How are tote bags made?

- Sep 08, 2020-

Learning how to make a handbag is very simple. This is a step-by-step guide for creating your own: First, it is important to gather the appropriate tools from the beginning. The necessary equipment includes scissors, pins, rulers, seam ripper, fabric chalk and sewing machine, and 1 meter of cloth.

Step 1: Cut out a 33"x 31" slice from the fabric. Then, fold a piece of fabric in half so that the size is now 16½"x 15½". Make sure the crease itself is at the bottom.

Step 2: Now, cut two 16-inch long belts from the remaining fabric. These will be used as handles for handbags. If desired, the fabric can be replaced with any other strong material required for the handle. However, try to keep the strips at an appropriate length.

Step 3: Take the top of the folded fabric square, open the edges, and fold the sides down an inch. Fix the sides. Then, sew 0.5 mm from the edge while making sure to stitch twice at the start and end points to ensure firmness. Remove the pin. You have now completed the half-fold stitch.

Step 4: Now that the top and bottom of the bag have been secured, it is time to sew the sides tightly. Fix the sides together so that the edges match evenly. Continue to sew 1 mm from the edge of the fabric.

Step 5: By sewing the determined corners, you can give the bottom of the bag more volume and form an effective gusset. Pinch open the corners of the bag (using the 1 mm free space on the edge), and then fix it with a pin. Then, sew about 3 inches at each corner of the two bottom corners of the bag. In the end, you will get two horns that are almost similar to dog ears, making the bottom of the bag more subjective.

Step 6: Hold the belt and measure 4 inches from both ends, so that each belt of the handle is 4 inches from the nearest edge. Align the edge of the belt with the 1 inch fold line sewn on the top of the bag earlier. Then, fix each belt and repeat each side.

Step 7: The strap of the handle must be sewn carefully so that it can remain intact even if it bears heavy objects. First sew all four edges of the belt, and then form a square on the line. Then, sew the line connecting the corners of the square to bisect the line to form an "X". The finished product should look like a square with an "X" in the middle. Repeat this method for the remaining three belts.

Step 8: Cut off all loose strings and make sure that all threads work firmly. Now, turn the bag inside to reveal the new blank handbag. The best part of this project is that you are actually a blank canvas, the only limit that makes your imagination possible!

Step 9: Decorating your handbag is the moment when you release your personal style and expression. The best thing about tote bag materials is that they can easily contain ink regardless of the method of transferring the ink into the bag. Fabric markers can complete this project well, as can decal irons. The process of choosing printed fabrics for the project can be completely avoided.