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Make a simple tote bag in one hour

Filed Under: Crafts, sewing

patterned cloth tote bagFor those of us trying to get away from using paper bags and plastic bags at the grocery store, finding the perfect bag to make can be a little difficult. You want your bag to be sturdy enough to carry numerous items, yet be stylish and pretty.

Joan at Lazy Girl Designs has a pattern for making a tote bag in one hour with one yard of fabric. Her step by step instructions are easy to follow, and if you are in a hurry for a last minute birthday gift, the bag should be a big hit for people who are trying to get away from using store bags. Joan also has a link for instructions for making a smaller tote bag.

With Valentine's Day coming up, why not make a few pink and red tote bags? Or you can get a jump start on making Christmas gifts. Yeah, I know, who wants to think about Christmas when it is only January, but seriously, as much as I procrastinate, getting started on the bags now would mean I might actually have them done by the next Holiday!


  • rhoman

    Thanks for this collection of sewing - I had lost the purse organizer link.

  • Joan Hawley

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you for sharing news of my tote project with your readers.

    I love your suggestion of making some bags in reds and pink for Valentine's Day. Great idea!

    My best,
    Joan Hawley
    Lazy Girl Designs

  • Anna S.

    Joan, I love your projects. I hope the readers will be inspired to make one of your simple totes for every month of the year.

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