I recently got hold of some upholstery fabric (fabric used to cover furniture) which is perfect for creating bags. It’s stron on the right side while padded from the inside, so it provides double protection for things inside. I decided to sew tote bag since I have plently of books, files and lady stuffs I carry every day so I need a large bag; but since I started to work at an office and dress corpgth I need an elegant piece.
For the first step I cut a rectangle which has the width of the required width of the tote bag, and the length is the required depth of the bag two times plus the required thickness. After that I cut two rectangles which had the length of the required depth of the bag and the width of the required thickness. If this sounds confusing just think about the cuboid nets you used to draw at elementary school (I hope I wasn’t the only one :D). You have to add 2-3 cm seam to every dimension also.
I sewed the two smaller rectangle to the middle of the big rectangle (as seen above), and folded all four “petals” up and sewed them together. The next step is to secure the top seams; this is how it supposed to look:
This is the raw basis of the tote bag, now we just have to add the straps of the bad and some decoration.
On this piece I put some lace on the top and a camea on the front, and sewed the straps OVER the lace. But let your imagination soar, there’s no limit of variations.
I made the straps myself of the same material as I used for the tote bag, but buying ready-made bag straps is also an option.
The final piece in action: