I’m dreaming of a handmade Christmas!

I have really basic sewing skills and these totes are perfect for me to be able to get a fabric fix (plus make a very useful gift now that Queensland have finally enforced the plastic bag ban).

Full credit to my friend Alicia for creating the perfect dimensions for this bag!

If you would like to make some this is my method….

Make yourself some templates to make the cutting stage quicker and more accurate.  As you can see my measurements are 50cm x 40 cm with a cut out of 6 cm square on the bottom corners.

With this template you will need two of the outer fabric and two of the liner.  I often use calico to line my bags.

This is the handle, you will need to cut two.  It measures 70cm x 10 cm.

Once cut you will need to iron the handles down the centre and then open back up and fold each side into the centre.

So iron in half down the length.

Then open back up and iron each side into the centre

then fold these onto each other by folding down the centre and iron flat.

You’ll then sew down each edge

The bag outer and liner both get sewn in a similar way.  I used a 1.5 cm seam allowance, I’ve sewn down either side and then the bottom, however on the liner I left it open between the two pins so I will be able to turn out the bag the right way when completed.  For the outer sew straight across that bottom edge.

Pinch the corners to pin up like shown and then sew them closed…

Turn the outer bag right way out and pin the handles in place.  I come in 9 cm from each side.


Now the outer bag with the handles pinned in place gets put inside the liner (which remains wrong side out)

Line up the top edges and pin and then sew (once again 1.5 seam allowance).

Using the hole you left in the bottom edge of the liner pull your bag through to right side out.

Pin the open edge of the bottom of the liner and sew closed on the edge of the right side (this will get pushed into the bottom of the bag and not really noticed.

Pin the top edge neatly and sew around the top edge at about 1 cm all around.

You are done!

Any questions please ask!

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