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Gather and Prepare the Materials
Variations in sizes for sewing a simple tote bag to meet your needs.

Bag Size Chart

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Tote bags are always needed for one thing or another. Think green and use them for your shopping rather than adding to the landfill with plastic grocery bags. Keep them in your luggage... you know you always come home with more than you left home with! Keep a couple in the trunk of your car... just in case... you know something will come up!

You will need:

  • Fabric to the size shown in the chart for the bag size you want to create. Nylon fabric is my favorite as it folds compactly and is resistant to water.

  • 2 - 20" pieces of 1" wide webbing. The length of the straps may be varied to meet your needs or desires. Carefully use a lighter or candle to gently melt and fuse the raw edges of nylon webbing to prevent it from unraveling. If you are using cotton webbing, zig zag or turn under the edges of the webbing when you are attaching it to the bag.

  • Thread to match your fabric. (The samples shown in these directions uses contrasting thread for visibility.)

Note: All measurements can be changed to suit your needs.

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