How to Make a Reversible Tote Bag Tote Bag is a beginner sewing project that allows you to experiment with fabric combinations. It is quick, easy and a great way to practice your sewing skills. This bag pattern is designed to be reversible so you can change the look of your tote depending on your mood or outfit. It also includes detailed instructions for adding zipper and slip pockets to either side, making it a useful carry-all for school, work, or the gym.
Whether you choose a neutral or bold fabric for your bag, this tote is sure to be a wardrobe staple. It will make a perfect gift for someone special too!
Double the Style: DIY Guide to Making a Reversible Tote Bag
If you’re using quilter’s cottons or similar lightweight fabrics, consider lining your tote with fusible fleece or interfacing. Cut the fleece or interfacing to fit two of your bag pieces and follow the package directions to fuse it to the wrong sides of the pieces. This adds weight and strength to the bag.
To make your handles, cut two long rectangles from your strap fabric (two out of one fabric and two out of the other) that are twice as wide as your desired strap width. Press them lengthwise and sew along the long open edge, turning and pressing again. This creates a handle casing that will be hidden when the bag is assembled.
When you’re ready to assemble your tote, slip the right-side-out layer of the bag into the wrong-side-out lining layer. Match up the side seams and top edges and sew around three edges leaving the bottom edge open for turning. Then push the lining inside the bag and top stitch around the top edge closing up the opening you used to turn the bag.