Sewing Pattern: Medium Shopping Tote

Free Sewing Pattern: Create your own reversible shopping tote bag.I am seriously obsessed with reusable shopping bags. Everyone in my family carries 4-6 bags in the trunk of their car so they are available to use whenever we go to the store. My husband recently asked me to replace his old set because, after who knows how many years, washings and shopping trips, they were starting to wear thin in places.

Not only are reusable bags good for the environment, they can be a fun way to show off your personality. I let hubby come to Jo-Ann to pick out a couple prints for his new bags. Since we are an Arizona house divided, he chose a University of Arizona and Arizona State University prints.

Of course you can choose whatever prints, patterns or designs you like. Please note, the amounts listed in the materials are enough to make a single bag.


  • 16 inches of 44-inch wide cotton fabric in a main color
  • 16 inches of 44-inch wide cotton fabric in a contrasting color
  • 36 inches of 1-inch wide nylon strapping
  • cutting and sewing supplies
  • tote bottom pattern PDF


Print out the tote bottom pattern PDF. When you print it out, each grid square should measure 1/4 inch.

Also, notice that there is a fold line. You can either print two copies and tape them together or fold your fabric and use one pattern piece.
Cut one 14 x 33 inch rectangle out of each piece of fabric.

Cut one tote bottom from each piece of fabric.
Fold one of the rectangles in half, widthwise, wrong sides together. Pin and stitch the edges opposite the fold using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Press the seam open.
Turn the fabric right side out. I like to align the seam on what will be the side of the bag.

Press both sides of the bag to mark them.
Fold the top edge of the bag under 3/4-inch and press.
Fold the bag bottom in half lengthwise and press, marking the center of the piece.
With the right sides together pin the bag bottom to the bag.

I think it's easiest to align the pressed center line of the bottom to the pressed bag sides. Pin the rounded ends of the bag bottom first.
Then pin the straight edges of the bag bottom.

Stitch using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Repeat the process for the second set of fabric.
Cut the nylon strapping into two 18-inch lengths. You can use a lighter to melt the ends of each strap so they won't fray.

Position the straps 4 inches away from the sides of the bag.
Place your contrasting fabric into the bag so they are wrong sides together and pin around the opening.
I used a straight stitch 1/4-inch and 1/2 inch from the top of the bag to secure the inside to the outside and hold the straps in place. You could also use a decorative stitch.
Now we're ready to go shopping and cheer on our favorite schools!

Free Sewing Pattern: Create your own reversible shopping tote bag.

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