How to Make a Tote Bag: Free Pattern

This Tote Bag Free Pattern is for the “For Pleat’s Sake”  tote bag.  This tote bag is for a lined bag with pleated details and a curved top edge. The tote bag has a slit on the sides and is finished with leather handles.

how to make a tote bag

How to Make a Tote Bag?


The free pdf pattern was published in U-handbag.  There are no pattern pieces, the pattern include 7 pages of step-by-step illustrated instructions that are very easy to follow.  The pattern is basically a rectangle and the curvy top edge is formed with 6 evenly spaced pleats. The pleats are topstitched with contrasting thread and give this bag a stylish look.


Download Tote Bag Instructions


You’ll Need:

• 3/4yrd (3/4m) Iron-on interfacing

• 3/4yrd (3/4m) Fusible Fleece

• Lining fabric and matching thread (quilting cotton)

• Exterior fabric and matching thread (quilting cotton or linen)

• Disappearing fabric marker

• Bag straps. You can buy the straps or make your own.



how to make a tote bag

how to make a tote bag



Have fun using prints and bold fabrics and use contrasting thread for the topstitching on the pleats and to sew the handles.  The leather handles make this a very stylish tote bag and I love the pleated details!  I hope you like it!

Share pictures if you sew this bag, I’ll love to see what you are making.


Happy Sewing!

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