Category Archives: Make & Sew

DIY Market Tote

January 2, 2015

toteheaderI love stopping in to local thrift stores to look for great deals on housewares and always look for fabric yardage. Recently, I found a whole bundle of this great chambray fabric, but have yet to put it to use! When I saw this quick and easy pattern on BurdaStyle, I knew this was the perfect use for it!

This project is great for absolute beginners who want to learn how to sew. It’s quick and easy and only cost me about $5 to make!tote1To start, you can either download the pattern from BurdaStyle, or create your own by tracing the outline of an existing tote. I will be following along the pattern though! When you get the pattern, it will print out on separate sheets of printer paper. Cut and tape the pieces together to match up each notch. It will look like this when you are finished!tote2Next, cut out your pattern pieces from your chosen fabric. I recommend pressing your fabric first so it’s not as wrinkled as mine is here!tote3If you have a serger, great! If not, don’t fret. You can finish your edges using a decorative bias tape (there are really cute options on Etsy). Serge or finish all of the edges of your pattern pieces.tote4Then, sew together the bag. Start with the pieces facing right sides together. Sew the rectangular pouch piece on 3 sides, leaving one side open. Sew across the top of the bag straps. Next, sew the sides and bottom of the tote including the pouch into one of the side seams. The opening of the pouch should be facing toward the middle of the bag. tote5Your tote is almost finished! Remember that random pouch in the middle? Well the tote folds up to fit into this pouch so you can store it in your purse or car so you’ll never forget it when you’re grocery shopping!tote6And just like that, It’s done! tote7