Updated: Feb 8, 2021
Another easy tutorial to make a boxy tote bag with some quilted details and exterior pockets.
STEP 1: CUT FABRICS
Cut the following pieces of fabrics, fusible felt, and non-woven interfacing (intermediate thickness).
STEP 2: SEW "QUILTED POCKET PIECE"
STEP 3: SEW "BAG FRONT PIECE"
STEP 4: SEW FABRIC B TO “BAG FRONT PIECE”
STEP 5: SEW COMPLETE "BAG BODY PIECE"
STEP 6: IRON FUSIBLE FELT TO "BAG BODY PIECE"
STEP 7: MAKE "LINING PIECE"
STEP 8: (OPTIONAL) ADD MAGNETIC BUTTON AND/OR ZIPPERED POCKET
Here is a good YouTube video tutorial by Professor Pincushion on how to install zippered pocket.
STEP 9: MAKE STRAPS
STEP 10: COMBINE STRAPS, BODY AND LINING PIECES TO COMPLETE BAG
Click here for to see Steps 7 to 12 of the Blue Grey Patchwork Tote Bag Tutorial on how to complete this boxy bag. The steps are similar as they both involve combining two layers (the outer layer i.e. Bag Body Piece and the inner layer i.e. Lining Piece).
STEP 11: OVERSTITCH AROUND THE BRIM AND ZIG-ZAG THE CORNERS
Overstitch around the brim to prevent the Lining Piece from rising out of the bag. Zig-zag the corners (as shown in the photo below) to produce the boxy look of the bag (this is actually optional).
Also Optional: You can sew a decorative button on the front of the bag, as I have done.