly to have my own ready to use when I’m out and about.

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