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How to Sew A Reversible Tote Bag

A useful sewing project for beginners or improvers and can be hand-sewn as well as machine sewn.

You Will Need:

  • 2 x 16 inch X 20inch Fabric A.
  • 2 x 16 inch X 20inch Fabric B.
  • 2x 8inch X 7inch (Optional, for pocket).
  • Pins.
  • Sewing machine (optional).
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • 2x 28inch for straps.
Use a ¼” seam allowance unless stated
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Step 1

Cut out 2 x fabric A, 2 x Fabric B and 2 pockets.

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Step 2

Fold three sides of pocket fabric inwards about 1/4 inch. Fold down top of twice. This will be the top of the pocket.

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Step 3

Sew pocket onto one piece of fabric A and fabric B. Leave the top double folded side open. This makes a pocket on outside and inside of bag

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Step 4

Put fabric A right side to right side and sew two sides and botton. Do same for fabric B but leave a 1″ gap at the bottom.

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Step 5

Make a box corner on both pieces by laying seams together and sewing 1″ down. cut off tips.

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Step 6

Turn fabric A right side out. Measure 10cm in and pin strap with 3cm excess on top. Repeat for all straps, making sure not to pin sides together.

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Step 7

Insert fabric A with straps inside fabric B. Inside fabric is right side out. Outside fabric is inside out.

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Step 8

Sew around the circumference of the bag. Add a zig-zag stitch to where the straps are to hold it more securely.

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Step 9

Turn right side out by drawing the inside bag through the gap you left at the bottom and iron

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Step 10

Top stitch around the opening of your bag

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Step 11

Hand sew the 1″ opening in the seam closed

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