Sewing a Tote Bag
Intermediate | 58 min 6 sec
Cut Fabric and Begin Construction
Continue Bag Construction
Finish Farmers Market Tote
In this class, Joel and Laurie combine their love of colorful fabric with sewing know-how to make a stunning and sturdy farmer’s market tote bag. Both the interior and exterior of the bag are pieced together with eye-catching fabrics. Laurie walks you through the steps for constructing the bag from the inside out, and covers details like adding fusible interfacing and making pockets. Once the sides of the bag are assembled, she shows you how to add the bottom of the bag and hand-sew the opening closed with a slipstitch. A little decorative top stitching gives the finished bag a polished look.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • PDF Pattern
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread snips
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine and thread to match fabric
  • Point turner (or chopstick)
  • Straight pins and pin cushion
  • Hand sewing needle
  • 1/4 yd heavyweight interfacing
  • 1 yd light to mid-weight interfacing
  • 2 1/2 yds of quilting weight fabric (Joel and Laurie chose fabrics from the True Colors fabric line by FreeSpirit)
  • Iron and ironing board
Learn how to:
  • Apply fusible interfacing
  • Pin and sew curves
  • Hand-sew a slipstitch

What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow class on how to sew a tote bag
  • 8 HD video lessons you access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Downloadable PDF pattern include - $16 value
  • Step-by-step instruction by designer Joel Dewberry
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
123 users recommended this class to a friend
lynn zukowski
good pace, easy to follow, clear insturctions
February 1, 2023
Kristy Aeschbocker
Nicely done. Thank you.
More than 3 months ago
Ann Hedington
I think it would have been helpful to see the finished bag and have the instructor point out the different features first; I was a little confused watching the video as to what the different pieces were. Also, making the bag with different color pieces (front / back one color, sides another, bottom a third would help show the different parts. A brief "show and tell" at the end could show other versions (i.e. the color block, or a non-color blocked one).
More than 3 months ago