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DIY Handled Tote
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DIY Handled Tote

DIYStyle Vodcast Episode 75

materials needed

  • 1/2 yard fabric for bag
  • 1/2 yard coordinating fabric for lining
  • 1/2 yard cotton quilt batting
  • Sulky KK-2000 spray adhesive
  • Matching Dual Duty XP sewing thread
  • 1 Set Square Designer Bag Handles from Clover


  1. Mark and cut a panel from each of the following: bag fabric, lining fabric and quilt batting, measuring 15” x 29”
  2. Cut a 8” x 11” piece from the bag fabric for the handle tabs


  1. Spray the back side of the bag fabric and the quilt batting with the KK 2000 spray adhesive. Gently lay the fabric on top of the quilt batting and smooth out any wrinkles. Pin the edges to hold in place.
  2. Fold each bag fabric piece (with batting attached-treat as one piece) in half, right sides together, matching raw edges. Pin and stitch a 1⁄2” seam. Do the same with the lining piece, leaving a 6” section of one side seam open for turning the bag inside out.
  3. Trim off 1” along the top edge of the lining (this makes the lining a bit shorter so it won’t peek out the top of your tote). Match the upper edges of the bag and the lining, right sides together and stitch a 1⁄2” seam. Trim corners to reduce bulk.
  4. To make square corners on the bottom of the bag, fold each bottom corner against itself and sew one inch in from the point of the triangle.
  5. Turn the bag right side out, tuck lining to inside and press upper edge. Press body of bag.
  6. Fold handle tab piece in half, right sides together, matching 8” sides. Stitch a 1⁄2” seam, press seam open then turn right side out. Cut finished piece in 1⁄2 forming two 5 1⁄2” x 8” tabs.
  7. Find center of upper edge of tote. Stitch one end of tab to outside of bag, 1⁄2” away from the raw edge. Slip designer handle onto tab, turn under 1⁄2” on other end of tab. Hand tack this end of the tab to the inside of the tote, taking care to secure well.

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