Here's the tutorial! Please let me know if you have any problems or questions!
Fold-up Tote Bag- Tutorial
Please do not sell this pattern (but you may share it for free). However, please feel free to sell any bags that you make using this pattern.
Sturdy fabric- 1 yard
- This would take just over 3/4 of a yard of 45 wide fabric, not including the pocket
- I used duck cloth, which was a little hard to sew through multiple layers at the bottom.
Closure of choice (button, snap, Velcro)
Bias tape (I used double fold, 1 package was enough)
Semi-rigid plastic (such as the cover of a plastic 3-ring binder)
Webbing for strap- 2 1/4 yards, cut into two equal pieces
-You can use less if you dont want the strap material to go down the length of the bag.
1. Cut the fabric into the following pieces:
a. Front/Back panels: 13 X 15 1/2 (cut two)
b. Bottom: 9 X 13 (cut two)
c. Sides: 9 X 15 1/2 (cut two)
d. Flaps: 4 X 5 (cut four) Note: You may wish to make the flaps a little smaller.
2. Cut the plastic into two 5 1/2 X 8 pieces.
3. If you plan to attach a pocket, now is the time to do it.
a. Cut pocket to desired size.
b. Hem top edge of pocket.
c. Position pocket, right side down, on the front panel. Position it so that the hemmed edge is pointing towards the bottom edge of the panel (I dont have a picture of this, sorry!). After you stitch the bottom of the pocket in place, you will fold the pocket up, covering the seam.
4. Pin webbing in place on front and back panels.
a. If you added a pocket, pin the webbing so that it covers the side edges of the pocket.
5. Stitch in place, stopping about a 1/2 from the top edge (you will be folding the top edge down to hem it later), reinforcing near the top edge by stitching an X on each side.
a. If you added a pocket, the side edges of the pocket will be covered with the webbing.
b. Be sure to stitch close enough to the edge of the webbing in order to stitch the pocket edges closed.
6. If desired, round edges of the flap pieces. Take two pieces, wrong sides together, and attach the your closure of choice. Repeat for remaining two pieces.
7. Stitch bias tape around 3 sides of each flap, leaving bottom open.
8. Take one side panel and the front panel. Wrong sides together, align the side edges. Pin the bias tape in place over the edges and stitch in place.
9. Repeat with remaining edges on the body of the bag.
10. Take the two bottom pieces and place them wrong sides together. Mark the center of the 15 1/2 edge. Pin in place and stitch along marked line.
11. Zig-zag around three sides of the bottom, leaving one long edge open. Slide one plastic piece into each pocket. Zig-zag remaining edge closed, being careful not to stitch through plastic piece.
12. Center flaps on the 9 edge of each side of the bottom, making sure to position the closure so that it will close properly when folded closed (the snapping parts are face up), and zig-zag the edges in place.
13. Pin the short edges of the bottom to the short bottom edges of the sides of the bag. Pin and stitch bias tape in place over short edges. Because of the amount of material at the corners, its a little tough to sew. Sew carefully to prevent breaking your needle!
14. Pin the long edges of the bottom to the long bottom edges of the sides of the bag. Pin and stitch bias tape in place over long edges. Because of the amount of material at the corners, its a little tough to sew. Sew carefully to prevent breaking your needle!
15. Zig-zag raw edge of the bag top. Fold edge down and topstitch in place.
16. Completed bag!
Available as a PDF below!