With summer around the corner for most and maybe even some that have already started summer break, I thought it is perfect timing to sew up a simple tote! I know for me personally, the kids will be going to our local library for the summer reading program and will also be attending swimming lessons. What a perfect reason to sew up a tote!
First, you’ll need to cut your pieces.
You can cut it two ways.
Cut TWO 18×16 pieces and for straps TWO 3 1/2 x 30 straps. ( you can make your straps shorter or longer based on preference) this is the way I’d cut if you have directional fabric.
If you have a nice tossed print, you can cut ONE 16×36 piece for the bag and your straps would be 3 1/3 x 30.
With right sides together, sew the side and bottom seams together, leaving you with the top open and ready for hem.
Press the top edge over 1/4 inch and then fold over another inch and press again. You’ll topstitch and if you’d like, press once more to have a finished look for the opening of your tote.
To make the straps, you will press the raw edge under 1/4 inch on each side and then match them up and press it closed. Once you do that, topstitch to sew your strap closed.
You’ll then fold the edge of the strap 1/4 inch and then again 1/4 inch to top stitch the edge closed. You could absolutely serge the raw edges instead but this is a great option if you do not have a serger.
Measure three inches from the seam going toward the center of the tote, place you strap on the inside of the tote and sew in a square to attach your strap. You’ll do this step four times to attach the straps.
And there you have it! The perfect summer tote! I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that you’ll make some tote-aly adorable totes