Crafts Sewing Projects

How to Make a Mini Tote Bag

This year I started to make a few items to sell at quilt shows. I love bags and thought about various styles and types and I came up with this fun one. It’s a mini tote bag/fabric basket. It is super easy to make, doesn’t take much fabric and is about as cute as it gets. When I originally posted some pictures on my Instagram account I got great feedback so I decided to make a quick video tutorial. Get out your fabrics, grab a cup of coffee and learn how to make a mini tote bag with me.

My video takes you through the entire process and I think you will be surprised at how quickly one of these bags comes together. I have listed the supplies needed below.

What You’ll Need

To make one mini tote you will need the following items:

Outer Fabric – 2 rectangles cut 7″ x 9″

Lining Fabric – 2 rectangles cut 7″ x 9″

Handles Fabric – 2 strips cut 2 1/2″ x 6″

Fusible Fleece Interfacing – 2 rectangles cut 7″ x 9″ – I used Pellon 987 which gives the bag a bit of stability. You can find it on Amazon.

General Sewing Supplies

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Once you make one of these mini totes you will want to make more. They are so cute! Make one for yourself or a friend. I think they would make a great gift bag for the holidays or a special occasion. Add some candy and a gift card and you have the perfect package.

Who are you going to make your mini tote bag for?

How to Make a Mini Tote Bag in Various Sizes

If you are a more confident sewer, you can easily adjust the size of your tote bag. These minis measure about 8″ x 5″ when finished. Experiment with various sizes. If you are making a larger version, you will want to adjust the size of the corner cut outs for boxing the corners and you may want to make the handles a bit larger.

Make an entire set in various sizes. That would look great too!

Happy Sewing!

  • Claudia

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