Denim Tote Bag Pattern

Denim Tote Bag Pattern

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Create yourself a stylish large tote bag with this free tote bag pattern. The large handbag is made with a variety of upcycled materials, with hand stitching for embellishment, your own padded handles and a magnetic closure.

Denim Tote Bag Tutorial

This bag is inspired by one similar spotted on Pinterest – unfortunately I have no record of this bag. If you think it was your bag that inspired this one please contact me so that I can give proper credit for the inspiration.

Large Denim Tote Bag Pattern


You will need:


32 by 54 cm fabric (this is for the bottom of the bag)

9 by 54cm 2 pieces of fabric

11 by 54cm 2 pieces of fabric

16 by 54cm 2 pieces of fabric

Fusible fleece


2″ by 28″ twice for fusible fleece

2″ by 30″ twice for the fabric

Tab Closing

magnetic snap

15 by 11cm lining fabric with heavy weight interfacing

15 by 11cm denim  with heavy weight interfacing


Lining fabric:-

54 by 94 cm lined with heavy weight interfacing

23 by 31cm for pocket one

36  by 46cm for pocket two

33cm zip

20cm  zip

To make:

Outside of the bag

layer your fabrics as per your finished bag, creating one long rectangle, this will be approximately 92cm by 54cm. Stitch together allowing 1 cm seam allowance.

Fabric placement

Hand stitch with running stitch 3mm from the seam.

Embellish the front of your bag by placing your three squares of fabric as is pleasing to you. Stitch the squares on. Handstitch your own design onto your squares. I have used simple stitches and french knots for the design shown.

french knots

Iron on your fusible fleece on the back of your pieced bag fabric

Fold the bag fabric in half, lining up your fabric seams along the sides.

Align edges

Stitch the side seams.

Next create the base. Iron the fold at the bottom of the bag, this gives you a neat crease. Fold the side seam of the bag to the crease.

create bag base

Mark a 3″ seam with taylors chalk. Stitch and trim the corner off.

trim corners

Repeat for the other corner. Turn the bag right side out.

bag base

Create the flap closure. Mark the point for the magnetic snap 3.5 cm from short edge and centrally between the side edges on the lining (with heavy weight interfacing attached). Insert magnetic snap.

Place right sides together of fabric flap.

magnetic snap

Stitch three sides. Trim seam allowance.

trim seams of fabric flap

Turn right side out and top stitch round the edges.

fabric flap closure


Place centrally and baste into place along the top of the rear of the bag.

baste fabric flap closure

Mark the point for the magnetic snap on the front of the bag, and insert.

Bag handles – create you bag handles. See my tutorial on So Sew Easy. Place on the bag 8cm down from the top and 10.5 cm in from the sides of the bag. Sew on, I suggest sewing a a rectangle and sewing across it diagonally to add strength.


place bag handles

Lining – adhere heavy weight interfacing to the fabric. Create two zipped pockets. Place centrally 8cm down from each short edge.

zip placement

Join the sides of the lining together, and then create the corners for the bag base, following the instructions as for the main bag.

Place the lining inside the bag – right sides together. Stitch the top of the bag all round, except for a four inch gap for turning right side out.

attach bag and lining together

Turn right side out, and then top stitch along this seam. One finished bag:)

Upcycled Tote Bag Pattern Step by step instructions to create stylish large tote

For free bag patterns follow my pinterest board. This post is linked up on All Free Sewing –  do check out the website, its full of free inspiring sewing projects.




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