Cross Body Tote Bag Tutorial
- Fabric (I recommend Cotton duck or similar sturdy fabric)
- 80 inches of double fold (extra wide/1/2 inch) bias tape
- appropriate sewing needle for chosen fabric
- basic sewing supplies
Products used and recommended in this post:
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist (600-Stitch Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover)
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips
- Simplicity Bias Tape Maker
- Fabric and Bias tape used in this project
Step 1: Cut pattern pieces.
Cut 2 fabric pieces 15.25 by 11.5 inches.
Cut 2 fabric pieces 34.75 by 2.5 inches.
Step 2: Assemble bag.
Line up straps, wrong sides together and sew along edges, a scant 1/4 inch from edge.
Trim seam allowance.
Fold straps right sides together. Press and sew 1/4 inch from edge of fabric, making sure to enclose the raw edges of seam. (Repeat for both ends.)
Open strap, press seams and sew the “flap” of the seam so it lays flat.
Fold top of bag pieces over 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1 inch and press again. Sew along the bottom fold.
Line up the center seam of the strap with the bottom center of the bag piece, wrong sides together. Pin in place.
Start sewing near the center point, stopping about 1.5 inches from the corner.
As you get closer to the corner, arrange the fabric to follow the corner. (as shown)
Fold the flap over and sew all the way to the crease of the fabric.
Raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric and flip the flap in the other direction, start sewing from the other side of the fabric crease.
Keep sewing to the top edge of the bag, stitching back and forth a few times at the top to reinforce the seam. (I did not get a photo of this, but I am referring to where the top of the bag ends.)
Repeat from the other side, staring from the bottom center point.
Once the bag has one side attached, line up the other side and repeat this process. Tip: When lining up the the second side of the bag, double check the top edges of the bag are lining up.
Step 3: Adding binding.
“Sandwich” the bias tape around the raw edges of the bag, starting about an inch over from the middle seam. When you come back to the starting point, trim the bias tape, leaving a 3 inch tail.
Sew along the edge of the bias tape, taking care that your stitches are catching the opposite side of the bias binding. Stop sewing about 1 inch from where the bias tape began.
To finish the binding edge, fold over the end piece, trimming if needed and continue sewing the edge in place. Repeat the binding for the other side of the bag and you are done!
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