How to make a tote bag

    Posted by  ·  July 17, 2009

    Here is a simple way to make a tote bag and it is even reversible. The best part it is even reversible. You might also like to make a darling pleated zippered pouch to go with your new tote! You will be surprised at how easy it is to put in a zipper with this zippered pouch tutorial.

    Tote Bag Supplies

    2 pieces fabric 13 1/2 inches X 14 inches (outside)

    2 pieces fabric 13 1/2 inches X 14 inches (lining)

    1 piece 4” X  about 44″ long

    How to make a tote bag

    First lets start by making the straps. You will be surprised at how easy it is to make a reversible tote bag! You will be making them for every activity. They make great gifts too!

    1. Cut a piece of fabric 4″X 44″ long. Press fabric in half lengthwise.

    2. Open fabric up and press each outside edge to the center.

    3. Fold fabric in half and press.

    4. Top-stitch down each side of strap close to the edge. Cut fabric in half so you have two straps about 22 inches long each.

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    Now lets make the tote bag.

    Cut four pieces fabric 13 1/2 inches X 14 inches.

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    Sew lining fabric right sides together on three sides and then also sew outer fabric right sides together on three sides. For this bag the bottom is 13 1/2 inches wide and the sides 14 inches long.  The bag can be made any size.

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    3. Pinch bottom corner together and stitch across 1 1/2 inches from corner. Do this for the lining and also the outer fabric.

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    4. Repeat until all four corners have been sewn.

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    5. Place lining fabric inside the outside fabric right sides together. I slipped the lining fabric up a bit so you can see how it slips in.

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    6. Place straps in between right sides of fabric on each side about two to  three  inches from the side edge.

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    7. Pins straps and top edge of bag well. Stitch around top of bag 1/2 inch from edge. Leave a 2-3 inch opening for turning bag (I usually leave this on the side).

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    8. Turn bag inside out.

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    9. Push lining inside the bag and top stitch all the way around the top of bag. This will close up the opening used for turning.

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    Finished! How exciting! You did it. I hope you make tons of totes!

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    You might be interested in making a matching pocket tissue holder and zippered pouch to go with your tote!

    The fabric is from Heather Bailey. I used Pineapple Brocade in green and Zag Stripe in gold (I think).

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    Comments

    1. Theresa
      Saturday, April 9th, 2016
      Thank you so much for this fabulous pattern! I've made loads of them to give to friends and everyone loves them. They're just the right size to fold up and keep in my handbag for that impulsive purchase!
    2. Theresa
      Friday, April 8th, 2016
      Thank you for this fabulously simple pattern! I've made a dozen of them so far, mostly to give to friends - ever since the introduction of a statutory 5p charge for carriers it is just so handy to keep one or two of these folded up inside my handbag and then I never get caught out. And besides they look so much nicer than cheapie plastic bags!
    3. Saturday, March 12th, 2016
      thanks, good job
    4. patti
      Saturday, March 5th, 2016
      straps? what to do with sraps after sewing on? I was coasting along fine but got super messed up when straps came. I made them very nice by the way. Super easy but could not for life of me figure where to put the remainder of stap. So I sewed on other side in between fabric and when I went to turn iside out my tote was all messed up. I have a lining rough side. The outside is fine but inside tote well not so nice. what did i mess up. I could not go figure. i am so new at this. Thank you. My first one turned out better I did staps another way. Maybe should have stuck to what worked for me. lol. You are precious cindy and talented. thank you. Please reply I am curious!!! God B;ess you patti
    5. Saturday, March 5th, 2016
      skip to my lou. Preciuos cindy. Loved the instructions for the tote. Simple, My kind of sewing. I am new at this. I love the hobby. I get flustered at to many instructions. I could easily follow yours. Yay. Thank you so much woman. I am going to make Number 2 tote today. God Bless You. Patti
    6. Jessica
      Saturday, January 30th, 2016
      Thank you for this simple pattern! I wanted to learn how to see and this is my second project and I am in love! I'm currently making my third tote and don't see me stopping any time soon.
    7. Pam
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
      Thanks for the awesome instructions. Best I have seen. I will be making many bags thanks to you!!! Great job!
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    9. Sharon Spicker
      Saturday, December 26th, 2015
      I just made four of these totes as Christmas gifts - actually, they were used in place of Christmas stockings for adult women. I made the first one exactly as directed then decided to play with the size a bit, because it seems just a bit narrow at the opening. I ended up cutting the fabric at 14x16 inches, and that one inch difference in the opening (after sewing the seam) made all the difference. The recipients were so happy with the bags! Thank you for a great, very useful tutorial!
    10. Mary
      Saturday, December 5th, 2015
      Thank you! Great instructions. I bought some very expensive fabric several months ago, to make into a gift tote bag, and have been too nervous to start. I just made 3 totes in 2 days, the 3rd one in the very expensive fabric and it looks great.
    11. Andrea
      Monday, November 2nd, 2015
      Fantastic tutorial- really clear and simple. Great confidence booster for a newbie like me to complete a project successfully. Thanks for sharing!
    12. Jessica
      Monday, October 26th, 2015
      I just made this bag and it looks great, especially for a newbie sewer! These are going to be Christmas presents!
    13. Carol Barnett
      Friday, October 2nd, 2015
      Wonderfully easy pattern and fun! Making them out of leftover fabrics for neighborhood welcome wagon duties to give to new folks with goodies inside. Could use some hints on the corners though. Couldn't make them push out. Thanks again!
    14. Renee
      Friday, October 2nd, 2015
      Thanks so much for this tutorial, I will be using it to teach a class of homeschool kids how to sew. Great project. :-)
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      Thursday, September 10th, 2015
      I am having trouble printing tutorials off of your website thank you Edie
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        We have been having some trouble with links. Edie, could you let me know which tutorial?
    16. Annmarie
      Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
      I am no sewing marvel and my bag came out so cute! I used an old tablecloth to do a first version in case I ran into snags, and there were none! (Now I have an adorable bag with old food stains on it! Ha!) Even though I couldn't wrap my brain around how those straps were going to somehow emerge correctly, they did, and I am thrilled with the result. Great tutorial, thank you for posting!
    17. Gloria Cabeen
      Saturday, May 30th, 2015
      This is a great tutorial. I used a 1/4" seam all around; is this right? Also, I used fat quarters to make one and purchased cotton webbing for the straps. I used leftover fabric for another one, buying fat quarters for the lining and using more leftover fabric to make a pocket on the inside.
    18. Deb
      Monday, May 4th, 2015
      What seam width did you use on side seams?
      Thank you!
    19. carol
      Sunday, April 26th, 2015
      i am gonna try this bag for my granddaughter love it
    20. Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
      Hola! Me encanto el tutorial del bolso, pero hay no entiendo las medidas! Serà posible alguien me las digas en Centimetros? Para saber las medidas del tote bags POR FAVOR!! Saludos desde Venezuela! ;)
    21. Sunday, March 1st, 2015
      Great tutorial. I was able to do my fist reversible tote only few hour after using my first sewing machine. So thank you very much!
    22. cat
      Friday, February 20th, 2015
      Hi, I love this bag! Thank you for the instructions. A note: There were two bits in the instructions where I think it could have been a little clearer. The piece about sewing at the bottom corners - I flubbed that I think but it still worked - and also how to put the straps in to sew. Mine came out slightly twisted. I can still fix it but that would be helpful to explain a bit better how to lay out the straps between the two layers. Thanks! It is a really functional fun bag.
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      Sunday, February 15th, 2015
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      Monday, December 22nd, 2014
      Thanks for this! Made one today and can't believe how easy it was and how well it turned out! Great bag for the beach, holidays, gifts. Got more fabric cut out for another one tomorrow :)
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      Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
      This tutorial is the best! I love the simplicity of this bag! I normally sew with spandex so this was the first bag I ever made and it looks store bought! I tried my hand at appliqué on the side of the bag too! I'll be telling all my friends about your page!
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      Thursday, November 13th, 2014
      This worked really well. I added a pocket to the front as I had some spare fabric. Your instructions were very clear. Thank you very much for sharing this.
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      Wanted to let you know I made your tote bag and was so very happy with the results. It was super easy and looks very professional. I appliquéd my granddaughter's initial and embroidered her name. Really happy with the results. Thank you for sharing.
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      Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
      How many yards did you purchase to complete this project?
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      Monday, July 28th, 2014
      Thanks for this great tutorial! I am a foster parent and posted your link for people in our community to use. They are making these totes for the foster parents in our county to use as simple diaper bags for the weekly bio family visits and when children come into care with nothing. This has been an easy tote that really helps the foster families and gives people a way to help when they are unable to foster themselves. Several other counties have borrowed the idea and are sharing your link in their area. Your totes are helping foster families across Arkansas. Thanks!!!
    33. ReRe Walsh
      Thursday, June 26th, 2014
      I absolutely LOVE this pattern. To date I have made over 100 bags using this pattern and given them all away as gifts. Have 7 more in the works. Thank you very much for an easy pattern to follow. The pics were extremely helpful.
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      Thanks for the great tutorial! I have made several ones now for teachers and the like as Christmas pressies using your pattern, so thanks heaps! Sasha :)
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      Thursday, April 10th, 2014
      Help! I'd like to make some totebags to help you meet your goal of 100 by May, 2014. I have the pattern but lost the the simple steps you listed for getting the bags to you....most importantly, I don't have mailing address. I hope you can email that information to me. A blog search didn't generate the info I needed. This will be a great way to whittle down my stash and help a worthy cause. And its wonderful that you continue to stay healthy. Yeah!

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      Thank you for a fantastic tutorial! I found it so easy to follow and am really pleased with the result. I'll link back to you in my blog when I post tomorrow :)
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      Thursday, February 27th, 2014
      Second time using this tutorial for birthday presents for my children's classmates and this time I am making an extra for my daughter's birthday as she's been so thrilled with giving them as gifts. We reside remotely overseas so running to the store for a last minute birthday gift can be a daunting proposition - thank you for giving me such a great alternative!
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      Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
      hice una bolsa chica para practicar y me ha quedado linda, ahora voy hacer una grande , gracias es un tutorial muy facil
    44. Nena
      Saturday, February 15th, 2014
      Great tutorial! Easy to follow and quick. I made this for my grandson last week and it came out great! I would strongly suggest using a lightweight fusible interfacing on both the lining and the outer fabric and both straps to give this more structure and durability. Just cut the fusible 1/4 inch smaller than the fabric to avoid seam bulkiness. Using the fusible gives it a nice crisp finish and then the bag can hold more weight. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Love it!
    45. Holli
      Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
      Hello, I wanted to know if it would be okay to make totes to sell from this lovely tutorial. I cannot find a policy page anywhere.
      Regards.
      • Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
        Yes, Holli. If you post about them please link back to the tutorial. Thanks so much!
    46. Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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    47. Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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      Monday, January 20th, 2014
      I just made this and boy was I impressed at the finished result! I just received my 1st sewing machine for Christmas and this was only my 2nd sewing project I've completed. (The first was a simple pillow.) My bag is not perfect by any means, but both my husband and I were impressed that 1. I completed the bag in around 2 hrs, and 2. the bag turned out pretty good! Thank you for offering a project that has given me the confidence to keep on sewing!
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      Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
      Used this tutorial today and had a blast. First craft project in a long while.

      My bag: http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4344/8ihd.jpg
    74. Adrienne Latimer
      Saturday, September 21st, 2013
      Made this just this morning for a last minute birthday gift! Our little giftee loves animals and princesses, so reversible was perfect. Farm animals on one side and princess-kitty-unicorn on the other! Very easy. I used cotton handles you can buy by the yard. Can't wait to give it to her!
    75. Wendy Verdon
      Friday, September 20th, 2013
      This is such a cute and easy tutorial. Very good. My 11 yr old is learning to sew and she did everything but put the two together. THank you!
    76. LDA
      Monday, September 16th, 2013
      I have just started sewing with a machine and will be giving this a try, it looks pretty simple. Thank you so much for sharing!
    77. Tina
      Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      I made this tonight and just sent you two pics (from my gmail email address). I hope you like it - Your tutorial was very easy to follow and very quick to sew. It will be my "go-to" tote bag pattern from now on! Thank you! You have inspired me and I can't wait to make some more for gifts (Christmas is coming up soon)!
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      Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      I just finished a bag for my daughter (my third child) for her first year at preschool. The instructions were clear and the pictures made it even easier to follow. Thank you! My sweet girl will adore this bag!
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      Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
      I've made two of these bags for different purposes and thus made them different sizes. I love how cute and simple they are. Thanks so much for sharing!!
    84. Jennifer
      Monday, July 29th, 2013
      What are the final measurements of the bag?
    85. Valerie
      Sunday, July 28th, 2013
      I've been hoarding this Laura Ashley material for years because I'm not very good at sewing. This afternoon I made not one, but two tote bags. I will give one to my daughter. I'm feeling very pleased with myself and can't wait to tackle something else. I'm a late starter - 76 years old and still in the babies class for sewing!
    86. Maggie
      Saturday, July 27th, 2013
      Love this. I'm a sewing novice, and I used this tutorial to make 8 small totes for the little girls on my Christmas list. I used ribbon (flamed on the ends) for the straps. Made life even easier. Thanks so much! They are adorable and gave me no issue!
    87. Lauren
      Friday, July 26th, 2013
      Hey gal, just wanted to share my tote with you! GREAT tutorial :) So easy, even I could follow it ;) Keep up the good work!

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      • Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
        Thank you for sharing your fabulous bags and taking time to tell me the tutorial helped you! You are so sweet! I love your bags. Happy Sewing and thank you for reading.
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    89. Monday, July 22nd, 2013
      Oh what an adorable tote and you made it look so easy to make!!
    90. Barbie
      Sunday, July 21st, 2013
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    91. Friday, July 19th, 2013
      I'm not a big sewer, but this looks doable. My boys need new totes for library books, and this bag looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!
    92. M Oakley
      Monday, July 8th, 2013
      I'm new to sewing and this was my first project after making countless envelope cushions! I was a little daunted by the prospect of a lining and also wondered if my sewing would be good enough to produce neat straps. However, I took my time with the cutting and pressing and everything turned out pristine. I would encourage anyone to have a go at making this. Working through the instructions is a breeze! As always, it's nine tenths preparation. Do that part right and you can't go far wrong.
    93. Lyn Spencer
      Thursday, July 4th, 2013
      I made a pile of these bags last year for Operation Christmas Child, mad from sale priced fabrics, and leftover curtain fabric I already had. I even added a pocket if I had enough matching fabric.They were fantastic. Thank you so much for very easy to follow instructions. Most appreciated.
    94. D Lynn
      Monday, June 24th, 2013
      Thanks for a very easy to understand tutorial with great photos. I've made three of these, and am finishing up my fourth one today. I make pockets on the outside of each piece which adds some function and dimension. I've sewn all my life, but still struggle with measuring and cutting. This project is very forgiving, though! Thanks again!
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    96. Raeanne
      Thursday, June 20th, 2013
      Thank you so much for sharing! This made a great Mother's Day gift! Very easy to follow =]
    97. Helen
      Friday, June 14th, 2013
      Thank you!
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      Thank you again, the tutorial was perfect and gave me the confidence to make my own bag.
      • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
        Oh Helen, Thank you so very much for commenting! It makes me feel so good you were able to make a tote1
    98. Amy and Jam
      Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
      Hi! This simple pattern has been fantastic to make, me and my mum have made a few now of various sizes and shapes and are currently making one for my grandma for her birthday! Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial, great work!

      Amy
    99. Rebecca Miles
      Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
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    100. Cindy
      Thursday, May 30th, 2013
      This has become my favorite thing to make and give as a gift! I use deco fabric from JoAnn's, half yard each of two coordinating fabrics. I cut four inches off the top for the straps (making them a little shorter) and use the remaining fabric for the bag, so very little waste (except for the extra four inches from the other fabric, could make a small pocket?). I make the bottom wider by sewing three to four inches on the pinch. I've even made little "gift" bags with single handles made from lighter weight material to put the big bag in when I give it as a gift. I'm so glad I found this tutorial!
    101. Kathy E.
      Sunday, May 19th, 2013
      I used your awesome tutorial this afternoon to make a child-size tote for a friend's grand-daughter. I added a coordiating fabric to make a band across the top, embroidered her name on it and put a pocket on the back. It is just adorable! Thanks for making this so easy!( I'll send a photo if you tell me where to send it.)
    102. Angela
      Saturday, May 4th, 2013
      Have just made the tote bag so pleased with the easy instructions.I am new to sewing and this is my first achievement with my new sewing machine!
      I will be making some more for gifts.Thank you so much.

      Love Angela x
      • Saturday, May 4th, 2013
        That makes me so happy Angela!
    103. Saturday, April 27th, 2013
      I love this, thanks so much. First time I tried it I put the inside in the wrong way round... then I left the straps outside rather than inside, resulting in them behind hidden when the bag was the right way round,hehe. Managed it in the end, just need to work on improving my shabby sewing!
    104. Jan
      Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
      Your tutorial was awesome! I've made 7 of them and everyone loves them. It's so nice to give a gift in a personalized tote bag (and good for the environment!). The only thing I add is a pocket or two to both outside and lining. Thanks!!
    105. Claire
      Sunday, April 7th, 2013
      I'm fairly new to sewing, but had some fabric that I particularly wanted to make a bag with. I've made it today, and am really pleased with how it turned out. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself! Your instructions were straightforward and easy to follow, thanks very much for your post.
    106. Christine
      Saturday, April 6th, 2013
      I have just completed a bag as per your tutorial and am thrilled with it. I have made simple bags in the past but your method was much simpler and very professional looking! Thank you.
    107. rebecca
      Monday, March 25th, 2013
      I am a beginner sewer i was really excited to try this,unfortunately i didt fully understand the part where you have to construct the straps and stitch top of bag,i stiched all the way round thing the small gap left for turning was the only opening needed,
    108. Karen
      Monday, March 18th, 2013
      I made this bag with iron on stiffener on the wrong side of the outside layer (front and back) notching out the lower corners of the stiffener for the diagonal bottom corner stitching so it wouldn't be too bulky. Came out great - thank you!
    109. Rachael
      Sunday, March 17th, 2013
      Just wanted to say that I have just made this bag and I am sooooo pleased with it. Your instructions were excellent, so clear and easy to follow. Thank you from across the seas in Belgium.
    110. Friday, March 15th, 2013
      Well I've done it! Thanks to your fabulous instructions! I'm thrilled to bits with my pink tote bag. It's a small one. I adjusted the sizes. I love it! Thankyou so much!
    111. Friday, March 15th, 2013
      Thankyou for these wonderful instructions and photos! I am making this bag my first project with my new little sewing machine! I am a beginner so fingers crossed! I will let you know how I get on. It may take a while!!!
    112. lindsay
      Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
      I just bought my first sewing machine on the weekend. I'm going to try this when I get home. My first project!! Thanks so much for providing a free, easy pattern for beginners. You rule!
    113. Thursday, March 7th, 2013
      Thank you so much for this tutorial. It popped up first during my Google search and was exactly what I was looking for.

      Betty Love
    114. Staci
      Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
      Just made the bag...it is awesome. Thank you for sharing!
    115. Mary Ann
      Monday, February 18th, 2013
      I am new at sewing and came across your adorable tote bag. I understand everything except where to leave the opening to turn the bag inside out. Do they have a sewing for idiots book? lol I wonder if you could explain that part one more time.

      And if I were to put a batting liner, to make it sturdier, does that get sewed to the liner. In other words the outside of the bag gets sewn good sides facing each other, the liner is also good facing each other....where do i put and sew the batting? LOL

      Sorry to bother you. I understand if you can't help me. I should have picked an easier hobby. LOL
      Mary Ann
    116. Sunday, February 10th, 2013
      This is amazing and So very easy to understand thank u! I havé made to today ,i cant see to stop you can check it out here http://mymusecomesandgoes.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/diy-tote-bag/


      Happy sunday
    117. Proud Momma
      Monday, February 4th, 2013
      I am going to use this tutorial today. My daughter is making first night bags for foster kids for her senior project. This tote is perfect. Thank you so much for giving us a place to go.
    118. Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
      Nice work...i wanna try at home..
      tokoabdullahonline.blogspot.com
    119. Linda
      Sunday, January 27th, 2013
      Very cute and easy to make. The possibilities are endless to create your own unique and one of kind tote!!!
    120. Saturday, January 19th, 2013
      Thank you SO very much for this wonderful tutorial. I started a Bible study that has a lot of materials and 'homework' and needed something to keep them contained. I ran across you tutorial and it couldn't have been more perfect. I love the wonderful pictures and the instructions were spot on. Thank you, thank you!!! I was the perfect morning project.

      Here is a picture of it for you...
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/23692140@N04/8392540997/
      • Sunday, January 20th, 2013
        Your bag is totally adorable! Thank you for sharing it with me. Love it.
    121. christine
      Friday, January 18th, 2013
      Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial.as beginner this is exactly what i need...hope can make this bag "successfull"..wish me luck:-)
    122. Nancy
      Monday, January 14th, 2013
      Thank you so much for the tutorial. It was easy to follow and my bag turned out very cute.
    123. Monday, January 14th, 2013
      I'm not much of a 3-dimensional sewer (I can sew a baby quilt because it's 2-dimensions). Your tutorial was so easy. I used it to make hula fabric bags for my daughter's hula halau. You can see how they turned out here: http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/01/hula-fabric-bags.html.
      Thanks for your tutorial and help!
    124. Saturday, January 12th, 2013
      Thanks So Much- my bag turned out great!
    125. Anna
      Saturday, January 12th, 2013
      Thank you much! I've been on the brink of buying a cute chevron tote on etsy. I used your tutorial and whipped up my own yesterday. I cut my fabric 14in x 18in to make a little bigger and used webbing for handles instead of fabric. I also appliqued a burlap "a" on it. What awesome instructions! Thank you!
    126. Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
      I made one of these this week end for my daughter (we added a simple patch pocket to the front, as well). I was a little hesitant, but this tutorial is so easy to follow. The end result is simply darling! (
    127. Jennifer
      Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
      I LOVE this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing. I am new to sewing, and I found this very easy to follow. I will be making many more of these in the future. :-)
    128. Betsy
      Saturday, December 29th, 2012
      Thank you for this fantastic tutorial!!! It was EXTREMELY easy to follow and the tote bag turned out great. Thank you.
    129. negar
      Friday, December 28th, 2012
      many tnx that was so easy :)
    130. Monday, December 24th, 2012
      Wow, this was a godsend. After initially resisting making crafty gifts for Christmas, I decided last minute to make some goodies for the girls in the family, and needed something quick and cute. This is PERFECT. Thank you so much for helping me to get over my Grinchyness. This will be my go-to quickie bag from now on!
    131. Monasmiles
      Saturday, December 15th, 2012
      For those wondering about the "pinch corners together" part... What you want to do is create a "gusset" at the bottom of the bag to make a flat bottom. Just take a good look at the picture on step #5. It shows it more than step #4 for beginners. Just feel confident and see what she's done. Take your hand inside the bottom corner to be sure your layers are together, then turn it so the bottom seam is facing you and is centered in the fabric as you look at it. Do you see how it makes a point? It should look like what you see on image #4. Now, simply sew that line as she shows you, and you will have a nice flat bottom to your bag. If you still cannot see it, I would recommend examining one at a discount store and seeing what one looks like ready made, so you can get a better idea... it is a little tricky to describe.I warn you this will be addictive! I'm making one now that is quilted and has little pockets for pens and cell phone, etc. You'll be doing that soon with tutorials like this! Very well made tutorial! :D
    132. Lenina Crowne
      Thursday, December 13th, 2012
      Hi! I just made this totebag, I'm very happy with the result! Thank you for this tutorial :D
    133. Barbara
      Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
      Great tutorial! Thank you so much!

      Katy, with the pinching of the corners, I took that to mean we need to bring the side seam to the bottom seam at the corners in order to make the bottom of the bag flatish. The 'pinching' pulls out the fabric between and makes those triangles. I hope I didn't make it more confusing...
    134. Karla
      Saturday, December 8th, 2012
      Awesome!!! I wanted to make a little back to hold my niece's new nook. This was perfect (with some size adjustments). I also added a button to help keep the tote closed. Thanks so much!
    135. neda
      Friday, December 7th, 2012
      so thanks.
      its very nice and beautiful.
      i want to sew for my mom!
    136. Katy
      Friday, December 7th, 2012
      I really like this bag but I am struggling with the bottom corners and what you mean when you say to pinch in the corners. Any chance anyone could clarify or explaing further what this means. Must just be me not quite understanding what I am trying to do.

      Thanks
    137. Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
      Great tutorial! I just whipped up one of these bags in 30 minutes. I will use it as a gift bag for a baby quilt I just finished. Thanks!
    138. cloudsurfer247
      Sunday, November 18th, 2012
      Thank you so much for you great tutorial. I made 4 of these this weekend and I plan to make more for Christmas. Keep up the good work!!
    139. Sunday, November 11th, 2012
      Adorable! I've been on a "de-stashing" kick lately, and was looking for an easy way to use up some of my fabric collection. I love this. So simple and quick and easily modified. Thank you!
    140. marella
      Saturday, November 10th, 2012
      So I am going to attempt to make this bag today as my first real sewing project but I a having trouble conceptualizing step #3. Does this basically just mean fold the corner over on itself? Also what is a top stitch? Is that like a regular stitch? Any clarification is appreciated. Thanks!
    141. patti keil
      Friday, November 9th, 2012
      Great,easy instructions for such a cute and functional bag. This will be perfect to use up some fabric I have taking up space in my craft closet. Thinking of making a bunch of these in various sizes throughout the year and selling them at our church craft boutique. Thanks so much for sharing!
    142. minda
      Thursday, November 8th, 2012
      Hi. So can you explain the "pinch corners together" step a bit more? I'm just not understanding that one. Looks like a great project.
    143. Monday, November 5th, 2012
      Hi, I made my first tote bag last night and posted the result on my blog at carolyncrowndesigns.wordpress.com. Thanks so much for the tutorial. All the pictures were really helpful!
    144. Patricia Smith
      Sunday, October 28th, 2012
      I love the bag...Mine turned out perfect except for those bottom corners...I just can't seem to get mine to do right...any suggestions?
    145. Eloise
      Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
      Thank you so much! Fantastic tutorial - I love all the pictures. I finished my first bag today; it looks really great. One suggestion I'd make is to cut the excess fabric off the bottom corners after you've completed Step 4 - just to reduce the bulkiness in the corners a little.
    146. Sue D.
      Sunday, October 21st, 2012
      Great step by step directions!
    147. Laura
      Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
      Wow - great tutorial! I made my very first totebag last night and was so imrpressed with how it came out. Your tutorial was very easy to follow and very precise. I can't wait to make my next one! Thank you!
    148. Holly
      Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
      Wow! What clear, concise directions!

      Now I feel confident to make some totes.
      I've seen cute ones made with oilcloth, feedsacks, etc.
      and lined with fabric.

      Thank you!
    149. Thursday, October 11th, 2012
      I've just added this to my do list! Tutorial is great and fabric choices are beautiful! Found you via Random Thoughts...do or "di"
    150. Thursday, October 11th, 2012
      I made this today in under 3 hours (my first bit of sewing since textiles AS level back in 2005). I did make 2 mistakes (both with where to put the straps), but that was down to me not reading it properly. Great tutorial, thanks a lot :D
    151. Alison
      Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
      Really easy to follow instructions, I am a total sewing novice and I had a great looking bag in no time despite choosing a suede effect fabric for the outside which wasn't the easiest to work with but it looked great teamed with a floral ditsy print lining....I know what I will be making everyone for Christmas!!
      Thanks vry much for great directions!!
    152. Kate
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      I made my straps 44'' long each. I'm 5'7'' and it doesn't drag on the floor when I walk with it in my hand, and my arm down. I just LOVE this tutorial!!
    153. Kate
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      Thanks so much! Super easy to follow! I will be making this again!
    154. MEL
      Monday, October 1st, 2012
      Thank you so much for your fantastic bag pattern, I just made it and it turned out even better than I expected. Your pattern was so easy to follow one of the easiest I have found and I looked at a lot of different patterns, your amazing!!!
      Loved your choice of fabric too!!!
    155. JamieB
      Sunday, September 30th, 2012
      I just used this as my very first project on my brand new sewing machine! I made mine a little smaller because I was just using some scrap material I picked up to practice on but it tuned out great! Thank you!
    156. Sunday, September 30th, 2012
      Great tutorial..! Never made my own handmade reversible totebag, but looking at your tutorial makes me want to try it..
    157. Karen
      Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
      I just used this tutorial to make a sweet little bag for my friend's grandson. I added him name to the front for an extra touch. The instructions were very clear and I love how the straps are concealed.....Love your site. Thanks a bunch!!!
    158. Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
      Dear Cindy
      You've just helped me solving the mountainhigh problem of how to sew in the straps. Gosh, such a tote bag seems to be so easy - but I surely couldn't have done it without your help. Thank you very, very much.
      Kind and happy greetings from the Frankfurt area in Germany
      Christiane
      • Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
        So happy it helped you Christiane! I used to live outside of Dusseldorf. I love Germany!
    159. Cheryl
      Friday, September 21st, 2012
      Hi, Just wanted to say thanks for the tutorial I signed up for your web site beause the instructions were so clear, High five and I just love the reversable tote bag.
    160. Thursday, September 13th, 2012
      Hello, thank you for this very useful tutorial. I will post the result of following your steps. Thank you!
    161. Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
      Nice post. I worked with it and the outcome was great. Thanks for the great tutorial.
    162. Friday, August 31st, 2012
      Thank you for this tutorial. This was the 1st bag I ever made. I just published a link back to this post from http://notyournormalsteam.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/never-say-never-bags/
    163. Niki
      Monday, August 27th, 2012
      Just made this and it turned out adorable! I modified the pattern slightly to add a pocket to the inside and the outside in the opposite fabrics, and it looks pretty good. Thank you for the well-written and clear tutorial!
    164. Joanne
      Sunday, August 26th, 2012
      Can I get a print version of this bag? my mom does not have a computer
      and would like a copy.
    165. Jamie
      Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
      Love this bag! Just wondering if you could give us the final dimensions of the bag?? Thanks so much! I cannot wait to make a few!
    166. Heather
      Monday, August 20th, 2012
      Hi Cindy:

      I am going to make this pattern for the tote bag. Did you know you have the best and clearest tutorial I have ever seen. And there are a lot out there. Hope this encourages you.

      Thank you by the way.

      Heather
      • Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
        Thanks Heather! Your comment does encourage me!
    167. Shanika Tyler
      Monday, August 20th, 2012
      nevermind I see the instructions
    168. Shanika Tyler
      Monday, August 20th, 2012
      I am wondering how to you turn inside out if the fabric is sew together
    169. Taylor
      Saturday, August 18th, 2012
      I just made this bag and it is my first sewing project - ever! It looks amazing!!! Thank you for the easy-to-follow instructions!!
    170. Karen
      Thursday, August 16th, 2012
      This is one of the best tote bag tutorials I've seen.
    171. Britney
      Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
      I am brand new to sewing but would love to try this because you make it look so easy! However, I was wondering what type of fabric you used and how much you would recommend me getting from the craft store? Thanks so much!
    172. Marie B
      Monday, August 13th, 2012
      I agree! Great, easy tutorial and I'm new to sewing and this is actually something I can do! I'm most excited about learning an easy way to make the handles! They always bum me out! Thanks!
    173. Thursday, August 9th, 2012
      I used your tutorial and thought it was great! I have started posting "Terrific Tutorials" and yours was the first. It was so easy to use and my bag turned out great. I am very proud of it so I had to show it off!
    174. Sara Elizabeth
      Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
      Wow. I JUST started sewing last week by making two fun pillows. So this is my third-ever project. It was SUPER easy. My top-stitching isn't so brilliant, but I love it all the same. I used a colorful pattern on the outside and a bright blue on the inside. I'm a law student, and my aim was to make this bag to carry one law book and one notebook. Well, unfortunately we have huge books and this bag just isn't big enough. I guess I'll have to make another one! :)
    175. Betty
      Saturday, July 28th, 2012
      Wish I had seen this site before I spent many hours using a bag pattern I found in a magazine. This is a much more user friendly pattern and technique with a great looking finished tote. I look forward to making several!
    176. chywhite
      Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
      Thank you very much,i really enjoy the pattern is nice and i'm gonna try it now. thanks so much.
    177. Monday, July 9th, 2012
      Thank you for sharing! I've been looking for something like this to make a basket liner for my beach cruiser, that I can take out when I'm going in somewhere. This is perfect so I can take my basket measurements and make a liner that fits and converts to a bag! Thanks again!!
    178. Sunday, July 8th, 2012
      THANK YOU!! This tutorial is wonderful and I am SO happy with the way my bag turned out:)
    179. Patricia
      Friday, June 29th, 2012
      Thank you so much! That's very generous of you to share this.
      It made the process much easier and quick.
      All the best!
    180. johanna
      Friday, June 29th, 2012
      Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have just finished my first bag ever, in fact this was my first own sewing experience. Fantastic bag. :-)
    181. Jane C.
      Sunday, June 24th, 2012
      I just made 2 bags for a friend's granddaughters aged 4 and 2 (not having any myself!), adjusting the size downwards for the 2 year old. I quilted the outside fabric with some cotton wadding, added pockets inside and out and embellished them with ribbon trims and buttons. I also slightly stiffened the straps with iron on interfacing. I think they look great - hope the girls will love them too. Many thanks for the tutorial. I rather fancy having a go at the crayon roll next.....
    182. Emma
      Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
      Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's so straightforward and easy to follow! I love the finished product too! :)
    183. Catherine
      Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
      Fianlly got the bag correct and I love it!! Now I am going to make 5 more for my bridesmaids, but going to add a pocket and a closing feature!
      Thanks soo much for this tutorial!!
    184. Monday, June 11th, 2012
      Method of sewing fabric portfolio for mobile
    185. Christine
      Sunday, June 10th, 2012
      Made this for my sister's birthday. WalMart had a lot of material on clearance for $2 a yard. I added heavy iron on interfacing on all pieces. put of piece of corrugated plastic (Lowe's) in the bottom and embroidered her initial on the outside and inside. Now it is does not collapse. Cute, Cute, Cute. Thanks for easy instructions!!
    186. Catherine
      Sunday, June 10th, 2012
      So far I love the tutorial! Everything turns out beautiful until # 7. I am very new to sewing and would love to make this bag for my daughter. When I get to the turning of #8 the top is sewn shut. My tips on what i am doing wrong. For number 7 do you sew arounf the bag to close the top or stitch right across all 4 pieces of the bag? Thanks!
    187. Sunday, June 10th, 2012
      very nice
      thank you so much
    188. Sunday, June 10th, 2012
      I just wanted you to know that I found your site a month ago or so when I was going to make a reversible bag and needed some guidance. I made one and LOVE it thanks to your pattern. Today I came back to your site to make another one! I love it even more! Both the bags I've made I made the handles longer and on the sides to make them sling bags but thanks to your great instructions the bags look great! THANKS!
    189. Rachel
      Thursday, June 7th, 2012
      Thank you for this brilliant tutorial! I'm a beginner at sewing and wanted an easy bag pattern. This fits the bill to a tee! I've made 2 up to now. They don't take too long to make, a project for a rainy afternoon.
      Thank you once again!!
    190. Anna
      Friday, June 1st, 2012
      Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I'm a beginner at sewing and you made this very easy for me. I am SO happy with my bag! It only took me about an hour to make the whole thing. It's beyond adorable!!!
    191. Bev
      Monday, May 28th, 2012
      I just finished making 2 totes for my pre-school age grandsons, using "boy fabrics" of course. They are preparing to move to a new city and I thought it would be great if they each had a "travel bag" to put all their prized possessions (cars and trucks) into, along with some treat, crayons, books, etc. to keep them busy during the move. The tote bags turned out really cute and the boys loved them! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.
    192. Kathy
      Saturday, May 26th, 2012
      Such a great tutorial. Very well eplained and the photos are wonderful!!! I'm going to make one of these cute totes for my neice. Thank you so much for sharing!
    193. Catherine
      Monday, May 21st, 2012
      Hello,
      I recently(yesterday) found your tote bag on the internet. I got excited about them because I want to make a tote for my bridesmaids. I had some extra fabric so I decided to try it torday. Well, I am stuck on Step 5. Maybe I am a little slow but I dont know for the step if i am suppost to turn one with the patterns on the outside then stick it in the one you do not turn over yet. Or am I suppost to place a unturned (pattern on the inside) piece inside the other. If you can please get back to me when you have a chance.

      Thank You,
      Catherine
    194. Friday, May 18th, 2012
      Thanks for posting this tutorial. This is the first bag I've ever made. The instructions were clear enough for a beginner like me. Thanks again!
    195. Myr
      Thursday, May 17th, 2012
      Thanks a lot. It is very clear!
    196. Saturday, May 5th, 2012
      Thank you so much for your tutorial, i found the step by step (with pictures ) so easy and clear. I will try the zipped purse next x
    197. Saturday, April 28th, 2012
      I have just made one of these bags from oil cloth with a fabric lining. I wasn;'t able to do the turn out like you said but with a bit of patience, it's all gone together beautifully and I love it! Picture this: Navy blue oil cloth with white spots lined with cerise fabric with white spots! It looks brilliant! xxxx
    198. Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
      Hey I was hoping you would give me your honest opinion and check out my bags on http://bagsunique.ie
      and share my facebook page with friends.
      https://www.facebook.com/BagsUnique.ie
      Let me know what you think?
      Thanks
    199. matilda
      Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
      i am 11 and am looking for a present to make for my mum and the tote bag is so beautiful! i do love to sew and this is a great idea!

      from Matilda
    200. Chandra
      Friday, April 20th, 2012
      Hi! Thank you for the tote bag! You have provided easy to follow instructions with wonderful and clear photos. I really appreciate the instruction. I am new to the sewing world. You have made this so easy. Thank you very much!
    201. lynndex
      Friday, April 20th, 2012
      This was so much fun to make! I am a nocvice sewer and had no problem at all except for the fact that I made the bag much bigger (18" across the bottom and 15" up the sides with straps long enough to be slung across the chest) and followed the instructions to leave a 2/3" hole to turn the bag out. Well, I had SUCH a challennge getting all that fabric through that tiny hole! Next time I will leave a 3" opoening. I can't wait to make my next one! Thank you!!
    202. hera
      Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
      made mine today! thank you for the tute!
    203. Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
      Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I found it on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it out. I'm just learning how to sew and still managed to make this successfully thanks to your clear instructions. I can't wait to try some of your other tutorials now! I'm thinking maybe the lined, zippered pouch next. I put some pictures of my finished bag on my blog if you'd like to see it. Thanks again for all the work you put into these tutorials. It makes it so much easier for a newbie like me to learn some skills without having to invest in a mountain of books (and probably still be lost).
    204. jenny mulder
      Saturday, April 14th, 2012
      Thank you for the great bag tutorial! Just made a bag as a gift for a paris themed birthday party and it turned out quite cute! Thank you so very much!
    205. sue
      Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
      This is the best tote bag instruction, thank you so much for the simplicity you made it such a pleasure to make,
    206. Karen
      Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
      I made 15 of these for my daughter to give as gifts to bridesmaids etc. at her wedding. She loved that they were in her colors and was something unique for her special people. It was so popular that my niece also asked for 10 for her wedding. My daughter does a lot of traveling and uses them to sort her clothes, make-up, undies etc. in her suit case. She actually puts whole outfits that she has to wear in a bag. I am visiting her and am making some more and forgot my notes which I need as it has been a couple years. I really appreciated finding your web site so I could review the layering technique with the lining and handles! THANKS
    207. Lucy
      Sunday, April 8th, 2012
      Thanks very much for this tutorial. It's really easy to follow. I've used it 3 times now to make bags for birthday gifts. Thanks!
    208. Kirsty
      Friday, April 6th, 2012
      Hi...
      I just love this tutorial. I have just finished my second one as gifts for a couple of little girls that are coming for a sleepover from my daughters 8th birthday. Just 3 more to go now.

      Thanks for such a great site.!!
    209. Rose
      Thursday, April 5th, 2012
      Do you have instructions for easy tote/purse with zipper and pcckets. If so would love to get that as well. This tutorial was very helpful. Thanks so much!!
      Rose
    210. Sara
      Saturday, March 31st, 2012
      Thank you for your tutorial! The bag came out really well. It's my first sewing project I've ever done. I finally got around to using the machine I've had for years and also use some old table linens. I'm still not quite sure I did the corners right, but it looks okay to me!
    211. Sue
      Friday, March 30th, 2012
      Hi...loved your bag!!! Very very simple and turns out just Greaet!!! I have been cutting out a bunch as I am part of a group of ladies who make items for the community. We will be filling these bags with necessities and treats for ladies who are much in need at christmas!!! Thanks so much!
    212. FCJ
      Monday, March 12th, 2012
      Your tutorial was very easy to follow. From cutting to sewing it took me under 2 hours to make using a very sturdy material. I'm going to change the dimensions to make the tote larger and replace all my shopping bags.

      I always iron along the way and found it helpful especially when lining up the seams to make the corners for the bottom. Thanks so much!
    213. zac'smom
      Saturday, March 10th, 2012
      Made this VERY CUTE bag this evening- I could not be more excited about how cute it turned out and how quickly I was able to put it together! New to sewing, but very inspired by this turning out so adorable! Thanks!
    214. Saturday, March 10th, 2012
      thanx a lot for this gorgeous tutorial!

      it was very helpful and made it so easy!

      hugs and kisses from germany,
      silvi xoxo
    215. Monday, February 27th, 2012
      I just wanted to say thank you for this tute!!!! I saw this on You Tube and it was so confusing, and each segment lasted about a minute and could not find the next step to work on....I was so upset and liked it so. Well, now I see this and u did a great job and cannot wait to do it now. Going to make a quick tote for a lady that loves dogs and retiring and she will be able to take it to the dog shows and all. Thank you so much for doing a great job here and so great.....It is people like you that make it great to be a quilter and able to share!!!!!
    216. Emma
      Friday, February 24th, 2012
      Love this! Made mine today and was very easy to follow. Thanks very much :)
    217. teck
      Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
      Thanks for showing how to sew this bag, the instruction was clear
    218. staci
      Friday, February 17th, 2012
      Yes, what Sara says is correct!

      Also, I find ironing them before measuring/stitching to be extremely helpful. Actually, although some people find it annoying to do it, I find ironing almost every step of every project to be invaluable as it produces a very professional, polished looking end product.

      To make the bottom even, once you're lined up the seams and ironed the corners, measure up from the point to 1.5 inches (for this tutorial) and draw a line (where you'll stitch) and use the same measurement on each corner of the outside and the lining.

      I found this tutorial to be so easy and the finished product is excellent! (I'm a novice sewer, btw)
    219. Sara
      Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
      I find that lining up the seams works for me.
    220. Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
      I have been on a bag-making binge lately - bulk food bags, tote bags, bags to hold bulk food bags, etc. The tote I made last week had a different construction for making the bottom dimensional (and probably wouldn't work as nicely if a lined one), and when I found your tute I thought I'd try it this way too- options are good! Love the cute fabric you used, by the way. Yes, it is certainly an easy bag, but there was one part that was annoyingly fiddly & time-consuming, and that was where you "simply" pinch the corner so you can sew across it to make the box shape at the bottom. Is there some magic way to do this simply & accurately? I'm pretty good with fiddly little things, but this just seemed to be harder that I thought it should be, to get it nice & flat AND symmetrical, before stitching across. Any tips? Or is it simple practice? In the end I was quite pleased with my bag, but I would love if that step had some tricks to make it easier. Thanks!
    221. darya
      Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
      can you sugest any fabrics?
    222. darya
      Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
      what fabric did you use?
    223. Marj
      Sunday, February 5th, 2012
      I LOVE this project! I agree with everyone else that the instructions were very easy to follow, and the completed project is terrific! Very easy and quick, and so customizable.

      For one bag, I added a strip of fabric to one side and sewed up 2 parts to make a 3 piece pocket. This works as an outside pocket on one side, and if reversed it becomes an inside pocket. I'm giving this as a gardening bag, and wanted a pocket to help hold some tools. Here's a link to a picture of this bag: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-yuPcqLoFuKY/Ty65mxlnqHI/AAAAAAAAA3o/5CU02fnI9i0/s640/gardenbag.JPG

      Another bag I did was for my daughter, who loves pink. Thought she could use this for books, or toting small amounts of groceries, etc. I added a couple of pieces of ribbon and a pretty buckle clasp - as decoration, as well as a way to sort of close the top of the bag. This works on both sides of the bag - just flip it to the opposite side and run one side of the ribbon over the center of the clasp to secure. Here's a link to a pic of that bag: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Wr62F1-d8vA/Ty65nWS2YII/AAAAAAAAA3s/gJebNvCM7-U/s640/jensbag.JPG

      I know I will be using this pattern more. Thanks so much creating and posting this :^)
    224. Lisa
      Friday, February 3rd, 2012
      What a fantastic tutorial, so easy to follow, with wonderful results. I am very new to sewing, but really enjoyed making this bag, will be making lots more - Thank you for posting this tutorial
    225. Stephanie
      Monday, January 30th, 2012
      Loved this - easy to make. I changed it by using an old fabric belt for the handle, and making it run from seam to seam as a long over the shoulder type one.
    226. Monday, January 23rd, 2012
      I love this! Just learning how to sew and this looks like something I might be able to do on my own, thank you so much for sharing. =)
    227. Rachel Z
      Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
      I am 16 and I have probably only used a sewing machine 5 times in my life. This bag was so easy to make!!! I made it for a bag for my school books and it looks GREAT! Instead of 13 1/2 by 14 inch rectangles I did 20 by 17 inch rectangles and a 2 inch corner stitch. I also only did one long strap which I attached at the side seems. I love it and I think I will be using this for Christmas presents this coming year!!! Also, (to anyone who doesn't sew very often) I couldn't really wrap my head around the concepts from step to step at first but I did exactly as it said I didn't mess up once. They really are easy step to step instruction.
    228. Lea Coppage
      Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
      Hello!

      I made three bags recently, and I modified your instructions to account for my mistakes. :-) Here they are; feel free to use them, if you want.

      -- Lea


      You will need:
      2 pieces fabric 14 1/2 inches X 16 inches (outside)
      2 pieces fabric 14 1/2 inches X 16 inches (lining)
      1 piece 4'' X about 44" long, or 2 pieces 4" x 28” long (longer straps)

      The Straps

      1. Press strap fabric in half lengthwise.
      2. Open fabric up and press each outside edge to the center.
      3. Fold fabric in half and press.
      4. Top-stitch down each side of strap close to the edge. Cut fabric in half so you have two straps about 22 inches long each.

      The Bag

      Sew lining fabric right sides together on three sides and also outer fabric right sides together on three sides.

      Pinch bottom corner together and stitch across 1 1/2 inches from corner. Repeat until all four corners have been sewn. Press long sides open.

      Turn lining fabric right side out. Pin straps to right side of lining fabric, matching edges, about 2-3 inches from the side seam. Make sure the straps are oriented the same way.

      Insert lining and straps into outside of bag (which is still inside out). Pin straps and top edge of bag well. Stitch around top of bag 1/2 inch from edge. Leave a 2-3 inch (no less!) opening for turning bag. I usually leave the opening on the side.

      Turn bag inside out. Push lining inside the bag and top stitch all the way around the top of bag. This will close up the opening used for turning.
    229. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
      Just whipped up 3 of these bags today for a new family at our church that has 3 little girls. The mom came up to me after church on Sunday and asked how I got my kids to sit so nicely (she caught them on a good day), I told her that each had a church bag. When I woke up this morning I said to my husband that I wanted to make the girls each a bag...he said that it was a good idea. I used your tutorial over a year ago to make trick or treat bags for my kids. So quick & easy! Thanks!
    230. Fran
      Saturday, January 7th, 2012
      Hi,

      I also made my first bag with your tutorial! Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was very easy with your explaination and pictures! My three little girls ara all waiting for there own now, so I know what tho do with my sewing machine and fabrics! Again, thank you so much!
      Kind regards

      Francesca
    231. Friday, January 6th, 2012
      This was the first project I made with a sewing machine. I'm 48, and my partner got me one for Christmas. (I'd asked for one, after years of watching Project Runway.) Anyway, this seemed doable, and it turned out quite nicely. No one will mistake it for Louis Vuitton, but it's something I could take out in public. Thanks!
    232. Ellen
      Thursday, January 5th, 2012
      Thank you so much for this tutorial! It was so clear and easy to understand, even for a novice sewer like me. I needed a tote bag to lug my books and stuff to school and thought, surely I can make one myself and then after messing up on my own I found this and I did it! Thank you!!!
    233. Cheryl Greenwood
      Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
      Just finished making this tote. What fun , so easy and it turned out great. These make great gifts and now with plastic bags being banned all over the place they are very handy too!!!!!
    234. Sunday, January 1st, 2012
      Hi... I just made two tote bags from your tutorial and I love them. Very easy and simple, the results are so pretty. Both of my girls love their new tote bags. Thank you...! Keep sharing and happy sewing...
    235. Marisa
      Sunday, December 11th, 2011
      Just made my first tote bag today using your tutorial as a guide. It was very easy to follow. Thanks so much!
    236. Sunday, December 11th, 2011
      I love this pattern - I attempted my first tote today and it tote's came out awesome! I changed it around a bit to be able to make use of the fabric I had laying around, let me know what you think! http://elizamiddleton.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/rainy-sundays/#
    237. dayna
      Saturday, December 10th, 2011
      @Sanaya for step #5 you take the 2 peices of fabric that are the same pattern and sew 3 sides. you dont sew the top because that will be the opening of the bag. thats the best i can explain it. im not sure if you cheaking anymore but tried to help good luck
    238. Ciel
      Monday, December 5th, 2011
      Thank you so much for this tutorial. I haven't sewn in awhile and the visauls really help. I'm making bags for my X-mas gifts! Aloha!
    239. Thursday, December 1st, 2011
      excellent instructions...easy and fast...did in an hour!!! i made 20 x 17 bag with 23 inch straps (made of cord) with 2 inch triangle corners. definitely will use this again. thanks!
    240. lululeroux
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      This was so easy. Following the step by step instructions made it very simple. I'm on the second one. Great for Christmas gifts especially since grocery bags are now frowned upon in our city.
    241. Stacy
      Friday, November 25th, 2011
      I just made my first tote and only my second sewing project following these instructions. Turned out great! Your directions were super clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much!
    242. sharon marquardt
      Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
      I am making the reverible tote as your clear, easy instruction convienced me I could do it. I am half way through. Thanks to your site my daughter will be getting xmas this year - homemade. thanks again.
    243. sharon marquardt
      Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
      thank you so much. I was all over the make a tote sites last night and hesitant to make the tote but then I remembered your site which I recently found and whola - there you were with clear, easy instructions for a tote. I am half way through it and it is actually looking soooo nice. Thank you so much as I am making it for my daughter for xmas as well as other items, all making from your site. I appreciate your so clear instructions as I am not talented in this but thought I'd try as funds are short this year and all my items are being homemade from fabric I have on hand and they are looking pretty good so far. thank you so much.
    244. Lou
      Thursday, November 17th, 2011
      Just made this bag. Love this tutorial and all the others. Thank you for sharing your talents.
    245. Sunday, November 13th, 2011
      LOVE this tutorial ! Sew very easy to follow , I am planning on making several for gifts.
    246. NIKKI
      Thursday, November 10th, 2011
      Just made my first bag, not only was it easy but it was also fun to do... Thank you for the simple instructions
    247. Andrea Wong
      Sunday, November 6th, 2011
      Wow I have already made two of these. The only thing I did was add a ruffled pocket (inspired by Mommy by Day Crafter by Night: http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/08/ruffled-tote-tutorial.html). Your instructions were perfect to follow with all the pictures needed to understand what to do. You just saved me an entire sewing class! Thank you!
    248. Friday, November 4th, 2011
      I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I'm quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!
    249. Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
      I just finished this bag yesterday. Thanks for the easy to understand instructions. My bag is so cute, my boyfriend didn't know that I made it myself when I showed him. I just started sewing and this is my second bag, but aside from the fact that my lining was a teensy big larger than the outside bag, it came out really well! Thank you thank you thank you! I can't wait to make this again (and cut better the next time)!

      Here's my bag: http://aimlessknitter.com/2011/10/reversible-tote-bag/
    250. Monday, October 10th, 2011
      http://buffaloeggs.blogspot.com/2011/10/nap-time-crafting-trick-or-treat-bags.html
      Here is my version of your bag. Thanks again for taking the time to write this tutorial.
    251. Alyssa
      Monday, October 10th, 2011
      Hello, Just wanted to say thank you so much for this tutorial! I found this post over a year ago and didn't think I was good enough to give it a shot an make it look good, but tonight I finally gave it a shot. I made a trick or treat bag for my daughter. It has a few mishaps but still looks nice. Tomorrow night I'm going to make another one for my son! I have so many plans for more bags with different prints! <3<3<3 Thank You!
      • Monday, October 10th, 2011
        I am so glad you are having success! Enjoy.
    252. Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
      How to bag a big bag with inside pockets, zipper, step by step?

      I'm from Brazil and I don't speak English very well.

      Thank you for your attention.
    253. lorna
      Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
      Have just made 3 bags for Christmas presents, thankyou so much they look really great. The material I got in a charity shop for £1.50 and the lining I paid 50p. I loved making them as I've just got a new sewing machine and need the practise.
    254. Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
      Thank you for sharing this tutorial.! It is very well written and easy to follow. I am using it to make customized trick-or-treat bags for my son's friends. I will link to your tutorial when I blog my project.
    255. Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
      Loving your choice of fabric. It's such a happy looking fabric.
    256. Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
      First of all, love the pattern that you used. Just looking at it made me smile. Second, this tutorial is so easy to follow, it's awesome. Thanks for this.
    257. Sanaya
      Monday, September 26th, 2011
      Hi, I'm new to sewing and I'm still a little unsure of how to do things but I love this bag and I'm trying to make it. I've reached step 4 but I'm a bit stuck on step 5. How do I place the 2 fabrics one inside the other (should both be inside out?) and how do I sew the seam (the one with the handles attached) so that the seam goes inside like yours does? Please can someone help me out.
      Thanks.
      My email id is Mehtasanaya@hotmail.com if anyone can give me an idea.
    258. Sanaya
      Monday, September 26th, 2011
      Hi, I really love this bag and I've just begun to sew and so I'm kinda new to this. I've finished upto step 4 but I'm a big stuck on step 5. please can you help me.
    259. Lisa
      Saturday, September 24th, 2011
      Just finished my 1st tote bag with these instructions and it came out great! Actually easy! Great step by step instructions !
    260. Sinea
      Monday, September 19th, 2011
      Love this tutorial. Just wrote a post on my site-Ducks 'n a Row-- about tote bags, back packs for moms, etc and I am definitely sharing this link with my readers. They'll love it!
    261. Sinea
      Monday, September 19th, 2011
      Love this tutorial. Just wrote a post on my site about tote bags, back packs for moms, etc and I am sharing this link with my readers. They'll love it!
    262. Thursday, September 15th, 2011
      trying to find you, can i have your facebook or twitter?
      • Lauraall
        Thursday, September 29th, 2011
        The link is on my blog on the left.
    263. Monday, September 12th, 2011
      I made this bag and my friend did too! I wrote a post about it and linked back to your site. Your site really is amazing. I looked through tons and tons of tote bag tutorials and yours was the easiest to understand. Thanks so much for making this fun! Here's the link to my post http://www.budgetblonde.com/2011/09/simple-sew-easy-reversible-tote-bag.html

      xoxo
      Cat @ Budget Blonde
      • Thursday, September 29th, 2011
        Great job! I love the flower addition.
    264. staci
      Friday, September 9th, 2011
      BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing the best tutorial EVER! You explained this so well, it's now easy for me to understand the inside/outside/lining process :D I've never seen instructions and pictures so clearly written and it inspires confidence that I can do it. I'm looking through fabric stash as soon as I hit submit.
    265. Pattie
      Sunday, September 4th, 2011
      This is the best pattern ever for beginners. I am so excited that my first sewing project turned out so nicely and now I have the confidence to try more.

      Thanks so much!
      Patte
    266. Thursday, September 1st, 2011
      Thank you so much i tried it and will be making a few more (al ready requested by family and friends. i will put up a video post at http://a1brown.blogspot.com ) by tonight
    267. Thursday, September 1st, 2011
      Thank you so much i tried it and will be making a few more (al ready requested by family and friends. i will put up a video post at http://a1brown.blogspot.com ) by tonigh
    268. Christine
      Sunday, August 28th, 2011
      I'm not a crafts kind of girl and this was so incredibly easy to make. Great instructions, and the bags came out so well that all my friends want me to make more for them.

      What a great idea! Thanks for the idea and the clear instructions!
    269. Tracy
      Friday, August 12th, 2011
      This is the first thing I have ever sewn! I went pretty well, except I confused and my lining is showing the wrong side, but I really don't mind. You can't really... I will know what not to do next time! Thanks for the help.... I have many more projects in my future. :) :) :)
    270. Nancy
      Monday, August 8th, 2011
      Great pattern and soooo easy. I made a purple paisley with a solid purple lining... so cute. Plan to make a larger one soon. Thanks so much !
    271. Monday, July 18th, 2011
      Featuring this wonderful post on my "Walk Around Blog-Land" today!
      http://estherscardcreations.blogspot.com/2011/07/walk-around-blog-land-8_18.html
    272. Sunday, July 17th, 2011
      I am curious which blogging and site-building platform you might be running? I'm new to running a blog and have been thinking about using the Tripod platform. Do you consider this is a good foundation to start with? I would be really grateful if I could ask you some questions through email so I can learn a bit more prior to getting started. When you have some free time, please be sure to contact me at: Camire@yahoo.com. Thank you
    273. Abby
      Friday, July 8th, 2011
      I'm getting ready to try this out. My daughter's preschool requires a tote of this kind, but there are size restrictions. Can anyone tell me what the finished size is?
    274. artistchick
      Monday, June 27th, 2011
      I really liked these instructions. They were very clear and concise. Thank you!
    275. Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
      I made one today! Thanks for the instructions!! I cut mine on the fold and made a pocket on the inside.

      http://www.erikajean.com/2011/06/tote.html
    276. Vykinte
      Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
      Hello, I want to make a bigger bag, but I don't know what measures must be there. Can you help me?
    277. Joanne
      Monday, June 20th, 2011
      Thankyou for wonderful instructions. Just made one and i love it!!
    278. Jennifer
      Monday, June 13th, 2011
      Thank you so much for an easy to follow tutorial. I am just learning to sew and this was so easy!! I made a tote for my daughter's teacher and it came out beautiful. I can't wait to make another one :)
    279. Saturday, June 11th, 2011
      Thank-you for these very clear instructions. I have started making these for my residents at work (in an aged care home) for their knitting bits and pieces.

      :)
    280. Cathy Blalylock
      Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
      This is the easiest set of directions I have seen yet.

      Thenk you, I think it makes a great gift bag. Then, the gift is especially nice.
      I am going to make one to match the baby quilt I made for my nephew's baby.

      Sooooo easy and cute.
      Thank you for sharring with us.
      Cathy
      Ms Gulf Coast
    281. Wendy
      Monday, June 6th, 2011
      Just wondering if this would still work if the pieces of fabric were cut on the fold (bottom of bag)? I'm a lazy, novice sewer and that seems like it would work, but I'm over 40 and on a diet so my mind isn't as sharp as it could be. :)
    282. Amy
      Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
      Just whipped up one of these this afternoon. Used oilcloth, and it's such a cute summer tote! Tip for others using oilcloth...make sure the opening you leave when sewing the liner to the outside is big enough. I had a little trouble turning it. Thanks! Thinking about making a lot of these over the summer for teacher Christmas gifts! ;)
    283. Monday, May 30th, 2011
      I made this bag today and am thrilled with it. Such an easy-to-follow tutorial with brief, concise directions! Thanks.
    284. Brandy
      Saturday, May 21st, 2011
      Thank you for this easy to follow tutorial! I've made both of my kids library book totes using your instructions :)
    285. ameliagraceeeee
      Saturday, May 21st, 2011
      hi i am doing a textiles class and i need to make a simple bag, could anyone tell me if this one is easy? thanks a lot :) if not could you reccomend one???? <3
    286. Friday, May 13th, 2011
      This is explained and demonstrated well unlike many of the other sites I have come across. Beautiful bag. Soon will be stitching one for my daughter.
    287. Lorelei Conrad
      Monday, May 9th, 2011
      This tote was easy to make and has turned out to be very durable. My daughter has been using hers in full rotation for a year and it has been LOADED with crayons and books and hauled everywhere. Thank you so much. I am sewing another today for my son.
    288. Julia
      Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
      I loved these directions because they were so easy to follow. I do not sew often, but I followed the directions and the bag turned out great. I used some polka dot fabric on one side and striped on the other - Way cute!
    289. Diana
      Sunday, April 24th, 2011
      As a beginner, I wanted to sew something simple. I was able to make this tote following your directions pretty quickly. Thanks!!
    290. Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
      steps 5 thourgh 7 not clear at all
    291. Thursday, April 7th, 2011
      I LOVE that fabric. Perfect tutorial, I've been wanting to make a tote for a while now. Thanks for sharing it.
    292. Sunday, March 27th, 2011
      Thank you so much for publishing this terrific and easy tutorial! I have linked to your site on mine tonight, telling everyone what a great tutorial you have here and what a great site you have. Thank you - I can't believe I made this!! :-)
    293. Friday, March 18th, 2011
      This is great. I linked to it at my blog: littleloveliesbyallison.blogspot.com.
    294. Sunday, March 13th, 2011
      fun and easy.....loved it. thanks for sharing!~
    295. Annie
      Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
      Awesome and most importantly, EASY tutorial for us beginner seamstresses! I made this bag for my sister and posted the pic on facebook and have had people asking me to sell them one! Also, when I am making other bags, I refer to this for instructions on how to make them reversible/lined. Thanks again! LOVE IT!
    296. Linda
      Friday, February 25th, 2011
      Thank you very much. I just finished my first reversible tote bag using your tutorial.
    297. Gina
      Monday, January 31st, 2011
      Thanks for the tutorial! I made a cute girly library book bag for a birthday gift--I think it's my favorite of the projects I've made so far! Love it!
    298. Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
      I made one of these, but with a pocket. This is a great tutorial. I've linked to this on my own blog. I hope you don't mind.
    299. Nancy
      Saturday, December 18th, 2010
      Thank you!!!! I bought three different patterns and none of them were as simple as I wanted. I just finished making a couple of reversible totes. At first my brain didnt get it but then it did and NOW I am whipping out 8 more for Christmas presents. THANK YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS
    300. Buttercup
      Saturday, December 18th, 2010
      I just started sewing today and my first project was this tote bag. It was so easy to sew and looks so cute - can't wait to make more.
    301. Nicola
      Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
      thank you, just made this and i'm really pleased with it!
    302. Melissa
      Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
      Thanks so much for this tutorial! Like other people have commented, I also have very little sewing experience, and I tend to be afraid of new sewing projects...But I found your directions today and decided to go for it, and I did it! I made a darling little lavender flowered "purse" for my niece for Christmas! :) It's not perfect, but I doubt she'll notice any flaws. The best part is that I already had the supplies on hand, so her gift was essentially free. Thanks again! :)
    303. Karie
      Friday, November 26th, 2010
      I love this bag and this tutorial! I have very little sewing experience and I was able to follow your tutorial and end result was a very cute well made bag! Thank you for such clear and easy to understand directions!
    304. Lori
      Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
      I'm making these as Christmas gifts for all the girls in my family, tailored to their favorite colors using some fun fabrics. Your instructions are super easy to follow and even modify to make a larger tote. Thanks!
    305. Jen
      Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
      Thank you so much for this. I haven't sewn in ages...probably since jr high home ec 20 years ago!...but i just managed to sew a super-cute tote bag for my daughter to carry her choir gear in. I was even brave enough to add a pencil holder on the lining (just added a piece of the outside material and sewed a couple of long vertical lines about 1" wide). I think it is AWESOME and I am so proud of myself! Thank you for helping even the domestically challenged of us create homemade things we can be proud of!
    306. Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
      Thank you! I love your tutorial!!!
    307. Melissa
      Thursday, October 7th, 2010
      I absolutely LOVE this tutorial! Thank you for making the instructions so easy to follow :)
    308. Thursday, September 16th, 2010
      I just had to let you know I love this. As soon as I get 2 fabrics I like I am making this.
      Also wanted to let you know I posted a link to my website. I hope you don't mind? http://christinas-created-creations.blogspot.com/2010/09/i-came-across-this-today-and-i-just.html

      Keep up the great work.
      God Bless,
      Christina
    309. Saturday, August 21st, 2010
      Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I made a tote in a couple of hours and can't wait to make a matching zippered pouch with your other tutorial. Your instructions are great and easy to follow. Thank you!!
    310. Thursday, August 19th, 2010
      This is super cute! I put a link on my blog: http://keethink.com/blog/2010/08/19/shes-crafty-and-link-love-reversible-tote-bag-skip-to-my-lou/

      Now I'm thinking that when I make a baby quilt or other gift, I could gift it in a matching tote bag. How fun would that be?
    311. Friday, August 6th, 2010
      I am looking for strapping and pretty inexpensive material or cloth strapping wholesale for the handles....I think braid would be could. Might you have a wholesale source...thanks so much....i am just getting started. are there wholesale supplies for thread and pins and trim that you know of....thanks again arline
    312. Friday, July 9th, 2010
      Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I made a Gilmore Girls tote and I adore it. The tutorial was easy to follow and it didn't take long at all to finish the tote. Score! :)
    313. Fay
      Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      Great tutorial! Once again, you have astounded me. I need a little help on step 7, though. I don't understand how we turn it inside out >.<. Bear with me; I'm starting out. Thanks!
    314. Monday, May 24th, 2010
      I love your tutorial. I have made so many totes reversible and similar in style, but somehow each time I discover another tutorial I find that the coloring is the most inspiring bit. I love the fabrics! Thank you for sharing. I am going to use your sizing for my next tote, it sounds like a perfect size!
    315. Friday, May 14th, 2010
      I love this tutorial. It was the easiest one I have ever come across. i was able to make 3 bags for my daughter's teachers in 1 day. I love how they turned out! Thank you so much!
    316. Jennifer
      Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
      I just made this over the weekend! Thanks to the tutorial!! Here is the fruit of my labor:

      http://simplyjenna.blogspot.com/2010/05/tote-aly-awesome.html
    317. Tricia
      Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
      Thanks for the great idea!! I was thinking the other day how I need to make a bag to right size to attatch to our stoller for outings... I'm gonna use this concept, except make two straps, and put snaps on the top of the straps so I can take it on and of the stroller easily!
    318. Catherine
      Monday, May 3rd, 2010
      Hi...thank you so much for the tutorial...very easy to follow! More power to you...
    319. Monday, May 3rd, 2010
      This looks like a great tote bag and I can never get enough tote bags!
    320. Monday, April 12th, 2010
      Thank you sooooooo much for your tutorials for the zipper pouch and tote bag!!!!!! I love your blog!
    321. Elisha
      Sunday, April 11th, 2010
      Made a tote bag with a few pockets ~ Great design, easy enough for a novice seamstress. I really appreciate you sharing the idea - Thank you!
    322. Dawn Burrus
      Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
      I found your patttern while searching for an easy tote for a mixed group of ladies (from very skilled to novice stitchers and quilters ), we needed something simple for the newbies. We are making the bags for missionaries to shop with in a little mini-mart at missions conference in May. This year the gifts have to be smaller than last year when we gave sheets sets and towel sets along with some everyday school type supplies for the children. The economy has slowed everyone down, so this year we are giving cds, dvds,craayons, toothpaste, lotionn, books-- you get the idea.. there will be about 120 bags given out, the adults will receive the bags, both spouses will get one (if married) and the adults will shop for the children. So far in 3 weeks meeting on Tesday mornings we have approx 70 bags made. Thank you for sharing!1
      God bless you!!!!!
    323. Sunday, February 21st, 2010
      I came across your tutorial while looking for a cute tote I could use as a diaper bag. Your directions were very simple and pictures were very helpful. I just finished my bag in under an hour and am thrilled with the result. Thank you!
    324. Kathie
      Saturday, January 30th, 2010
      Great Bag, I looked for a tote but never found one I liked. So I bought material I liked and found your web site. Being in this snowing weather was perfect for craft making. Thank you for such easy directions. I was done in less than 30 minutes.
    325. Becca
      Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
      As a novice sewer, your photos and directions were very helpful. I made the cutest bag last night. Thanks!
    326. Elisabeth
      Sunday, January 10th, 2010
      Hi! I love this tutorial but I'm confused at the whole "pinch the bottom corner" part. I can't figure out how to pinch it like the picture. Is there anyway you can take a shot and email it to me of you pinching it and laying it flat so i can see how/where to pinch and sew? I'm soooo confused.
      Thanks!
    327. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
      i made a tote using another tutorial, but it turned out too large and floppy. will try to resize it to your directions and post the result.
      thank you for posting really clear instructions!
    328. Monday, December 14th, 2009
      Thank you for this great tute! I linked it on my blog, http://creativelymom.blogspot.com.
    329. Jeannie S
      Saturday, December 12th, 2009
      I LOVE the reversible tote pattern!! Very easy to follow. I am making them for new babies with their names on them and filling them with baby necessities for a gift. Thank you for posting this tutorial.
    330. Jennfier
      Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
      Your website has been invaluable to me. I am making bags for people for the holidays, and the step by step photos are fantastic. Thank you!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/alchemyjen/4123536581/
    331. Lia
      Sunday, November 1st, 2009
      Thanks for the great instructions- I modified the dimensions to make a different shape bag, and it turned out beautifully! And it only took a couple hours total. I'll want to make more in the future.
    332. Kate
      Saturday, October 24th, 2009
      Fantastic tutorial! I haven't sewn since high school and I managed to make one of these bags in about 2.5 hours. I made it as a first birthday gift for our friends daughter and filled it with cardboard books. They all commented on how lovely the bag was and were impressed when I said I had made it!
      Thank you!!
    333. Rebecca
      Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
      Thanks for the great tutorial. I pulled out my sewing machine and dusted it off and whipped up one of these bags in about 2 hours.
    334. MOM of Girls
      Saturday, September 12th, 2009
      Thanks for such easy to follow, clear pics. I found fabric and made a bag all in one day- that's a miracle for me!
    335. Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
      I love this. May I make a copy?
    336. Sunday, August 16th, 2009
      The top two photos in the instructions are not working..

      I will bookmark in hopes the photos will start working again so I try this later !
    337. Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
      excellent tutorial.
    338. Julie E.
      Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
      These are so, so cute and easy to make! I finally made one today and couldn't believe how quick it was. Can't wait to make many more!
    339. grammareg
      Saturday, August 8th, 2009
      This is the easiest to read instructional I've ever read. Thanks for such a great idea~
    340. Saturday, July 25th, 2009
      Great instructions for a cute bag! Too bad I can hardly thread a needle...
    341. Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
      Thank you so much for the inspiration and the clear directions. I just made this for a friend's birthday in linen, lined with quilting cotton with a little patchwork on the front to make it "gift-worthy."

      Fantastic!
    342. Breanne
      Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
      I did it... miss zero sewing skills! thanks for your wonderful tutorial. It was as easy as mac and cheese!
    343. Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
      Wow, this is fantastic, thanks so much! I'll be linking.
    344. Hilary
      Monday, July 20th, 2009
      I absolutely love this bag. I made one tonight, the instruction were great and very easy to understand!
    345. Sunday, July 19th, 2009
      Perfect tutorial! I have my fabric waiting to be made into something special. Your bag looks great & I think I'll add a pocket or two. Thanks!
    346. Sunday, July 19th, 2009
      Great directions with good photos. I enjoy your blog.

      ☼Hope you're having a sunshine ☼ filled Sunday!☼
    347. Saturday, July 18th, 2009
      How very cute!!! Love the fabric. I'm posting your blinkie on my blog. LOVE your site!
    348. Saturday, July 18th, 2009
      Great tutorial!!! I posted a link to it on Craft Gossip Sewing:
      http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-reversible-tote-bag/2009/07/18/
      --Anne
    349. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Fabulous tutorial...so easy to make!
    350. Christina
      Friday, July 17th, 2009
      I have just recently discovered crafting blogs and yours is definately emerging as one of my favorites! My list of to dos keeps growing. Now if someone could just come watch my kiddos so I could have time to sew all of your great projects. :)
    351. jules p
      Friday, July 17th, 2009
      this looks so simple. makes me want to try it. and i do not even sew. thanks..i am passing it along to my daughter for her to make one!
    352. Dee Tracy
      Friday, July 17th, 2009
      I love your tutorials! You have a wonderful teaching style!
    353. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      I can't wait to make lots of these!! This is my next project. This tutorial is so appealing!
    354. Karen
      Friday, July 17th, 2009
      I love that fabric! Could you tell the name of it and/or where you got it? I so am making one like that! Thanks so much for the clear & beautiful tutorial.
    355. Charity
      Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Love this tute as well! I think this will be a great first bag to sew up! Thanks for all the great tutes!
    356. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Love the material. This is a simple bag I could make. I linked to it at somedaycrafts (dot)blogspot (dpt)com
    357. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Wow, what an AWESOME tutorial! I don't want to miss any of your tutes now...
    358. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      These are very simple instructions that even I think I can make one. Thanks for posting it!
    359. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Wow! That is super simple! I will definitely make some of these. I have been making bags for years and really hate how over complicated patterns can be sometimes. Love your blog! Thanks!
    360. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      i love the extra detail...oike the corners here! awesome! thanks again for all the great ideas!
    361. Sheryl
      Friday, July 17th, 2009
      This was a very well done instructional. I love teaching my granddaugters to sew....this will be a perfect 4-H project for my ten year olds. Thank you.
    362. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Thank you for sharing this project. It looks adorable - great for gifts or shopping, knitting, small quilting projects. I really appreciate this.
      Janet
    363. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      You do the best tutorials. So easy to understand. Love it!
    364. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      forget the directions...i'm LOVING the fabric!!!
    365. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Great tutorial...thanks for sharing!
    366. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      What a cute idea!
    367. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Super job showing this great project!
    368. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Great bag. The directions look easy to follow, and it looks like a great idea for personalized Christmas presents. Thanks for sharing!
    369. Friday, July 17th, 2009
      Thanks for the simple, clear instructions. Love the fabrics you picked! Wonderful tutorial.