A Tote Bag Tutorial


Tote bags, tote bags!

Who wants to make a tote bag?


Tote bags are an easy first project if you’re just learning to sew or a wonderful way to get back into sewing to refresh your skills. Even if you’ve been sewing for years, tote bags are fun projects to make for gifts or even for yourself.


When Becky Olk invited me to be a guest on the midwestern lifestyle show, Happi House, I jumped at the chance to hang out with them again. In this episode, Happi and I make this tote bag together.

Click here to watch us in action.

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed filming it with the creative and fun Happi House crew.


“Happi” Sewing!




If you’re just learning to sew or would like to refresh your skills, click here for the first episode of the new sewing series: Learn to Sew. It’s free and you can access it anytime you’d like.

Thank you to everyone who went over to eHow and shared the first episode in the Learn to Sew series. And thanks so much for all of your nice comments! The winner of The Refashion Handbook is… Mary Anne Bolis Krohn. Send your address to bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send the book to you ASAP.


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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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9 Responses to A Tote Bag Tutorial

  1. Mary Ann Clifford says:

    Super Cute idea and bag. Gives me an idea for next year Christmas gifts!! Thanks!

  2. “TOTEally” awesome… I’m going to show my daughter how to make these!

  3. Ann Macon says:

    Ah, the Singer Genie, the first sewing machine my mom bought for me when I was in high school! It was a tank and a bit tension challenged but I have kept it for nostalgia. So seventies! Just discovered your blog and it’s great to know that other people love to refashion awesome fabric from lass than desirable items. Thanks for the inspiration and community.

  4. vintage51 says:

    Reblogged this on vintagethrifter51.com and commented:
    I wonder if I could make this out of faux leather reclaimed out of an old skirt?

  5. Pingback: Tutorial: How to sew a simple tote bag – Sewing

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