Ten Dollar Tuesday: DIY Tote Bag

Hey Everyone! Today I decided I would make a really awesome tote bag that a beginner Sewer can do, that looks like something you purchased at a store. This DIY cost me next to nothing and I am so pleased with it. So let's get started!

You Will Need:
•Material of your choice (I used an unbleached cotton that I got for only $2 for half a yard, and a pleather that I found for only $1 in the remnants bin)
• Tape Measure or ruler
• Scissors (Try to get a nice pair of scissors, they're a good investment if you plan to sew a lot more often.)

This brings this DIY to only $3! Which is awesome!

What To Do:

1. Start by measuring out and cutting your fabric. I made my bag with the following measurements:
Cotton: 14.5" x 14.5" (x2)
Pleather: 6" x 14.5" (x2) & 3" x 22" (x2) < this measurement is up to you as it's your straps.

2. Take your cotton and fold over twice to hide the raw edge and pin it flat to the pleather. I recommend avoiding folding the pleather as it doesn't sit nicely. Sew the two together, repeating for both sides.

3. Put your "right" sides together and sew down the two sides and the bottom. Do this is one stitch and back-stitch the beginning and ending of your seam. To pivot around corners, make sure your needle is down, lift your foot and rotate the fabric.

4. This is an option step, but I suggest it for the longevity of your bag. Take a pair of pinking shears and cut along your cotton fabric. This will help with fraying, as the fabric isn't able to pull as badly.

5. Take your opening of your bag and fold in twice and pin. I did .5" fold each time, however this is again up to you. Make sure to hide the raw edge. Once you have it where you'd like it, sew it up. Most sewing machines you can remove the front. This will allow you to slip the bag over the machine and sew in a straight line, making your life a lot easier.

6. Take your straps and fold in half. Because the pleather doesn't fray you don't have to worry about it fraying. Sew along the edge. I lined up my foot right against the edge of my fabric. I did the same thing to the other side of the strap to make it even and for the straps to sit nicely. This isn't necessary but I like the look of it.

7. Once your straps are sewn, attach them to your bag. I didn't have a means to where I placed them, I simply pinned them and held the bag. I adjusted them until I liked the way the bag sit.

And you're finished! I hope you enjoy this tote bag as much as I do! Want to watch the video? Click here:

Thank you for reading and watching and I'll see you in the next DIY!