One of my favorite things to sew is a tote bag. It’s a good project for people of all sewing levels and makes a great, personalized gift.
A personalized gift
My favorite thing about sewing is that you can personalize your gift in a meaningful way. There are so many fabric options out there it’s pretty easy to find something for everyone.
These particular tote bags were a donation to Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue. They’re having a raffle/silent auction and I enjoy donating a handmade gift. Luckily for me, JoAnn Fabric has no shortage of fun fabrics.
I figured I’d make two bags with a dog theme. Since this is a dog rescue, the events are often attended by people that love dogs.
A perfect tote
This tutorial is perfect for sewing a tote bag. Once you get the hang of it, you can change up the size, add pockets and really make the design your own. I prefer a bit deeper tote, so I add some height and a little width.
You can choose from a canvas fabric to something in cotton. The key is to choose the best fusible interfacing to meet your needs. I like to use Pellon Shape-Flex (SF101). Fuse it to both fabrics to end up with a soft, but structured bag.
1.5″ strap makes for sturdier handles. I feel like it gives the bag a little something extra.