Tote Bag Beginning Sewing Project: Sew Everything Workshop

For my third major sewing project, I decided to sew another bag:  The Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag from the Sew Everything Workshop. This tote bag sewing project looked simple and useful.

OK, to be honest I don’t think that tote bags are exactly my style, but this project seemed like another opportunity to work on my sewing skills.

Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag from Sew Everything Workshop
Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag from Sew Everything Workshop

In particular, I need to work on correct fabric alignment as well as precision in measuring.

Again, this project does not come with an included pattern. Since all the essential elements of the bag are rectangles, this works fine. Simply measure out the correct dimensions and you will be on your way. I added a large pocket inside.

One thing I did have a problem with was sewing an exact 90 degree angle using just a ruler. A quick visit to the garage for a right angle ruler fixed this problem. The ruler is pretty huge, so I will consider looking for a smaller one in the future.

The design offers three options. A hand tote, a shoulder tote,  and a long handled (cross body) tote.

Inside Pocket of the Tote-Ally Awewome Tote Bag: Shoulder Version
Inside Pocket of the Tote--Ally Awewome Tote Bag

Each bag has different dimensions for the corresponding bag size. I decided to make the shoulder tote since that is the most useful design for me. I selected fabric that would be easy to work with because it was random and abstract– nothing to line up here! I settled on a black with cream cotton print and a natural cream canvas for the lining.

Overall I think that this is a good project for a beginner. As with the Tokyo Tie Bag, I found the finished dimensions to be a little small. Even a beginner can make the bag bigger easily, so this is not really a problem. Again, I think that the author, Diana Rupp, kept the novice sewist’s best interests in mind because a smaller bag is more affordable (in the likely case of a fatal mistake) and a smaller amount of fabric is more manageable on the sewing machine for a beginner.

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