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A tote bag is a great beginner sewing project. We think this free tote bag pattern would be ideal for your very first project to sew. If you are just venturing into the wonderful world of sewing, or even if you are thinking of teaching someone to sew, then check out this tutorial by Christine on the Craftsy blog.
She shows you step by step how to sew this sturdy and attractive unlined tote bag. We recommend a home decor weight fabric or a canvas-type for this project. A simple quilting cotton would be too thin for an unlined tote bag in this case.
It’s easy to sew, has three separate panels so you can mix and match your favorite prints, or a print with a solid, and strong enough to carry a bag of groceries.
Once you have the basics of how to sew this simple tote bag, you can start to add your own design ideas, such as pockets, other seams, a patchwork panel, different handles, or a simple lining. The possibilities are endless.
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When you just need to sew and don't want to get into a really complicated project, you can't beat a classic sewing pattern for a tote bag. We've got 50 of our favorite tote bag patterns hand-picked for you in the store. Go to the shop page to find them all saved by category.