How to Make a Canvas Tote Bag? Here is the Guide
How to Make a Canvas Tote Bag
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Canvas Tote Bag Materials Needed
Printed or synthetic leather cloth, or vinyl, measuring 3/4 yard (handles, bag bottom)
Fabric of Natural Canvas, 1/2 Yard (bag front and back, facing)
Printed fabric, 7/8 yard (lining)
1 1/4 yards of fusible fleece interfacing
Shears, scissors, or other fabric-cutting implements
Iron-based pencil or pen
The Use of an Ironing Board
Clips and pins for quilting
Machine for sewing
Needles for thick stitching, size 90/14
The denim needle that you need to stitch your jeans
needle size 6 inches
The Last Word on Completed Bags
The completed dimensions of the bag are 15 1/2 by 15 by 6 1/2 inches.
All fabrics are 100% cotton, 44/45 inch wide, and priced at $13 per yard at Joann.
These dimensions are inclusive of a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Unless otherwise specified, right sides should be together while sewing.
Instructions with Detailed Step-by-Step Diagrams
Make your own roomy canvas tote by following these instructions and using basic sewing abilities. Within a couple of hours, you should have this DIY project finished.
The First Step: Fabric Cutting
Prepare your fabrics for cutting. Two rectangles, 18 3/4 by 22 1/2 inches, should be cut from the lining fabric, with the 22 1/2-inch length running parallel to the selvages. To begin, slice two rectangles (each measuring 6 3/4 by 22 1/2 inches) and two strips (each measuring 3 inches by 22 inches) from the synthetic leather. Make two rectangles that are 12 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches and two strips that are 1 3/4 by 22 1/2 inches from the canvas. Two rectangles measuring 18 3/4 by 22 1/2 inches should be cut from the fusible fleece.
Second, get the grips ready.
A 90- or 14-gauge heavy-duty sewing needle may be purchased for around $7 at Walmart and should be installed in your machine. To create the carry straps, fold the long edges of two 3 x 22-inch vinyl strips in toward the center so that they overlap slightly. Use clips to keep things in position. Create a seam through the middle and two more rows of stitching on either side.
Next, put the bag together.
Begin by creating the bag’s sides. With the proper sides facing, place a canvas rectangle on top of a vinyl rectangle and secure with clips. Sew a 1/2-inch seam down one long side. Topstitch along the front of the vinyl, 1/8 inch from the seam, after giving it a finger press to bring the seam toward the vinyl. Turn the page and do the opposite. Make the main bag section. The finished pieces are laid out with their right sides touching before being clipped. Sew together the bottom (which should be vinyl alone) and the two long sides (both canvas and vinyl). Keep only the top (canvas) edge uncovered.
Making the bag’s base is Step 4.
Make the base of the bag flat. Create a triangle at one of the bottom corners by aligning the side seam with the bottom seam and clipping in place. Put a mark 3 1/4 inches from the triangle’s apex and draw a line perpendicular to it. Stitch along the drawn line and trim the triangle so that the raw edges meet the seam. To finish off the bottom, you’ll need to do the same thing on the other corner.
Fifth, fasten the grips.
Put the handles on the bag. Flip the sack’s main body inside-out. Place a mark in the middle of the bag’s body towards the top edge on one of the sides. To attach the ends of the handle, move the clips 5 inches from the middle. Handle ends should be stitched to the bag body. And then do the same thing with the second handle on the other side of the bag.
Sixth, sew the lining.
Sew the inside lining. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to fuse fusible fleece interfacing ($12; Joann) to the wrong side of the lining fabric. To make the bag’s lining, follow steps 3 and 4 (making a bag body and flat bottom) once again. Place the bag lining inside the bag body wrong sides together (outside of the bag, with the handles on the outside; right side of the lining facing in). Bottom corners and side seams must be aligned. Use pins to secure the raw edges of the bag’s open top before stitching them closed. Stay strong.
The Seventh Step: Make a Front
Develop the enclosing edge at the top. Long side of both canvas strips (1 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches) should be pressed 1/2 inch in. As the ironed fold is the wrong side, it must be stitched flat before the two strips can be sewn together at the short ends.
Eighth Step: Sew Facing
Canvas right sides together, align the raw edges of the facing piece with the raw edges at the top of the bag, and sew with the handles down against the sides of the bag.
Ninth Step: Close the Bag
To complete the bag, turn the facing pieces so that the folded edge is on the inside, pin, and topstitch along the top edge with the handles facing down.
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