Create yourself a stylish large denim 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.
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.
How to make a large denim tote bag
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark a 3″ seam with taylors chalk. Stitch and trim the corner off.
Repeat for the other corner. Turn the bag right side out.
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.
Stitch three sides. Trim seam allowance.
Turn right side out and top stitch round the edges.
Place centrally and baste into place along the top of the rear of the bag.
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.
Lining – adhere heavy weight interfacing to the fabric. Create two zipped pockets. Place centrally 8cm down from each short edge.
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.
Turn right side out, and then top stitch along this seam. One finished bag:)
If you love repurposing denim as much as I then check out my popular sashiko tote bag pattern, or how about a small cross body bag emnbellished with hand embroidery? Check out my pinterest board for many free bag patterns.
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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