Learn how to make a custom Baggu tote bag pattern with this easy to follow tote bag tutorial for beginners. Discover how to sew a reusable grocery bag by mirroring this tote bag tutorial.
From brand logos to cool print pattern, tote bag patterns of various shapes, sizes, colors and different closures exist. Using this tote bag tutorial, there are so many ways to create your own custom Baggu tote bag. Appreciate how to sew a reusable grocery bag with a variety of options and styles to choose from.
Cotton tote bags are easy to carry and also pair together with any casual outfit when you feel lazy or are in a hurry. A plain white t-shirt with boyfriend jeans… is there only one way to style your outfit after you duplicate this custom tote bag tutorial?
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How To Style A Tote Bag
Good news is you can create any style from casual to feminine and chic with this custom tote bag tutorial. Outfit ideas with your cute custom Baggu tote bag are easy to put together.
- Feminine apparel: Simply wear a black and white gingham dress with a black faux leather moto jacket. Carry a beige canvas tote bag as an accessory.
- Minimalist wardrobe: Wear a long duster coat, a vintage t-shirt and ripped straight jeans for a classic look.
- Boho chic: White embroidered bell sleeve blouse and denim shorts are a perfect spring and summer outfit.
- Airport travel fashion: Denim chambray button-down shirt with white skinny jeans is comfy for a long haul flight.
How To Make A Reusable Grocery Bag
It’s really fun to learn how to make a reusable grocery bag following this custom tote bag tutorial. This is a simple beginners sewing project that duplicates a Baggu tote bag pattern.
It’s easy to pair your cute casual outfit with your custom tote bag. But, have you realized that not all cotton fabrics are created equal?
Understand how to make a reusable grocery bag using different types cotton fabrics with this tote bag tutorial. There 3 different types of cotton fabrics that are mainly used in the fashion industry: regular cotton, recycled cotton, and certified organic cotton fabric.
What Are The Different Types Of Cotton Fabrics?
Regular cotton fabric is usually machine-picked. The cotton fibers tend to be damaged during the picking process, which also leads too much more manufacturing waste. Not only that, but regular cotton is mostly grown with GMO seeds and is full of harmful pesticides.
Recycled cotton fabric is cotton waste from the landfill or scraps from clothing manufacturers that is re-purposed. The process uses significantly less water and energy to create the recycled fabric.
On the other hand, certified organic cotton fabric is grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Natural and organic cottons are completely hand picked, which means that the fibers are not broken or destroyed. The results are softer and more durable cotton when manufactured.
How To Make A Custom Tote Bag Tutorial
This tote bag tutorial for beginners is really simple to follow. With the step by step pictures and video as reference, follow along with the guided tote bag tutorial.
If you have any questions about this tote bag tutorial, feel free to reach out to me in the comments below so that I can help you along! This also really helps others that may have the same questions as well.
Baggu Tote Bag Making Materials:
This is a short list of tote bag making materials that I used in this project. The video tutorial also walks through each of the materials I used for this bag making design. If you have any questions about the specification, leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.
Recycled Cotton Canvas Fabric
How To Make A Baggu Tote Bag Pattern
1. To make a custom tote bag body, fold a piece of canvas material in half, and cut 16” x 15” with a 11” x 2 1/2” flat bottom folded center tab.
2. 2 pocket pieces that are 8” x 7” long
3. 2 handle strap pieces that are 3 1/2” x 11” long.
4. A shoulder strap piece that is 2 1/2” by 41” long.
5. 2 facing pieces that are 2 1/4” by 16” long.
6. 2 shoulder strap snap button closures. One is 2 1/2” x 4” long and the other is 1 1/2” x 4” long.
How To Make A Tote Bag With Flat Bottom
- For a tote bag with flat bottom: Fold the bag body piece in half with the right sides facing each other, sew 1/2” seam allowance on the side seams and then finish with zigzag stitching.
- Open the flat bottom corner tabs, fold the matching seams together, pin to secure, sew 1/2” seam allowance and then finish with zigzag stitching.
How To Make A Tote Bag With Inside Pocket
- For a tote bag with inside pocket: Double fold 1/4” and then 1/2” on the topside of the inside pocket, then pin to secure. Finish with edge topstitch to close the folded line of the pocket.
- Lay both inside pocket pieces with the right sides facing each other, sew 1/2” along both sides and the bottom, and then finish with zigzag stitch. Flip the finished pocket right side out.
Pro Tip: So the completed corners will look sharp, make sure you clip the corners to remove some bulky excess fabric.
How To Make A Tote Bag With Handles
- For a tote bag with handle strap pieces: For both straps, fold 1/4” on the sides and then fold the width again in half. Secure with pins along the folded line and edge topstitch about 1/8” on both sides.
How To Make A Tote Bag With Shoulder Strap
- For a tote bag with shoulder strap: Fold 1/4” on both sides and then fold the width again in half. Pin to secure and sew edge topstitch along both sides of the folded line.
- For the looped shoulder strap snap button closure: Fold 1/4” on both sides and then fold the width again in half. Secure with pins and edge topstitch along both sides.
- For the short shoulder strap snap button closure: Fold 1/4” on both sides and then fold in half lengthwise. Pin to secure and this time edge top stitch all the way around this piece.
Helpful Hint: As a beginner sewing project, I grouped everything together so that the tote bag tutorial was easier to read and follow.
Pro Tip: For a tote bag with snap buttons, its best to make all of the snap button holes first, then do all of the cap and sockets, and finish with all of the post and studs. It is easier to do them in order rather than changing the heavy-duty snap button pliers fitting for every task.
How To Make A Tote Bag With Snap Buttons
- Attach snap buttons to inner pocket: Start by marking the middle of the pocket opening with a fabric pen. Use heavy-duty snap button pliers to make a hole.
- Then, mark through the hole onto the inside of the pocket and make another hole using heavy-duty snap button pliers.
- Place cap and socket on the heavy-duty snap button pliers and punch it on the marked hole of the outside pocket.
- Place post and stud on the heavy-duty snap button pliers and punch it on the marked hole of the inside pocket.
- Attach snap buttons to shoulder strap closure: Make a hole using heavy-duty snap button pliers on the short shoulder strap snap button closure about 1/2” away from the top.
- Then fold the looped shoulder strap snap button closure in half and lay the strap on top the short shoulder strap snap button closure to mark through the hole. Punch a hole using heavy-duty snap button pliers.
- Place cap and socket on the heavy-duty snap button pliers and punch it on the marked hole of the short shoulder strap snap button closure.
- Place post and stud on the heavy-duty snap button pliers and punch it on the marked hole of the looped shoulder strap snap button closure.
- Attach snap buttons to bag body closure: Fold both facings in half and using a ruler find the center. Mark with fabric pen on both sides and use the heavy-duty snap button pliers to make a hole in both facings.
- Place cap and socket on the heavy-duty snap button pliers and punch it on the marked hole of the wrong side of one piece of facing.
- Place post and stud on the heavy-duty snap button pliers and punch it on the marked hole of the wrong side of the other piece of facing.
How To Make A Tote Bag With Adjustable Shoulder Strap
- For a tote bag with adjustable shoulder strap: Put a slide buckle and rectangle ring on the shoulder strap, slide the adjustable shoulder strap through the rectangle ring and over the middle slide buckle.
- Measure 1 1/2” from one end of the shoulder strap and the middle adjustable buckle. Fold over the end of the shoulder strap about 1/4” and pin to secure creating a loop back to the strap. Sew edge topstitch to lock in the adjustable slide buckle.
- Next, slide the looped shoulder strap snap button closure over the rectangle ring and edge topstitch to secure and lock in the rectangle ring.
- Lay the short shoulder strap snap button closure on top of the shoulder strap and edge topstitch to secure.
How To Sew A Reusable Grocery Bag For Beginners
- Place the facings with the right sides together and sew 1/2” seam allowance on both sides.
- Turn the bag body inside out, fold it in half and then chalk mark the center.
- Use the center point to position the pocket, and use the pocket as the guide to place the handle. Pin both sides of the handles and edge top stitch.
- Place both ends of the shoulder strap matching to the side seam of the bag, pin to secure and edge top stitch.
- Slide the facing over the bag, pin around the bag opening and sew 1/4” seam allowance.
- Open the facing and edge top stitch on the facing all the way around.
- Then, fold the facing 1/4” to sandwich the pocket piece in and pin to secure. Use the 1/4” folded line to pin all the way around the bag opening.
- Finish edge top stitch around the bottom of the facing. Flip the bag right side out and admire your finished product!
Making your own custom Baggu tote bag pattern is actually not that hard. To tell you the truth, it is perfect sewing project for beginners!
Use recycled cotton fabric and follow this tote bag tutorial for an easy beginners sewing project.
Make it extremely durable and eco-friendly. Customize using exciting patterns, attractive colors and by adding your own DIY embroidery. As a result, you can easily match it together with your casual styles and chic outfit ideas.
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