DIY Reversible Tote Bag

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With the lovely weather we’ve been getting down South, it got me inspired to sew a reversible tote bag for the Farmers Market. My son and I enjoy hitting up the Farmers Market most weekends. He loves to pick out fresh produce to cook and snack on. I have plenty of reusable totes but of course I don’t think you can have too many. I love this vintage inspired cotton print from Stylish Fabric with the peaches (Peach state here). Yes, they have cotton fabric too! This is a large bag to fit plenty of things and can be customized with fabric for a weekend bag, a beach bag, and plenty of other options. You can even add pockets or snap closures as well. Get the DIY tutorial below on how to make a tote bag. 

Supplies:

Cutting:

  • 2 main pieces 15 x 21″
  • 2 liner pieces 15 x 21″
  • 4 fusible fleece 15 x 21″
  • 2 straps 6 x 20″
  • 2 fusible fleece 2 x 20″

* Use a gird ruler and cut 2″ corners off all bag pieces.

Fuse all fusible fleece pieces to wrong side of exterior and liner pieces. 
Sew the straps:

  • Fuse the fleece down the center of the fabric.
  • Fold sides into center and press.
  • Fold again in half, press, and clip into place. 
  • Top stitch just along the edges of both sides.

Sew the tote:

Place right sides together and sew sides and bottom (1/2″ seam allowance). Repeat for liner. 

Fold the bottom corners together and sew to create a squared bottom. 

Pin or clip the handles on both sides of the main exterior (RST). Baste stitch into place. I placed mine about 7″ from the side seam and 5″ in between the center.

Place the main inside the liner so RST.

Stitch all the way around with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 3.5″ opening just 1″ from the strap and the seam to pull right sides out. 

Pull right side out through the opening. 

Once flipped right sides out, press the edges nice and flat. Top stitch 1/8″ all the way around the edge making sure to sew closed the opening. 

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Laura's creativity and eye for design is what sets Trash to Couture apart from any other. Laura started sewing and designing her own clothing as a young girl. She even made her Prom and High School Dance dresses. Her sewing teacher created a class for her senior year so she could continue her advanced sewing curriculum. She'd finish the class projects so quickly she had to start bringing clothing from home to use for fabric. After college Laura ran a successful handmade, sustainable clothing brand specializing in custom bridal designs. After having 2 babies back to back she decided to take a break from running the company solo and focus on raising her boys. Realizing sewing and designing were something she missed dearly, she decided to start Trash to Couture. Trash to Couture was created in 2010 to inspire a less wasteful approach to the mass-produced fashion mainstream through DIY tutorials and repurposed fashions. Laura not only is the seamstress, she specializes in designing original content with craft brands. She contributes and designs content for many top craft brands and publications: BERNINA, Altered Couture, Sulky, Fabric.com, Burda Style, to name a few.

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