Sewing Pattern: Casual Reversible Tote

Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial: How to create a casual, reversible everyday purse that can also be used as a tote bag.As I was perfecting my Japanese knot bag pattern, I came up with a bag shape that didn't quite work as a knot bag, but can be made into a pretty, simple tote.

You can even vary the length of the strap between about 15-25 inches if you want to carry the bag over one shoulder or 35-40 inches to carry it cross-body style.

This bag is also fun because it's reversible giving you even more flexibility as you coordinate it with your wardrobe or your mood.



Before you begin, wash, dry and press your fabrics and print the pattern PDF.

To begin you'll need to enlarge the pattern 200%. On my printer/copier, I had to cut the pattern into three pieces and enlarge each page separately, then tape them together.

If you want to double check that your pattern is the right size, the grid on the PDF is 1/4 inch. When you enlarge it, each square in the grid should be 1/2 inch.

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and then in half again. Align the dotted line of the pattern piece with the second fold of the fabric.

Pin and cut out two pieces of the bag bottom from each color of fabric. Also cut two, 2 1/2-inch wide rectangular pieces from each color for the straps.

I made my straps 20 inches long, but you can choose a different length as described in the intro.

Us a water soluble pen/pencil to mark the arrows on the wrong side of all the bag pieces. (Don't forget to mark them on both sides of the fold.)

As you get ready to start sewing, please note that you should use a 1/2 inch seam allowance for all the stitching.
Select one bag piece of each color. Pin them right sides together and stitch around the "U".

Repeat for the second set of contrasting fabrics.
Select one strap piece of each color. Pin them right sides together and stitch across one of the long edges.

Repeat for the second set of contrasting fabrics.
Turn all of the pieces right side out. You may trim the seam allowances around the curves to 1/4 inch for easier turning. Press the seams.

You should have two sets of pieces that look like this with a main color on one side and the contrasting color on the other.
Next, you will join the straps to the bag.
Gently open up the bag and strap seams. Position the short edges of the straps with the bag, right sides together, making sure that the seams are aligned, and same color fabrics are against each other.

Pin and stitch.
Turn the straps right side out and press the connecting seams.

If you'd like to add a little decorative stitching around the inner part of the straps, now is the time. This also adds a little stability to the straps.
Since my fabrics have a very strong pattern, I chose to straight stitch about 1/4 inch from the seam.

Next, you'll join the bag bottoms.
Pin two same color bag bottoms, right sides together.

Stitch around between the marked arrows.
Pin the other set of same color bag bottoms right sides together.

Stitch around between the marked arrows being careful so that you don't catch the straps in your seam. Turn the bag right side out.
The only raw edges remaining are along the outside of the straps. Pin and press the raw edges under 1/2 inch.

Use either a decorative stitch or a straight stitch with a 1/4 inch allowance around the outer edges of the straps.
That's it!
I like this design because it's so casual and fairly easy to create.

Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial: How to create a casual, reversible everyday purse that can also be used as a tote bag.

Just pick a color that suits your mood, throw it over your shoulder and you are ready to go!

Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial: How to create a casual, reversible everyday purse that can also be used as a tote bag.



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The Chilly Dog: Sewing Pattern: Casual Reversible Tote
Sewing Pattern: Casual Reversible Tote
How to sew a casual, everyday tote bag.
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