Tote Bag Sewing Project

June 27, 2009

I’m a wannabe crafter, but I’m so practical that I’m always looking at projects wondering what I’d do with the finished product if I made it. Sewing seems like a good solution because it’s kind of crafty and kind of practical. And I can do it sitting down. Yes, I’m usually writing about a baking or cooking project, but I’ve had to limit my time in the kitchen because I’m (still!) dealing with a knee problem. So today I bring to you an easy tote bag project. The instructions are here on the Homemade by Jill blog (Note! this is a different Jill…just a coincidence). I’m a beginning sewer, and I think this project is really easy!

Tote Bag 1

Tote Bag 3


  • I found some cute dish towels at World Market. The tote bag in the tutorial is made with Orla Kiely towels from Target. Target seems to be wiped out of all things Orla Kiely.
  • I think this would work pretty well with two pieces of material too: my towels measure 20″x28″ each.
  • If you’re looking at towels, note that the towel will be folded in half, so make sure that the pattern will look OK on both sides of the bag (I looked at some patterns that would end up upside-down on one side of the bag.)
  • I’ll definitely use iron-on interfacing on the next tote bag. This is pretty floppy, even though the towel is thick.


  1. Wow – very impressive! I wish I had that kind of talent/skill to create something so practical and useful.

  2. That is so awesome! I’ve been wanting to pull out my sewing machine and make something with it – this is perfect!

  3. Looks great!!

  4. How cute, glad your able to focus your creative energy somewhere besides the kitchen while you’re injured. I need to learn to use my sewing machine, so projects like this are great. I was lucky to purchase an Orla Kiely serving tray and coffee mug while they still had them at Target.

  5. Ciao ! The bag is really great ! I like the fabric too !!

  6. Your tote looks cool! Much craftier than I will ever be. ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. How cute and fun. I need to get back in to other crafts that don’t involve me eating them! ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe

  8. Very cute. I always wanted to be able to sew. Maybe some day.

  9. Oooh, so cute! I want one too, I can never have enough tote bags.

    Nice work ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. how awesome! i’m starting to get back into sewing and am looking for easy projects:)

  11. I can’t believe you made that! That is amazing!

  12. I LOVE the tote bag! It’s beautiful! I’m So envious of your sewing talent…I can only sew on a button…hmmm.

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