How To Design & Sew A Reversible Tote Bag From Scratch! | Tiffany Dunn | Skillshare

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How To Design & Sew A Reversible Tote Bag From Scratch!

teacher avatar Tiffany Dunn, Fashion, Sewing, Design

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Reversible Tote Intro

    • 2. Designing & Measurements

    • 3. Cutting Fabric & Interfacing

    • 4. Preparing Straps

    • 5. Preparing Bag Pieces

    • 6. Sewing It All Together

    • 7. Finishing Bag

    • 8. Variation Bag 1: Heart Ties

    • 9. Variation Bag 2: Simple & Elegant

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About This Class

Tote bags are great for so many things!

From carrying your notebooks, art supplies, or lunch, to running errands, traveling or a day at the beach. You could even use them as creative gift bags! Totes are always good to have around. By making your own, you can get creative and make something you will really love for whatever occasion you need! By the end of this class you will know how to do just that. This tote bag is reversible and looks the same on either side, the only difference is your choice of fabric and decoration. Even if you don't want to reverse it, the inside can serve as a lining and make your bag look more finished.

In this class I will share my process to create a basic reversible tote bag, step by step.

If you want to add some shapes to the front like seen in this class, check out my other class, Adding Fun Shapes to Your Sewing Projects!

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Tiffany Dunn

Fashion, Sewing, Design


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1. Reversible Tote Intro: Hey, everyone, my name is Tiffany done, and I love to sell. Today I'll be showing you how to make your own reversible tote bag. I'll start by showing you how to determine the right measurements and then walk you through my process. And after I show you the basics, I'll share a few more ways to change it up and make it your own. By the end of this classroom not only know how to make your own bag, you'll be able to design it as well. For the class project, you'll be making your own bag. You can either design it using any of the variations. All show you, or you can follow along exactly with me. As I walk you through the basics, you can find a list of tools and supplies in the class project section below and keep in mind the amount of fabric needed may vary depending on your design. If you want to add fun shapes to the front, I teach another class that shows you how to do just that. I'll leave the link in the about section of this class. Okay, without further ado, let's get started 2. Designing & Measurements: this'll bag uses two main shapes, a big rectangle and a smaller, narrower rectangle. Draw these on a sheet of paper. The big rectangle is our main bag piece, so I will call it back below the shape. I'm also writing cut for fabric and cut two of interfacing to help. Remind me how many pieces to cut. I can repeat this process with the narrow rectangle writing straps and cut four fabric cut two of interfacing. Now we need to think about what size we want to make our bag. Have a general idea. Write it down. I want my bag to be 13 inches by 16 inches, so I will add those numbers to my basic rectangle shape. Once you finish that, think about straps. I want to make two basic straps and have decided my measurements will be two inches by 16 inches, so I'll write those down as well. We have one thing left to do, and that is determining seam allowance. I'll be working with half an inch. Seem lands along every edge. This translates to a total of one inch at its each width and length measurement. I will apply that now our new bag measurement is 14 inches by 17 inches and our straps three inches by 17 inches. Okay, we have our basic design. Now we need to cut our fabric and interfacing to thes measurements. 3. Cutting Fabric & Interfacing: For this bag, we need four strap pieces and four bag pieces cut from fabric. We also need to straps and to bag pieces cut from interfacing. This totals 12 pieces. You can cut these pieces however you want, and from whenever fabric T want. I'm using a pattern fabric and a matching solid. I will cut two of both the bag and strap pieces from each fabric to cut my solid fabric. I first make sure it's folded in half to cut both pieces at one time and then measure and mark it with the sewing pencil. With this fabric, I need to bag pieces and to strap cases. - After I cut the first set, I then use those pieces as a guide to cut the other fabric. Since I'm cutting so many pieces through the same measurement, I don't want to waste time trying to re measure and mark each fabric. I think we have placed the Arctic Help pieces on top of my new fabric and start cutting. I need to bag pieces and two shot pieces cut from this fabric as well. For interfacing, I prefer a lighter weight iron on. However, interfacing is optional and you can use whatever kind you think will work best for you. I need to cut two straps and to bag pieces are repeat what I did for the last fabric and use it as my cutting guide. 4. Preparing Straps: next, let's work on preparing our stop pieces way have to pattern fabric pieces and two solid pieces. We need to decide which ones will go together to create our straps. I want each strapped to have a different fabric on either side, so I need to pair my fabric pieces like so next. I need to buy one piece of interfacing each set of straps. It does not matter which piece of fabric. As long as each shop gets interfacing. I will use the pattern fabric. Apply interfacing to one piece of fabric from each strap. I ended up cutting my interfacing a little shorter than the width of my straps, so I'm being sure to center it on my piece of fabric in our clip your fabric pieces together with right sides facing each other. You may be wondering why my introducing was not satisfied as my shops. After I cut the interface into my bag, teases, I had a long trip of interfacing left over that I did not want to waste. It was not as wide as I need it, but it was still very close, is the only place really missing. It would be in the seam allowance. Unfortunately, I did not get footage of this, but I did want to mention it. So with happening two seam allowance down each long side. Don't forget the backs. Itch. Turn the pieces right side out and flatten as best you can. Now iron down, line up the edges of the shop on the edge of your sewing, but and sewed on each side again. Okay, you're shops already. Now let's start in the bag. 5. Preparing Bag Pieces: if you think about it, this'll back is sort of made by putting two bags together, so we need to decide which fabric pieces we want to make up each bag. In my finished bag. I have chosen both my solid pieces to make up a bag and both my pattern pieces make up a bag. Pick which pieces you want to make up each bag and keep them together. Once you have your bag sets, you can pick one set of quiet interfacing to and set the other side. I will apply interfacing to my pattern fabrics with right sides facing together or clip around the size of your bag. Make sure you know what side you want to be the top and leave that open so and backstage with half inch seam allowance around the other three sides. Clip the lower two corners and then six zag around the edges, still leaving the top open. If you want to add a design to the front of your bag, now would be the time to do it for this bag. I added a few fun shapes, which I teach another class. I'll leave the link in the about section of this class narrow. You're simply going to repeat the same process suggested with the second set of fabric. Creases minus stand or kissing keep right sides together, sewn back sitch clip corners and six exits. 6. Sewing It All Together: pull the bag without interfacing right side out and then set aside. Measure. How far in you want your struck to start? I won't mind to start three inches from the edge of the bag pin or flip the strap to the bag. This next part is really important. I want the blue sides of the schtrops facing the pattern side of my back, so I will attach it with their facing each other. E. I'll use my first strap as a guide for inserting the other strap, lining it up like So take the bag you set aside and place it into the other bag, lining up side seams and pinning or clipping all the way around. Be sure to stuff the straps in like so as you pin around, I'm also taking the clips I had on the straps and re flipping them to include the new layer of fabric. - Find the middle back of your bag. Turn your back slightly until you can place your sewing put down right before one of the strap sections, so all the way around with the half an inch seam allowance until you pass the very last drop section and backs it. This should leave you with about three inches open 7. Finishing Bag: carefully turn your bag right side out. Take your time because opening is a bit small and you don't want to rip it. - Once the bag is right set out, you'll need to stuff one side into the other. Try to flatten out the top and hide the raw edges than iron around lining the top. Edge up with your sewing foot. So around one more time there's not only closes the gap but gives a nice you're looking finished. Now you're done. Check out the next video to see some ways you can change up this bag. 8. Variation Bag 1: Heart Ties: this bag has a few differences. It is slightly smaller than the other bag was. Straps are made longer to tie and there are four of them. The straps also do not have interfacing. I thought there would be easier to tie without the added stiffness. As you can see in the straps, I have used a couple more solid fabrics toe add more color. I also added the small detail of an extra same. Around the top thes are a few ways to change the look of your bag. The dimensions of this bag are slightly smaller, with the exception of the straw planes, but overall it is still the same shape. I cut my fabric pieces to 16 inches by 13 inches for the bag and 21 inches by 2.5 inches for the straps. This makes the final dimensions to be 15 inches by 12 inches for the bag and 20 inches by 1.5 inches for the straps. The amount of bag pieces remains the same, but do note that you will need eight strap pieces cut To make the four tie straps. You will need a strong pieces, which are divided and cut four veach yellow and think sowing the straps together is the same as the original bag, with the exception of selling her on one of the shorter ends. Then be sure to cut the corners on that end as well. After you turned the shop right side out and iron down simply so close to the edge around those three sides. Repeat this with all four straps and touch to your bag. 9. Variation Bag 2: Simple & Elegant: this bag is really simple. I love this floral pattern so much that I wanted it to be the outside, and I'm keeping the pink as more of a simple lining. I chose to make it a square. This bag also does not use interfacing as the fabric I'm using is already fairly stuff. The dimensions of my pieces are cut to 14 inches by 14 inches for the bag and 2.5 inches by 17 inches for the stripes, making the finish dimensions 13 inches by 13 inches for the bag and 1.5 inches by 16 inches for the shops.